February 2018


Heart Health Takes Center Stage!

Due in part to Valentine's Day, we see a lot of heart-related imagery during the month of February. However, several cardiovascular health-related observances also contribute to the theme, including  American Heart Month   and  National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week  (Feb 11-17).
In This Issue
The CVH1 BPIP has been updated to reflect industry guidelines, algorithms, and protocols for hypertension management released in late 2017.
Cardiovascular health improvement is a major focus of the resources developed by the HHQI team, so we have hundreds (yes, hundreds) of free resources that can help you promote these annual observances among your patients and staff. Below are some HHQI participant favorites:
  • Online Courses with Free Continuing Education (CE) CreditsHHQI University's Cardiovascular Health course catalog currently includes 13 self-paced, online courses with a total of 18.5 hours of free CE credit for nurses (ANCC). Some courses also include continuing competency units for physical therapists (FSBPT). All courses are evidence-based and focus on improving patient outcomes and quality improvement.
  • Educational Videos & WebinarsHHQI's YouTube channel includes many educational videos and webinars related to cardiovascular health improvement organized into topic-specific playlists. Be sure to browse the 'Clinician Videos' and 'Patient Videos' playlists for practical tips on implementing HHQI's educational resources on the ABCS (Aspirin as Appropriate, Blood Pressure Control, Cardiac Rehab & Cholesterol Management, and Smoking Cessation). 
  • HHQI's Cardio MilestonesCurrently more than 2,400 home health agencies are participating in the  Cardio Milestones program, which provides a roadmap to achieving measurable improvement in the cardiovascular health of your patient population.
For more free resources related to cardiovascular health improvement, visit the February Resources page on the HHQI website.
HHQI's 2018 Heart Month Webinar | February 27 | 2-3:30pm ET
Register Now for the Cardiac Rehab Roundtable

Evidence suggests hospital readmissions and all-cause mortality rates are reduced when patients who have experienced a heart attack participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program. However, even as providers are striving to improve and sustain the quality of delivered cardiovascular care, this is often a missed opportunity.
During this webinar presented by HHQI, leading national experts will discuss the diseases & diagnoses that qualify a patient to participate in cardiac rehab and the services that are included. We'll also review available alternatives for those patients who are unable to attend an outpatient program. 

Expert Panelists:

Janet Wright, MD, FACC
Million Hearts®
Executive Director
Kate Traynor, RN, MS, FAACVPR
Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, CVD Prevention Ctr
Bud Langham, PT, MBA
Encompass Home Health
Chief Clinical Officer

Free Continuing Education for Nurses & Physical Therapists

This activity is pending approval of 1.75 hours of continuing education (CE) credit from the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of nursing continuing education through the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). An application is also pending for continuing competency units (CCUs) through the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). To receive CE credit, participants must watch the webinar and complete related coursework in HHQI University. Step-by-step instructions will be discussed at the end of the webinar.

Please visit www.HomeHealthQuality.org/Webinars/CardiacRehab to register or for more information, including learning objectives, the latest status on CEs, and presentation slides as soon as they are available.
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.


February 2018 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Peninsula Home Care in Salisbury, Maryland 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.



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'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 available registration or reminder links. 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. 
Quarterly Networking Event | February 15, 2018 | 2-3pm ET
Get Answers to Your Home Health Questions 

Networking regularly with other home health professionals can fast-track your quality improvement efforts. No matter what challenge your agency is facing, there's a good chance that another agency can offer some valuable first-hand insight. HHQI's quarterly LiveChats are an excellent opportunity to connect and learn what worked -- and what didn't work -- for other agencies when they were in a similar situation.
LiveChat is similar to an online chat room. There is no audio. You will type to ask questions and share your knowledge. It's a fun, casual way to learn from each other'sexperiences. You can also email your questions to us ahead of time to be addressed during the event.
Set an email reminder for the February 2018 LiveChat now! You can also browse past events.

QIO News February 2018
Cardiac Health

In honor of American Heart Month, the February 2018 issue of QIO News explores key aspects to improving the cardiac health of Medicare beneficiaries. Also, learn how to maximize engagement in person and via social media at the 2018 CMS Quality Conference, which takes place Feb. 12-14 in Baltimore.

In the Q&A with Janet Wright, the Executive Director of Million Hearts® discusses the latest achievements and new goals and priorities for the national initiative, now in its second five-year phase.


Upcoming Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

February 15
12pm ET
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
February 20
1pm ET
CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds
February 20
1pm ET
February 21
1pm ET
Living with Diabetes: Ask the Experts
Living Well & Getting Support
American Diabetes Association
March 14
3pm ET
CMS QIO Program National Disparities LAN
On-demand Public Health Response to Severe Influenza*
CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
On-demand Johns Hopkins University
Centers for Technical Assistance and Training in Emory's Rollins School of Public Health
On-demand Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
free registration required
On-demand Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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.

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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