May 2017
brought to you by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign


New Best Practice Intervention Package
Depression Management BPIP

Clinicians require skill sets and strategies to assist patients to measure, manage, and monitor depressive symptoms. HHQI's new Depression Management BPIP is designed to provide evidence-based information, tools, and resources related to depression for community-based settings such as home health. Evidence-based information on anxiety and anxiety disorders is included because research demonstrates depression and anxiety often occur together.

This BPIP emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to care, and as with all HHQI materials, its development has been funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  All tools and resources are provided at no cost.

Nurses who successfully complete the corresponding Depression Management course in HHQI University will earn 3.5 hours of free continuing education (CE) credit. CEs have been approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). To receive CE credit, participants must read the Depression Management BPIP, watch a 10-min multimedia module, and complete an additional 20 minutes of related coursework in HHQI University.
FeaturedResourcesFeatured Resources for May 2017

Each month, the healthcare industry celebrates several observances to bring increased attention to a variety of health issues. HHQI has a wealth of free resources that you can use to help promote these observances among your staff and patients.
Below is a list of HHQI's featured resources that support some of the major health & healthcare-related observances celebrated in May.

In This Issue
High Blood Pressure Education 
& Stroke Awareness Month
Older Americans Month
Women's Health Week (May 7-13)
Senior Health & Fitness Day  (May 31)
World No Tobacco Day (May 31)

Visit HHQI's new  complete resource library  and use the filters to quickly sort through hundreds of free, high quality resources. Our BPIP-specific webpages also provide pre-filtered lists of related resources.


AOTMMay 2017 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Millcreek Home Health and Hospice of Salt Lake City, Utah 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 14,000 subscribers -- and on the HHQI website. Your achievement will also be shared via HHQI's social media channels.



ThirdThursSave 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.

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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. 
DepressionWebinarBroadcast Webinar | May 16, 2017 | 2-3pm ET
Break the Chain: Depression's Link to Hospitalization

Depression CARE for PATients at Home  (Depression CAREPATH) is an evidence-based strategy developed for use in home health care and hospice to support the assessment, monitoring, and case coordination of depression in older adults. Register now to join the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign as we learn how incorporating this model into agency practice can reduce hospitalizations.

Martha L. Bruce, PhD, MPH, Professor
Department of Psychiatry, The Dartmouth Institute
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Martha Livingston Bruce is the principal developer of the Depression CAREPATH, which was funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. The model focuses on education, monitoring symptoms over time, and teaching/supporting self-care practices, and includes two protocols: Depression Screening & Depression Care Management (DCM).

This activity has been approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) for 1.25 hours of nursing continuing education (CE). ASNA is an accredited approver of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). To receive CE credit, participants must watch the 60-minute webinar and complete an additional 15 minutes of related coursework in HHQI University.

QINCorner Improving Outcomes in Long-Term Care

In honor of National Nursing Home Week, the May 2017 issue of QIO News looks at how Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) are working to improve health outcomes among seniors in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. 


HTNControlChallengeCall for Nominations
2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge

Many practices and systems work with their patients to achieve blood pressure control. Clinicians, practices, and health systems that provide continuing care and have achieved hypertension control rates greater than 70% are eligible to enter the 2017 Million Hearts ┬«  Hypertension Control Challenge. The submission deadline is June 2, 2017.
BPchecksHelp AHA Reach 5 Million BP Checks by May 17!

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and the American Heart Association (AHA) needs your help to meet a big goal! Just have your blood pressure checked and visit to be counted toward AHA's goal of 5 million BP checks by May 17. It's a simple, painless check. And it could save your life. 
IMPACTActCall for Public Comments
IMPACT Act Data Elements Public Comments Due June 26

CMS seeks comments from stakeholders on data elements that meet the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) domains of cognitive function and mental status; medical conditions and co-morbidities; impairments; medication reconciliation; and care preferences. The Call for Public Comment period closes on June 26. For more information, visit the   Public Comment webpage.
IndustryEventsUpcoming Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

May 22, 2017
1-2pm ET
AHRQ, National Institute of Mental Health & Clinical Directors Network
June 1, 2017
2-3pm ET
Improving Performance with Pain: OASIS and HHCHPS Measures Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
June 29, 2017
2-3pm ET
OASIS Measures: Improvement in Bathing and Bed Transfers Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CEs expire 9/2/17)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
thru July 23, 2017
Pharmacotherapy for Adults with Alcohol-Use Disorders in Outpatient Settings: A Monograph* Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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
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.
What You Need to Know About Infection Control

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. It's critical that all healthcare workers understand proper infection control procedures and use them every day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medscape are launching a series of six CME/CE activities addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities.
The series includes:
  1. Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings (Available Now)
  2. May: Environmental Services and Infection Prevention
  3. JuneRecognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment
  4. JulyInfection Transmission Risks Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use
  5. AugustInfection Prevention: A Hierarchy of Controls Approach
  6. SeptemberInjection Safety: A System Approach
These CME-/CE- certified activities are available on the MedScape website. You must be a registered Medscape member to access these CME/CE activities, and registration is free. The first activity, Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings is available now. A new activity will be added each month.
ObservancesCurrent & 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!
MAY 2017

JUNE 2017

KeyDatesHHCKey Dates: Home Health Compare & Star Reports

Preview reports available in CASPER 4/6/17
Quality of Patient Care Star Rating suppression request deadline 4/21/17
Deadline for submitting missing or corrected data 5/12/17
Home Health Compare updated
July 2017

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-051017