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

Worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Throughout the month of June, the Alzheimer's Association helps spread global awareness of its vision of a world without Alzheimer's. The highlight of this month is the celebration of The Longest Day on June 21 when the Alzheimer's Association encourages everyone to "Go Purple" to show their support to end Alzheimer's -- one of the most common diseases impacting the brain.

Show your support by using #GoPurple and #ENDALZ on social media. Click here for more information and resources related to this and other health observances in June.


Congratulations to the new HHQI Agency of the Month

Through the delivery of state-of-the-art home care services, Greenspring Home Support Services are dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care with compassion and respect for each person in our Continuing Care Retirement Community. The team is driven by the philosophy of commitment to our patients, leadership and excellence and is guided by a tradition of personal, clinical and technological excellence. HHQI provides a wealth of resources to assist our agency in quality improvement efforts targeted to improving continuity and quality of care, empowering patients through education and self- management, as well as concomitantly reducing the incidence of re-hospitalizations. We recognize the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each person.  We strive to extend the highest level of courtesy, professionalism, and service to patients. We believe that serving patients is the most important activity of the organization. 



Jennifer Martin, RN, BSN, HCS-D, COS-C

Clinical Manager 

GSV Certified Home Health


Would you like the chance to show the nation how committed to quality improvement your home health agency is? Nominate your agency today.


New educational videos help patients control blood pressure, understand smoking effects


Getting your patients to take an active role in improving their health can put them on the fast-track to positive outcomes. However, we all have different learning styles and absorb information presented in some formats better than others. New educational videos from HHQI are a great resource for many patients (and clinicians!) who learn best through audio-visual formats.

New CE course added to HHQI University


The new course for HHQI University this month is Fundamentals of Medication Management. This course takes a look at three key best practice interventions including:

  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Medication Adherence
  • Medication Knowledge

The session includes reading the Medication Management Focused BPIP, online activities, and an evaluation and post-test. There are 2.0 nursing Continuing Education credits (CEs) approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association. Certificate of attendance is available for all other disciplines.

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, Influenza & Pneumoccocal Immunizations, and Cardiovascular Risk for all CMS-reporting home health agencies. May 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.


June 11, 2015
2-3pm ET
OnlineHHQILiveChatOpen discussion; all topics
June 18, 2015
2-3pm ET
OnlineHHQICardioLAN WebinarNext Steps in Progressive Cardiovascular Care, Part 1: Aspirin & Blood Pressure
July 16, 2015
2-3pm ET
OnlineHHQICardioLAN Webinar
Next Steps in Progressive Cardiovascular Care, Part 2: Cholesterol & Smoking
July 17, 2015
10am-3pm CT
Grove, IL
Illinois HomeCare
& Hospice Council
Hands-On WorkshopData Diving: Discovering Buried Treasures in HHQI Data Reports


CMS issues Medicaid & CHIP managed care regulation to strengthen delivery of quality care

On May 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to modernize Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care regulations to update the programs' rules and strengthen the delivery of quality care for beneficiaries.  This proposed rule is the first major update to Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than a decade.  It would improve beneficiary communications and access, provide new program integrity tools, support state efforts to deliver higher quality care in a cost-effective way, and better align Medicaid and CHIP managed care rules and practices with other sources of health insurance coverage.

To learn more, visit www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-26-05.html.

HHS awards $112 million to help 5,000 primary care professionals advance heart health

On May 26, 2015, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced awards of $112 million to regional cooperatives to work with about 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states to improve the heart health of their nearly 8 million patients. AHRQ's EvidenceNOW initiative will help primary care practices in both urban and rural communities use the latest evidence to encourage Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People.

For more information about AHRQ's EvidenceNOW initiative, including details on each of the grantees and cooperatives, visit www.ahrq.gov/evidencenow.html.


Now accepting applications:
Million HeartsŪ CVD Risk Reduction model

On May 28, 2015, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a unique opportunity for physician practices to decrease cardiovascular disease risk for tens of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries by assessing an individual patient's risks for heart attack or stroke and working with them to reduce those risks.

Currently, providers are paid to meet specific blood pressure, cholesterol or other targets for their patients as a group. In a new approach, the Million HeartsŪ model will use a data-driven, widely accepted predictive modelling approach to generate personalized risk scores and modification plans for patients, and providers will be paid for reducing the absolute risk for heart disease or stroke among their high-risk patients.

For eligibility and application details, visit http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Million-Hearts-CVDRRM.



June 9, 2015
12-1:30pm ET
OnlineClinical Directors Network, Inc.Multi-level Interventions to Improve Hypertension Control for African-Americans in Context
June 11, 2015
12-1pm ET
OnlineClinical Directors Network, Inc.Patients in Context - EHR Capture of Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health
June 11, 2015
2pm ET
OnlineInstitute for Healthcare ImprovementDisability Competent Care
June 18, 2015
1-2pm ET
OnlineThe Joint CommissionInfection Control in Home Care
June 25, 2015
2pm ET
OnlineInstitute for Healthcare Improvement
The IHI Triple Aim: Lessons Learned from the First Seven Years
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
Home Care resources from The Joint Commission


Click here to view and listen to previously presented webinars by the Joint Commission Home Care team and guest panelists on a variety of topics, including:

  • I'm Accredited; Now What? A Guide to The Supportive Resources Available for Newly Accredited Home Care Providers
  • Strategies to Address the 10 Most Commonly Cited Home Care Standards
  • Leading Practices to Improve Staff Compliance in Home Care
  • Preparing for Your First Home Care Resurvey; What to Expect and Lessons Learned from Other Providers

Additional home care resources from the Joint Commission for accredited organizations are available here.

Resources from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The IHI Open School offers a collection of free resources including improvement stories, videos, publications, tools, audio clips, activities, and links to recommended websites. Resources are designed for individual and group use.


Check out IHI Open School's newly updated activities, which now include learning objectives, discussion questions, and facilitator guides.

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-060415