June 2018


HHQI has free resources to help you promote many of June's annual healthcare observances among your patients and staff. Visit the June featured resources page on the HHQI website.
In This Issue
HHQI Resources: Top 5 Interactive Patient Tools

There are more than 1,000 high-quality educational materials in HHQI's complete online  Resource Library . So how do you wade through them all to quickly find the resources that are relevant to your agency's current needs? If you're looking for a specific resource, use the search bar at the top of the website. Otherwise, use the drop-down filters in the middle of the page to narrow your searches by topic, audience, language, etc. You can watch this short  6-minute tutorial for a demonstration. Please note, registration is required to access many of the resources, but it is easy and free!
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One of the filters is Material Type. Click on the icon legend on the page for quick descriptions of the material types. Today, we will highlight the most downloaded "Interactive Tools" which are defined as "tools that require user input or include fill-in fields such as worksheets and forms." The top five include: 
  1. ZONE and Stoplight Tools (heart failure & diabetes) use green/yellow/red theme for recognizing and managing specific diseases.
  2. Patient workbooks & Home Telehealth: Disease Management Series (includes workbooks) provide self-management education on various diseases.
  3. Medication Schedules & Pocket Cards assist patients to manage medications with medication listing or to provide list to other providers.
  4. Action Plans are tools to assist patient activation into self-management and include a confidence and importance/efficacy ruler.
  5. My Emergency Care Plan is similar to the ZONE tools but uses symptoms vs. a specific disease which is appropriate for patients with multiple diseases.
Have you used any of these tools? What tool is your favorite? Do you have a short success story you would like to share about any of the tools and resources from HHQI?  Please email us at HHQI@qualityinsights.org.


June 2018 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Community VNA of Attleboro, Massachusetts 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 13,000 subscribers -- and on the HHQI website. Your achievement will also be shared via HHQI's social media channels.
HHQI University Surpasses 560k CE Hrs Awarded

HHQI University students can enroll in nearly 50 different on-demand courses that provide education on evidence-based practices and integrating into day-to-day care and activities. There are courses for leadership, nurses, therapists, social workers, and aides. All courses provide nursing continuing education approved by Alabama State Nurses Association (ANCC provider). Several courses are approved for Physical Therapy ( ProCERT ) and Social Worker CEs (NASW).
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The goal for HHQI University is to provide meaningful evidence-based education easily to providers to ultimately improve patient care. Today, more than 560,000 educational hours have been awarded since the inception of HHQI University in January 2015.

THANK YOU to the more than 6,660 registered users!
Upgrades Coming to HHQI Data Access

HHQI's secure Data Access system is getting an upgrade this summer. Here's what you should know now to plan for any needed adjustments in obtaining your reports:
  1. You will continue to see the monthly report for the current year (2018), but the historical OASIS-based reports (ACH, OM, FLU & PNE Immunization Reports, Cardiac Risk Reports) dating from 2010-2017 will be condensed to annual reports showing all 12 months' data for that specific year. 
  2. The Data Access System will be unavailable from June 18 through June 20. This will impact access to the support resources, tutorial webinars, FAQs, OASIS-based reports, and the HHCDR.
Please email us at  HHQI@qualityinsights.org with any questions or concerns.



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 .

MAY 17
CardioLAN Webinars
(details below)

Click on the networking event type above for links to past event recordings and upcoming event registration. You can also subscribe to our mailing lists  to receive details (topics, objectives, speaker info, & registration links) as soon as they are available. 
Quarterly CardioLAN Webinar | June 21, 2018 | 2-3pm ET
Providing State-of-the- heArt Care:
Statin Therapy for the Prevention & Treatment of CVD

Chelsea Leonard, PharmD
Advances in cardiovascular treatment options occur each day, but few interventions have stood the test of time like statin therapy. During our next CardioLAN webinar, you'll get a refresher on cardiovascular disease basics and then learn about newer findings related to statin therapy, such as which of your patient populations could benefit most and its effects beyond cholesterol management. 
Matthew Holland, PharmD
You'll also learn how to best integrate cardiovascular evidence-based practices into your agency and how to help your patients understand all of the benefits of statin therapy. Our featured experts -- Chelsea Leonard and Matthew Holland -- will also discuss non-pharmacologic options and address your questions during this 60-minute presentation.


This activity has been submitted to Alabama State Nurses Association for approval to award 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 credit, participants must watch the webinar and enroll in the corresponding course in HHQI University's Cardiovascular Health course catalog (available after the live webinar broadcast) to complete related coursework. Step-by-step instructions will be reviewed at the end of the webinar.



In anticipation of the July 2018 Release, the Common Working File (CWF) Hosts will not process claims beginning Friday, June 29, 2018 through Sunday, July 1, 2018. During this period, which is commonly referred to as 'dark days,' the CWF Hosts will install the July 2018 Release, complete weekly/monthly/quarterly processing activities, and perform scheduled data center maintenance. Learn more.
Upcoming Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

June 6 thru Sept 26 
12 p.m. ET
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 13
3-4:30 p.m. ET
QIO Program National Disparities LAN
June 21
12-1:30 p.m. ET
Innovations in Patient Engagement to Improve Patient Safety in Primary Care: Create a Safe Medicine List Together*
Clinical Directors Network & AHRQ
June 21
1-2 p.m. ET
June 21
2-3 p.m. ET
IMPACT Act: Frequently Asked Questions Call Medicare Learning Network
June 26
1-2 p.m. ET
Finding the Balance: Enhancing Self-Efficacy in Persons Living with Dementia* American Society on Aging
June 27
2-3 p.m. ET
Home Health Agencies: Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Algorithm Call Medicare Learning Network
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(registration is req'd but free)
Family Caregiver Alliance
Home Health Review and Correct Reports Webinar Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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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