November 2016
brought to you by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign


November 2016 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Idaho Home Health & Hospice of Twin Falls 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, risk-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 15,000 subscribers -- and on the HHQI website. Your achievement will also be shared via HHQI's social media channels.
Home Health Takes Center Stage in November

In addition to observing National Home Care & Hospice Month throughout November, home health aides are celebrated during the week of November 13. We all realize the contribution a home health aide makes to the patient's care, but this is the time to make an extra special effort to recognize this unique group of dedicated workers. 

Watch for the continuation of the A Day in the Life series focusing on home health aides on MyHHQI Blog , and take a look at HHQI University's new course for home health aides detailed in the Featured Campaign Resources section below.


HHQI University Now Offers Home Health Aide Courses

HHQI is excited to announce the addition of a new online course catalog in HHQI University designed for home health aides! Courses in the new  Home Health Aide catalog are appropriate for home health or hospice aides and community health workers. And like all things HHQI, they are absolutely free.

The first 1-hour course in the Home Health Aide catalog,  Heart Attack & Stroke Risk Factors, Signs & Symptoms , includes videos, online activities, and a short post-test. Everyone who successfully completes the course by scoring at least 80% on the post-test will earn a certificate of attendance which is available immediately. Learn how to register and complete this course today!
Serving Up the Industry's Most Valuable Resources

The amount of home health care information available online can be a bit overwhelming, and finding key resources to support your quality improvement efforts can be a job in and of itself. How do you find the time to evaluate resources while prioritizing patient care? You start with HHQI.

Here at the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign (HHQI), we leverage our strong, long-standing industry relationships and are constantly digging through that never-ending sea of home health information to bring you the industry's most valuable free evidence-based resources. Our website is chock-full of these educational tools, information, and webinars. In this monthly newsletter, we'll feature those that apply to the current month's health-related observances. Looking for resources on a different topic? Just email us, and we'll be happy to help.

National Family Caregivers Month
American Diabetes Month
Native American Heritage Month
Veterans' Day   (Nov 11)
Great American Smokeout  (Nov 17)
National Rural Health Day  (Nov 17)

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Make the Most of Your Free HHQI Data Reports

HHQI uses OASIS data to generate free custom data reports on high-priority topics such as Acute Care Hospitalizations (ACH) for all CMS-reporting home health agencies. On November 17 in Saratoga Springs, New York, RN Project Coordinators from the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign team will provide personalized, hands-on guidance on data interpretation and the next steps toward developing and sustaining a strong Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan.

You are encouraged to bring your agency's custom HHQI data reports with you for personalized guidance on interpretation as well as suggested next steps. To access these reports, register or login to the HHQI Data Access System. Sample reports will be provided for those who do not bring their agency's custom reports.

This workshop also includes free continuing education credits for nurses.  Learn more or register today!
Join the CardioLAN
Next CardioLAN Webinar: Cholesterol Management 

On December 15 (2-3pm ET), the HHQI team and CardioLAN members will welcome Chelsea Leonard, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, for our free quarterly cardiovascular health webinar. Ms. Leonard will discuss cholesterol management and the impacts of the home health patient. 

This activity is pending approval by the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) for continuing education credit for nurses. ASNA is an accredited approver of continuing nursing eduction through the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

To be among the first to know further details as soon as they are available, please join the CardioLAN today!
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 to always begin at  2pm (ET) on the third Thursday of the month.


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 Educational & Networking Opportunities mailing list  to receive details (topics, objectives, speaker info, & registration links) as soon as they are available. 

Nov 2016 QIO News: Improving Disease Management

In honor of American Diabetes Month and Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, the November 2016 issue of QIO News looks at innovative approaches to disease self-management, education, and improving caregiver and community supports. 


WOCN Releases Updated OASIS-C2 Guidance

On November 3, 2016, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) released updated guidance on OASIS-C2 Integumentary Items to address the transition from C1 to C2 planned for January 1, 2017.
CMS Seeking Public Comments

Supporting materials and additional details for the following projects are available on the  CMS Quality Measures Public Comment Page.

