May 2015
brought to you by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campagin

As part of its efforts during May's National High Blood Pressure Education Month, the American Medical Group Foundation is hosting its second annual Measure Up/Pressure DownŽ National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves! today, Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Last year, 70 campaign supporters participated in the inaugural National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves!, and collectively reached 57.4 million Americans through screenings, local events, materials dissemination, social media, website, media coverage, and more.

Visit the Measure Up/Pressure DownŽ website now for more information, and watch for a related blog post on MyHHQI Blog on May 29.



Congratulations to the new HHQI Agency of the Month

The Visiting Nurse Service of Northeastern NY provides a wide variety of in home services to help manage the care of patients in the comfort of their home whether they are returning home from the hospital, striving to live independently as long as possible, or looking for
specific services to allow them to function better. The VNS of NENY is an innovative provider of community based care services by assessing needs, coordinating resources and planning comprehensive care. Our goals are to provide quality care and keep re- hospitalization occurrences to a minimum. This is achieved through patient/caregiver teaching, medication review, and management of symptoms related to multiple chronic conditions.
Kathleen Paul
VP of Clinical Services
Visiting Nurse Services of Northeastern New York 

Would you like the chance to show the nation how committed to quality improvement your home health agency is? Nominate your agency today.
Share Your Expertise on MyHHQI Blog 

The HHQI community is full of healthcare experts with diverse backgrounds, and a major objective of the campaign is to help facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences among participants. One way we accomplish this is by encouraging participants to contribute to MyHHQI Blog.

We are currently seeking guest bloggers for the following June health observance topics:
  • Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
  • Men's Health Month
  • National Safety Month
  • Cataract Awareness Month
If you would like to contribute a post on one of the topics above or if you have another topic in mind, please contact us at


Improving Cardiovascular Health for At-Risk Populations


1. Online Course with Free Nursing CEs

The Cardiovascular Health for At-Risk Populations online course is now available through HHQI University. This course is designed to improve awareness of at-risk populations' increased risk, issues, and barriers that affect cardiovascular health. The additional resources detailed below are included in the course materials.

2. New Focused Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP)

The 35-page Cardiovascular Health: At-Risk Populations Focused BPIP identifies specific risks for certain at-risk populations including racial/ethnic, gender, health literacy barriers, and regional variances. S
trategies to address barriers and many related tools and resources for clinicians and patients are also provided.

3. New Educational Video for Clinicians

A new Cardiovascular Risk Factors Video BPIP has also been posted. The 8-minute  Race & Ethnicity Cardiovascular Factors Video BPIP is a valuable educational resource for clinicians. Follow the link to watch on YouTube or download and save it to your computer.

HHQI Data Reports: Free to all CMS-certified HHAs

Have you registered on the HHQI Data Access System to access your agency's custom data reports? HHQI uses OASIS data to generate custom data reports on Acute Care

FINAL_DATA Hospitalizations, Oral Medications Management, Immunizations, and Cardiovascular Risk for all CMS-reporting home health agencies. April 2015 reports were recently uploaded.


These reports require no additional work on your behalf. They're waiting for you now in the HHQI Data Access System. Register or log in now.


May 14, 2015
2-3pm ET
OnlineHHQILiveChatOpen discussion; all topics
May 21, 2015
2-3pm ET
OnlineHHQICardioLAN WebinarPanel discussion focusing on lessons learned
July 17, 2015
10am-3pm CT
Downers Grove, ILIL Home Care & Hospice CouncilHands-On WorkshopData Diving: Discovering Buried Treasures in HHQI Data Reports

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New QIO Program Structure Puts Patients First

As of August 1, 2014, CMS redesigned its Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program to further enhance the quality of services for Medicare beneficiaries. The new organizational design and approach separates the regulatory complaint review process from quality improvement work, empowering BFCC- and QIN-QIOs to team with patients and providers in a more efficient way. Although the QIO Program structure has changed, the Program's commitment to driving rapid, large-scale change that puts patients first and contributes to better patient care, better population health and lower costs through improvement, remains the same.

The recently released QIO Program Progress Report provides a succinct overview of current QIN-QIO accomplishments in a compelling online format.


Are You Ready? Helpful ICD-10 Resources from CMS

The countdown has begun. The ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets on October 1, 2015. ICD-10 will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), not just those who submit Medicare or Medicaid claims.

Click here for helpful compliance resources from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


May 7, 2015
1:30-2:30pm ET
OnlineCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesAll About Home Health Patient Survey Survey (HHCAHPS) Star Ratings
May 12, 2015
1-2pm ET
OnlineInstitute for Healthcare ImprovementBetter Health and Lower Costs for Patients with Complex Needs
May 21, 2015
1-2pm ET
OnlineThe Joint CommissionI'm Accredited; Now What? (for accredited home care providers only)
June 18, 2015
1-2pm ET
OnlineThe Joint CommissionInfection Control in Home Care
August 20, 2015
1-2pm ET
OnlineThe Joint CommissionEmergency Preparedness Strategies for Home Care Providers
October 26-27, 2015
Los Angeles, CANHF, PFCC Partners & HSAG6th Annual Patient and Family Centered Care Conference
Geriatric Home Health Resources from CHAMP

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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-050715