We Are Working Toward Better Care

St John’s Nursing Home is involved in a fantastic opportunity that just kicked off this week, thanks to Diane Stone, Executive Director who applied to participate in a nationwide project, on behalf of St, John’s.  It’s a National Demonstration project to Improve Health Care in nursing homes and St John’s is one of only 17 nursing homes participating from the entire USA!     We are in good company as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is leading this initiative that hopes to transform the way nursing homes work toward ensuring and improving quality for their residents.  The Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) project will build on the quality assurance programs that nursing homes currently have in place for monitoring and emphasizing ongoing performance improvement.  St. John’s Nursing Center will participate with 16 other nursing homes in four states, California, Florida, Massachusetts and Minnesota, to develop and launch QAPI programs, test technical assistance approaches, and evaluate program implementation. This demonstration will run from September 2011 through August 2013. Demonstration participants will play a key role in helping to shape training materials and resources that will eventually be available to all nursing homes across the country.  It’s a great chance for us to help in nationwide decision making affecting nursing homes and build on our existing Quality Improvement efforts.  There is a great team already involved in the early stages; we are looking forward to engaging other folks in strategies that can improve quality for our residents.   Further information about the project can be found at http://www.stratishealth.org/pubs/qualityupdate/f11/qapi.html written by Carol Ann Preston