NEWS AND EVENTS 
August 30, 10:30-11:30 am ET
September 11, 12:30-1:30 pm ET
Antibiotic Stewardship Program Informational Webinars
September 18, 1:30-3 pm ET
Dementia Care: Opioid Use & Impact for Persons Living with Dementia Call
DEMENTIA CARE & PSYCHOTROPIC TRACKING TOOL
As we work to eradicate the misuse of psychotropic medications for individuals living with dementia, a key focus must be on individualizing care. The first step is to understand the array of expressions an individual may use and what they mean. The Campaign is developing a new tool to support long-term care communities in this work, starting with knowing the people we serve, what brings them joy and delight, and what causes distress. 
Calling All Pilot Testers!
As a pilot tester, you will provide important feedback to the Campaign on what can be improved on the tracking tool, including how it functions and the reports it produces. The pilot will take place in September.

Send us an email if you're interested in receiving more information about pilot testing.
Dementia Care: How are you doing?
Worksheets
Originally developed for CMS's Focused Dementia Care Survey process, these worksheets have been released to the public so that long-term care communities can use them to assess their own practices in providing resident care.


Survey Guidance on Individualizing Care
Read the current survey guidance on individualizing care for people living with dementia, including specific examples of individualized, non-pharmacological interventions.
NHSN DATA COLLECTION REMINDER
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) such as C. difficile often result in considerable suffering for residents in nursing homes as well as increased costs for the healthcare system. For the last year and a half, nursing homes across the country have been tracking and reporting C. difficile data to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) database to establish a national baseline rate for C. difficile in nursing homes for the first time. However, the work is not done, and ongoing national data collection is vital to improving the quality of nursing home care.

CMS, the CDC, and the Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organizations encourage nursing homes to continue tracking and reporting C. difficile data to NHSN. These inform national patient safety work helping to characterize the national burden of C. difficile, identify risk and protective factors, evaluate intervention effectiveness, and monitor incidence and outbreaks. The data are also valuable for individual nursing home quality improvement purposes, including C. difficile prevention and management and antibiotic stewardship.
Our HelpDesk Team is here for you! We provide support with everything from project design, collecting and interpreting data and locating the resources you need. We'd love to hear how your project is going -- challenges and successes.
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This material was prepared by Telligen, National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-CO-NNHQIC-03/18-001