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


January 2017 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Community Nursing and Home Health of Johnstown, Pennsylvania 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.
HHQI Pilot Study Featured in Home Healthcare NOW

Home Healthcare NOW recently published an article written by several members of the HHQI team:  Janet Lynch, PhD, Corporate Science Officer; Cynthia Sun, MSN, RN Project Coordinator; and Stacie Deslich, MSHA, Health Data Analyst.

Integrating Preventive Cardiovascular Health Into Home Health: A Pilot Study  describes a pilot study conducted in conjunction with the launch of HHQI's cardiovascular health initiative. The project aligns with the national Million Hearts® initiative to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes. The data for the study was drawn from HHQI's Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry (HHCDR) where agency's submit a few pieces of additional patient information related to one or more of the measures that focus on aspirin as appropriate, blood pressure screening, cholesterol management, and/or smoking cessation.

The study demonstrates that home healthcare agencies can contribute efforts with the national initiative to reduce heart attacks and strokes. The results supported the expansion of the HHCDR nationwide which is now open to all Medicare-certified home healthcare agencies.


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 consolidated 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. 

As soon as the new resource library is available, we will make an announcement via our social media channels. Use the links at the bottom of this newsletter to follow us! You will also be notified by email if you subscribe to any of our mailing lists.

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 Resources page will supplement existing resource pages, not replace them.



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.

(more info 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 Educational & Networking Opportunities mailing list  to receive details (topics, objectives, speaker info, & registration links) as soon as they are available. 
Next UP Network Webinar | January 19 | 2-3pm ET
The Value of Home & Community-Based Services

Register now  to learn more about Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) and how partnering with a quality-focused organization can improve patient outcomes. It is important to find the right HCBS partner that focuses on quality improvement. 

During this webinar, you will hear from Tammy Rhoades, BA, CEO and Tina Trimbath, RN, OT, BS of Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy Service Coordination, a n organizatio n that is using data to formally drive quality improvement.  Areas of focus include:
  • Avoidable hospitalizations reduction
  • Mental health diagnosis and treatment improvement
  • Wound care identification and management
Gather ideas to assess potential HCBS partners to work with your organization to improve patient outcomes.


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). 

Visit the HHQI website for additional details and presentation materials as soon as they are available.  To be among the first to know details about future UP Network webinars, please subscribe to the quarterly UPDate e-newsletter.
National Broadcast Webinar | February 14 | 2-3pm ET
Million Hearts ®: A Look Back, A Look Forward

Dr. Janet Wright, Executive Director of Million Hearts®
Million Hearts® is a national initiative launched in 2012 with an ambitious goal to prevent 1 m illion heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Now that 2017 is here, please join the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) team and campaign participants from across the country as we welcome Dr. Janet Wright, Executive Director of Million Hearts®. During this webinar, Dr. Wright will discuss the impacts made by the national initiative and plans for Million Hearts® 2.0. 

Register now or subscribe to our Educational & Networking Opportunities mailing list to get additional details as soon as they are available.

January 2017 QIO News: 2016 CMS Quality Conference

The 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Quality Conference brought together over 2,400 stakeholders from across CMS, the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS Quality Networks, health care providers and beneficiary advocates to discuss how to better promote collaboration and innovation to improve health outcomes. The January 2017 issue of QIO News provides a recap of the two-and-a-half day event and highlights some of the key presentations, awards and takeaways.


CMS Releases Person & Family Engagement Strategy
At its annual Quality Conference last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its new Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Strategy. This strategy outlines key tenets, foundational principles, and values of person and family engagement, while highlighting the importance of collaboration and partnerships to reach the specified goals. Visit the CMS website for more information, including the full strategic plan and summary documents.
Underway Jan 1: IMPACT Act, Home Health Phase 1
The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation of 2014 (IMPACT Act) requires that patient assessment data used in post-acute care settings be standardized to improve quality of care. Watch MLN Connects videos to learn more about this important legislation:
Visit the IMPACT Act website for more information.
Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

January 12, 2017
1:00 - 2:30pm (ET)
CMS National Training ProgramLearning Series Webinar:Coordination of Benefits for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
(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!

  Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Blood Donor Month  

American Heart Month

Age-Related Macular Degeneration 
& Low Vision Awareness Month
National Wear Red Day:  Feb 3

National Cardiac Rehab Week:  Feb 12-18
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-010617