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


December 2016 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Lakeview Homecare & Hospice of Stillwater, Minnesota 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.
New HHQI Resource Library Coming in January 2017

The HHQI National Campaign website is loaded with hundreds of free, high quality resources for home health agency leadership, nurses, therapists, social workers, aides and patients. However, some participants have expressed that finding resources can sometimes be a challenge because they are spread across many pages of the website. In response, HHQI will be launching a new Resources page in January 2017.

The new online resource library will be a one-stop shop for all HHQI resources and easily accessible via the main navigation menu across the top of all pages of the website. Filters for Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP), topic, material type, audience and language will make it easy to quickly sort through hundreds of HHQI's resources and find exactly what you need. 

If you're already familiar with where certain resources can currently be found on the website, don't worry. You will be able to continue accessing those resources on those pages. The new Resource page will supplement existing resource pages, not replace them.


Maintaining Heart-Healthy Eating Habits in December

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but not necessarily for cardiovascular health. While we all enjoy hearty and delicious holiday meals, it's important not to wait for New Year's to make a resolution to eat healthy.

To help your patients maintain dietary balance this season, please take a moment to review our Lifestyle Modifications Part 1 video on YouTube. This short video covers the importance of weight reduction and sodium reduction to your patients' cardiovascular health, along with an overview of the DASH eating plan. You can also download this video to your computer or mobile device if you prefer to save rather than stream it. You must register to download it, but it's free and simple to do so.

For even more information on heart-healthy eating, we invite you to download our free evidence-based Cardiovascular Health Best Practice Intervention Packages BPIPs. Part 1 includes information on blood pressure control, and   Part 2 features information on cholesterol management. These packages feature the latest industry guidelines, 
algorithms, and protocols for hypertension management and cholesterol management.

For more information and/or assistance downloading these resources, please contact us at

Additional Resources:
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.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities  (Dec 3)


National Influenza Vaccination Week  (Dec 4-10)

Registration on is required 
to access the BPIPs. Registration is fast and free.



Next CardioLAN Webinar | December 15 | 2-3pm ET
Cholesterol: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Register now to join the HHQI team and CardioLAN members as we welcome Chelsea Leonard, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, for our free quarterly cardiovascular health webinar. Ms. Leonard will discuss cholesterol management and the impacts on the home health patient. Presentation slides will be posted on the webinar details webpage as soon as they are available. 

This activity is has been aproved by the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) for 1.25 hours of 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.

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

Dec 2016 QIO News: CMS Quality Conference Preview

The 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Quality Conference is taking place December 13-15, 2016. The December 2016 issue of QIO News provides a preview of the event, including interviews with keynote speakers and tips on how to follow and engage with conference attendees via social media.


National Influenza Vaccination Week | December 4-10, 2016
It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine 

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 4-10, 2016, provides an opportunity to remind everyone that it's not too late to get a flu vaccine. CDC hopes that these resources will help in your efforts to share flu prevention and vaccination message, or assist you in developing your own collaborative NIVW activities. 

You can also check out CDC's 2016-17 Flu Season Digital Media Toolkit and other free resources to assist your efforts to spread the word about flu complications and the importance of vaccination.

Learn more about  how to fight the flu this season, and remember, it is not too late to get a flu vaccine!
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:  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:
Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

(CEs expire 9/2/17)
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!

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

  Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Blood Donor Month  

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
APR 2017
JUL 2017
Preview reports available in CASPER 9/30/16 by 1/5/17 4/6/17
Quality of Patient Care Star Rating suppression request deadline 10/24/16 1/20/17 4/21/17
Deadline for submitting missing or corrected data 11/18/16 2/10/17 5/12/17
Home Health Compare updated
January 25, 2017 April 2017 July 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-120616