April 2018


HHQI has free resources to help you promote many of April's annual events among your patients and staff. Visit the April Resources page on the HHQI website.
In This Issue
HHQI's Underserved Populations (UP) Network is dedicated to addressing health and healthcare disparities, including those among minority populations. During National Minority Health Month 2018 (NMHM18), be sure to browse the free, evidence-based resources in HHQI's Underserved Populations Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) and the UP Network webinar archives

Your agency can also observe NMHM18 by asking staff to complete a free educational course in HHQI University's Underserved Populations course catalog, which contains nine courses and a combined total of 16 free continuing education credits for nurses.
Coming in May 2018: Wound Management BPIP

HHQI will be releasing the Wound Management Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) early in May. The BPIP brings together evidence-based practices from leading expert organizations, such as Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN); National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP); International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP); and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

The utilization of an interdisciplinary approach to wound care to improve care and efficiencies is emphasized throughout the BPIP, and m any tools for leadership, clinicians, and patients to support your agency's wound management program will be provided.

To be among the first to know when this and future new/revised BPIPs are available, be sure to subscribe to our BPIPs mailing list.

Types of Wounds:
  • Pressure ulcers/injuries
  • Venous, arterial, and neuropathic lower-extremity wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Skin tears
  • Burns
  • Ostomies
Featured Tools:
  • Specific wound assessment & treatment protocols
  • Wound OASIS specific guidance tool
  • Several online algorithms
  • Clinician pocket cards (HHQI)
  • Updated Wound Management & Pain Management ZONE tools (HHQI)
  • Wound Infection  & SBAR tools from Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN)
  • Sample Clinical Wound & Skin Management Competency
  • Wound Case Studies

Free Continuing Education (CE) Credits for Nurses
A corresponding course will also be available in HHQI University.  This activity has been submitted to Alabama State Nurses Association for approval to award 3.5 contact hours.  Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. To receive CE credits, you must read the BPIP and complete additional coursework in HHQI University.


April 2018 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes NHC HomeCare of Milan, Tennessee for their dedication to improving home health care quality.

Home health agencies that are active in the HHQI National Campaign and closest to the  national, r isk-adjusted ACH 20th percentile and/or the national, risk-adjusted Oral Medication Improvement 80th percentile (or better) are eligible for random selection as HHQI Agency of the Month. 

Be in the spotlight.  Nominate your agency today , and if you are selected, your organization will be prominently featured here in HHQI Inside Edition -- which reaches more than 13,000 subscribers -- and on the HHQI website. Your achievement will also be shared via HHQI's social media channels.
2018 HHCDR Updates Now Complete

HHQI Measures #241 & #2 have been "sun-setted" and removed from HHQI's Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry (HHCDR).  Additionally, two new cardiovascular measures have been added to the HHCDR. P articipating agencies now have the opportunity to submit patient data regarding statin therapy (HHQI Measure #438) and cardiac rehab referral (HHQI Measure #643).
Visit the HHCDR Measures page on the HHQI Data Access website for complete specifications on all current measures.



Save the Dates
'Third Thursdays' Event Schedule
Home health professionals are busy. Now, there's an understatement. In order to make the most of your limited time, HHQI's three primary online Networking events -- LiveChat, Cardiovascular Learning & Action Network (CardioLAN) webinars, and Underserved Populations (UP) webinars -- will  each be held quarterly. 

Events will rotate and always begin at  2pm (ET) on the third Thursday of the month .

(details below)
MAY 17
CardioLAN Webinars

Click on the networking event type above for links to past event recordings and upcoming event registration. You can also browse our online event calendar  or subscribe to our mailing lists  to receive details (topics, objectives, speaker info, & registration links) as soon as they are available. 
Minority Health Month Webinar   |   April 19, 2018  |   2-3pm ET
Serving Racial & Ethnic Minority Populations
Health disparities continue to exist for racial and ethnic minorities. This educational webinar presented by the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign (HHQI) featuring the Office of Minority Health will provide insight for agencies to better address these disparities.

Learn more about the  National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards  in health and healthcare to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and healthcare organizations. The presenters will also share why accurate data collection and reporting is important to assist with improvement strategies.

  • Identify the purpose of the Office of Minority Health
  • Describe two benefits of CLAS Standards for racial & ethnic minority patients
  • Identify two reasons for collecting & reporting more specific racial & ethnic populations data

Carol Jimenez, JD
Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Service


This activity has been submitted  to Alabama State Nurses Association  for approval to award 1.25 contact hours. Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as an  approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

To receive CE credit, participants  must watch the webinar and  complete  related coursework in HHQI University.
Step-by-step instructions  will be reviewed at the end of the webinar.

Please visit the  April 2018 UP webinar page  to register or for more information, including the latest information on CE status and presentation slides as soon as they are available.

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If you'd like to be among the first to know about upcoming educational events, subscribe to our topic-specific mailing lists. Details will be delivered straight to your inbox as soon as they are available, so you'll be sure to get a seat for our most popular webinars.


Upcoming Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

April 10
1pm ET
The Caregiver Advise, Record & Enable (CARE) Act & How It Impacts Your Patients (30 min) Quality Insights QIN
April 10
1pm ET
Trauma Informed Care for People Living with Dementia* The Administration for Community Living
April 10
2pm ET 
Home Health Care News & Complia Health
April 10
3pm ET
State Legislative Approaches to Reducing Behavioral Health Disparities National Partnership to Action to End Health Disparities
April 11
2pm ET
How to Cover the Cost of Flu Vaccination National Vaccination Disparities Partnership
April 11
3pm ET
Medication Safety LAN Event (QIO Program)
April 18
12pm ET
Resources for Integrated Care
April 18
2pm ET
Home Health Care News & Addus HomeCare
On-demand Public Health Response to Severe Influenza*
CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds
On-demand Open School*
More than 30 online courses in quality, safety, leadership, the Triple Aim, and patient-centered care
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Open Door Forums audio podcasts
If you missed the original live event, you can listen to the recording here
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
On-demand CDC-NDEP
*Continuing education credit is included, available, or pending.

Reference to any specific organization or its products or services is for information and convenience and  does not constitute endorsement , recommendation, or favoring by Quality Insights, the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign, or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

This material was prepared by Quality Insights, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality 

Improvement Organization supporting the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign, 

under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. 

Department of Health and Human Services. The views presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 

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