Project Title: Refinement of Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers that are New or Worsened (Short-Stay) (NQF #0678) and Language Modifications Being Explored with the Term "Pressure Injury"
Public Comment Period:  October 17, 2016 through November 17, 2016

Project Title: IMPACT Act of 2014 Cross-Setting Quality Measure: Percent of Home Health Episodes with an Admission and Discharge Functional Assessment and a Care Plan That Addresses Function
Public Comment Period: November 9, 2016 through December 9, 2016
Email Comments to:

Project Title: Quality measures to satisfy the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) domain of: Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences When an Individual Transitions
Public Comment Period: November 10, 2016 through December 11, 2016
Email Comments to:
CDC Digital Media Toolkit: 2016-17 Flu Season

With flu season just around the corner, CDC relies heavily on its network of partner organizations to promote its messages and activate communities to get vaccinated. Check out CDC's Digital Media Toolkit and other free resources to assist in your efforts to spread the word about flu complications and the importance of vaccination!
New Tool Helps Predict Treatment Effects on CV Risk

A new tool for doctors and patients will help predict how well four preventive therapies affect long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to a   special report  published by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

The risk assessment tool, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts Initiative and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, allows a patient's risk to be updated based on how they respond one or all four preventive therapies. It will be used in a federal study to determine whether financially rewarding doctors for reducing their patients' risk results in fewer heart attacks and strokes. Read more.
Native American Heritage Month
Wisdom Warriors: Living Wise, Living Strong
Learn how Washington is successfully enrolling tribal members in Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) workshops through the Wisdom Warriors Program, a culturally competent adaptation of the Stanford chronic disease self-management program for tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest. Tribal people get information from various resources, usually by word of mouth. The program promotes the use of storytelling in health messaging and peer-to-peer education. The program honors tribal sovereignty and tribal customs and values. Poverty, poor medical care, and loss of traditional ways have left many tribes vulnerable; Wisdom Warriors helps to adapt to new ways of life and respond to historical trauma.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the Wisdom Warriors program packet, contact: Becky Bendixen or Melody Coleman at 360-676-6749
Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

November 15, 2016
1-2pm ET
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
thru July 23, 2017
Pharmacotherapy for Adults with Alcohol-Use Disorders in Outpatient Settings: A Monograph* Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
On-demand Pink Book Webinar Series*
Overview of the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
On-demand Open School*
More than 30 online courses in quality, safety, leadership, the Triple Aim, and patient-centered care
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Open Door Forums audio podcasts
If you missed the original live event, you can listen to the recording here
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
On-demand National Diabetes Education Program Webinar Series

*Continuing education credit is included or available.
Current & Upcoming Health-Related Observances

Each month, the healthcare industry puts the spotlight on a variety of health & wellness issues that impact home health patients and professionals. Follow the links below for more information and resources to get involved and help spread awareness. You can also follow HHQI on Facebook , Twitter , and LinkedIn for ongoing related content. Post your favorite photos and free resources & events on our Facebook page, and we'll share them with our followers too!

  National Home Care & Hospice Month

National Famil y Caregivers Month

American Diabetes Month

Native American Heritage Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

COPD Awareness Month
National Alzheimer's Disease 
Awareness Month  

National Home Care Aide Week
Nov 13-19 |  NAHC

World Diabetes Day  | Nov 14

Great American Smokeout  | Nov 17

National Rural Health Day | Nov 17


World AIDS Day  | Dec 1

International Day of 
Persons with Disabilities
Dec 3 |  United Nations CDC
National Influenza Vaccination 
Week | Dec 4-10 |  CDC

Human Rights Day | Dec 10
Key Dates: Home Health Compare & Star Reports

The latest Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports are now available in the CASPER folders. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in January 2017. 

JAN 2017
Preview reports available in CASPER 9/30/16
Quality of Patient Care Star Rating suppression request deadline 10/24/16
Deadline for submitting missing or corrected data TBD
Home Health Compare updated
January 2017

Geriatric Home Health Resources from CHAMP

Champ logo 

The Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) Program was the first national initiative to advance geriatric home care excellence. CHAMP's valuable resources and e-presentations are still available online.

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. 

Publication number 11SOW-WV-HH-MMD-111116