Wednesday, February 17, 2016

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Provider Call

Holly Harmon
 The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and QAPI are partnering on MLN Connects Calls to broaden discussions related to quality of life, quality of care, and safety issues. The National Partnership was developed to improve dementia care in nursing homes through the use of individualized, comprehensive care approaches to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications. QAPI standards expand the level and scope of quality activities to ensure that facilities continuously identify and correct quality deficiencies and sustain performance improvement. 
This call will focus on infection control, highlighting Antibiotic Stewardship and community-wide efforts, including a presentation from a nursing home administrator. Common concerns related to the clash between individualized, person-centered care and the medical model of controlling infections will also be addressed. This is critical for residents with dementia, who often struggle to complete complex tasks and may have issues with continence. Additionally, CMS subject matter experts will share information about the upcoming Infection Control Pilot Project, as well as updates on the progress of the National Partnership and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI). A question and answer session will follow the presentations. 
Thursday, April 28th
1:30-3:00 PM ET
Discussion Topics:
  • Antibiotic Stewardship, involving urinary tract and respiratory infections
  • Infection Control Pilot Project
  • QAPI
  • National Partnership 
Target Audience: Consumer and advocacy groups, nursing home providers, surveyor community, prescribers, professional associations, and other interested stakeholders. To Register visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early.

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