December 2017


HHQI's Top 5 Immunization Resources

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) 2017 is December 3-9 . Promote this annual observance among your patients and staff with HHQI's Top 5 Immunization Resources (2017) listed below or use the filters on our December Featured Resources page to browse additional resources. Please note: You must be registered & logged in to the HHQI campaign website to access some of these featured resources, but registration is easy and free!
In This Issue
  • Immunization & Infection Prevention Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) | This BPIP assists agency leaders in developing strategies to improve immunization programs that are evidence-based and focus on patient and employee safety. This package has been revised to include current immunization guidelines as of August 2017, including recommendations for the 2017-18 influenza season. Statistics and resource links have also been updated.
  • Protecting Patients... and YOU! | This HHQI University course for home health aides reviews the basics about the flue, pneumonia, and shingles including vaccines that help prevent these illnesses.
  • Adult Immunizations | This HHQI University course focuses primarily on Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunizations including 2017 CDC guidelines. (2.0 Nursing CEs)
  • Immunization: Your Strongest Defense | In this 11-minute educational video, patients will learn about symptoms, prevention, and myths associated with the flu, pneumonia, shingles, and vaccines.
  • 10 Common Flu Myths | 1-page tool busts common myths about the flu and the flu vaccine. 
You may use these resources free of charge to get involved and help spread awareness.  You can also follow HHQI on Facebook  and Twitter for ongoing related content.


December 2017 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Team Select Home Care in Tulsa, Oklahoma 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 nearly 14,000 subscribers -- and on the HHQI website. Your achievement will also be shared via HHQI's social media channels.
Your Roadmap to Cardiovascular Health Improvement

If improving your patients' cardiovascular health is a priority at your agency, HHQI can provide the resources and assistance you need to make your efforts successful. Our Cardio Milestones program provides a roadmap to achieving measurable improvement in the cardiovascular health of your patient population. 

Currently, more than 2,400 home health agencies are on the road to cardiovascular health improvement by participating in HHQI's Cardio Milestones program. Is your agency one of them?

Getting started is easy. To achieve Cardio Milestone 1, just join HHQI's Progressive Cardiovascular Learning & Action Network (CardioLAN). By joining, you will be among the first to know details of upcoming cardiovascular health-related webinars and other resources. Please note: You must first register/log in on the HHQI campaign website before you can join the CardioLAN.



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 (with the exception of the December event which has been moved to the second Thursday due to the holidays).

MAY 17
CardioLAN Webinars
(details below)

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 CardioLAN Webinar | December 14, 2017 | 2-3pm ET
Advancing QI Strategies from the Frontline 

There's no one more qualified to speak on the subject of quality improvement in the home health setting than those on the frontline. 

During this Progressive Cardiovascular Learning & Action Network (CardioLAN) webinar from the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign (HHQI), you'll hear from a panel of your peers in home health agencies across the country. These providers will share their quality improvement strategies, successes, and tips for overcoming some common barriers.

Our guest experts will also impart their first-hand knowledge to help answer the following questions:
  • How do you use data to drive your quality improvement efforts?
  • What motivates clinical staff to focus on the basic tasks such as the proper technique for blood pressure assessment?
  • When blood pressure rates are not up to the national standard, what's next?
  • What are ways to improve care for patients with both depression and cardiovascular disorders?
  • Does focusing on Million HeartsĀ® ABCS make an impact?
We hope you'll register now to join us and the HHQI community for this conversation with home health agencies striving to improve the quality of care they deliver.  Slides for this presentation will be posted on the HHQI website as soon as they are available.

If you'd like to be among the first to know about upcoming cardiovascular health-related webinars, join HHQI's CardioLAN today. 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.

QIO News December 2017
A Look at 2018

In the year-end issue of QIO News , we reflect on some accomplishments and lessons learned for the QIO Program in 2017, as well as what's coming in the year ahead. We also look at how the Program is putting patients first by helping them take an active role in their care.

In the  Q&A with Dennis Wagner, Jeneen Iwugo and Dr. Paul McGann leaders of CMS' Quality Improvement and Innovation Group discuss the QIO Program's achievements in 2017 and what health care stakeholders can expect to see from the Program in 2018.


BFCC-QIO Info Required for New Home Health CoP

The new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoP) go into effect January 13, 2018. One of the requirements is section Ā§ 484.50(c) where the Home Health Agency (HHA) is required to provide names, addresses, and telephone numbers for a variety of community services. The regulation specifies providing the name of the "Quality Improvement Organization (as set forth at sections 1152 through 1154 of the Social Security Act) that serves the area where the patient resides. These federally- and state-funded community-based services and organizations provide care for patients who are returning home or who want to avoid institutionalization entities, and are required by federal statute to help connect individuals to community services and supports."

The HHAs will need to include information about the state's Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO). This  BFCC-QIO fact sheet includes a coverage map with specific name and phone numbers. Please contact the applicable BFCC-QIO for additional details.
Common Working File (CWF) Plan to 'Go Dark'

In anticipation of the January 2018 Release, the CWF Hosts will not process claims beginning Friday, December 29, 2017 through Sunday, December 31, 2017. During this period, which is commonly referred to as 'dark days,' the CWF Hosts will install the January 2018 Release, complete weekly/monthly/quarterly processing activities, and perform scheduled data center maintenance.

For more details see your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) websites.
Upcoming Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

December 11
2pm ET
CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program
December 12
2pm ET
Sepsis Alliance
December 12
2:30pm ET
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 13
12pm ET
Improving Access and Linkage to Hepatitis C Care & Treatment in Underserved Populations and Baby Boomers Clinical Directors Network
December 13
2pm ET

Residential Care Options 101 Family Caregiver Alliance
December 14
2pm ET
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
December 18
1pm ET
Living with Diabetes: Ask the Experts
Planning Meals
American Diabetes Association
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. 

Publication number 11SOW-WV-HH-MMD-120417