October 2015
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Congratulations to the new HHQI Agency of the Month

Valeo Home Healthcare was established in 2011 by a core group of clinicians seeking to provide the best in patient care and raise the standard of health care provided in the home. We are a local company whose employees live in the communities in which they serve. 

Through our partnership with HHQI, we have been able to offer advanced educational opportunities to our staff, as well as provide them with evidenced based tools to utilize in their practice. Reducing the risk of avoidable hospitalizations is at the forefront of health care today, no matter the setting in which it is practiced. Competent medication management, education, and continuous reconciliation of medications in the home is a key component to 
preventing avoidable hospitalizations. 

With the multitude of providers and specialists often 
involved in the patient's care today, home health can be the eyes and ears in the "real" environment in which the patient lives and provide a level of coordination of care among multiple disciplines and settings.

Lisa S. Kissell, MPT 
Administrator, Valeo Home Health and Hospice

Be in the spotlight.
If your home health agency is active in the HHQI National Campaign and close to the national, risk-adjusted ACH 20th percentile and/or Oral Medication Improvement 80th percentile (or better), your agency is eligible for random selection as HHQI Agency of the Month.
Nominate your agency today! 


Pave Your Path courses add 8 FREE Nursing CEs

On October 1, the Quality Improvement course catalog was added to HHQI University. This new catalog offers 8 new free continuing education credits for nurses who successfully complete the sequential 4-course Pave Your Path series:
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  • Course 1: How to Improve - Will, Ideas & Execution
  • Course 2: Using the Model for Improvement
  • Course 3: Learning Toward Improvement
  • Course 4: Improvement Science & Helpful Techniques
These courses provide practical applications of the Model for Improvement as a framework to improve quality using free HHQI National Campaign resources. Participants who complete all four Pave Your Path courses will understand how to implement a systematic approach to redesigning and improving their system of care by using well-tested improvement methods.

Click here to learn how to enroll.



October 15, 2015 | 2-3pm ET
UP Webinar: Coordinating Veterans' Health Care

Because 1 in 3 seniors in this country is a veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran, it's likely that your home health agency provides care to many veterans and/or their spouses. These heroes may be eligible for a unique benefit through the VA that provides funding to help keep loved ones safe and comfortable with home care. Millions of qualifying veterans and families go without this benefit simply because of a lack of information or help.

Register now to join the HHQI team and Ben Terrill of the Veterans Care Coordination Center for a free webinar to learn more about eligibility for veterans' services, qualifications, and services to assist senior veterans and their spouses obtain the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit.


HHQI will be presenting two education sessions during the 2015 National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on October 30. Attendees will receive valuable guidance and resources from HHQI RN Project Coordinators Misty Kevech, Crystal Welch, and Cindy Sun.

  • Session 610: How to Understand and Utilize HHQI's Cardiovascular QAPI Plan
  • Session 710: How to Improve Outcomes Related to Influenza & Pneumococcal Immunization (with special guest speaker Mary McGoldrick, MS, RN, CRNI, Infection Preventionist and Consultant for HH, Home Health Systems, Inc., St. Simons Island, GA)

You can also visit the HHQI team at Expo Booth #1026.

Save the Dates: New "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, rotating to always occur from 2-3pm (ET) on the third Thursday of the month.

Click on the Networking Event type below for specific dates and available registration or reminder links. You can also browse our online event calendar.

November 3 Webinar: Unleashing the Power of Data

Please consider joining the Quality Improvement Organization-Quality Innovation Network (QIN-QIO) National Coordinating Center (NCC) for their next National Learning & Action Network (LAN) webinar, Unleashing the Power of Data! This session in the Sharing Knowledge, Improving Health Care Series is open to QIN-QIOs, partners, providers, and beneficiaries.

Registration is required. Reserve your spot for this free webinar now: 


New Preview Reports with Star Ratings Now Available

Preview Reports reflecting results from the Home Health Care CAHPS (HHCAHPS) Survey from April 2014 through March 2015 (Q2, 2014-Q1, 2015) are now available on the HHCAHPS website under the "For HHAs" tab. These same data will appear on Home Health Compare (HHC) on Medicare.gov around January 21, 2016. The deadline to submit a request to have the star rating data suppressed is October 17, 2015. Please follow the directions laid out in the Preview Reports to submit a suppression request.

The October refresh of the Home Health Compare (HHC) website will occur on October 8. The data presented on HHC in October were previewed in the reports posted on CASPER in July.
CVD Risk Reduction Model applications due Oct 8

The Million HeartsŪ: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model test is a randomized-controlled trial designed to identify and test scalable models of care delivery that reduce Cardiovascular Risk. CMS will enroll up to 720 practices into the model. Half of the enrolled practices will be randomized to the intervention group, and half to the control group. All practices will be eligible for additional funding for participation.

The Million HeartsŪ: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction model seeks a diverse range practices, varying in size, patient case mix, and other patient demographic factors. The following practices are eligible to apply to participate in the Million HeartsŪ: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model test:

  • General/family practice, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, multi-specialty care, nephrology or cardiovascular care
  • Applicants can be private practices, community health centers and other community-based clinics, hospital-owned physician practices, hospital/physician organizations, or retail clinics
Watch the overview webinar to learn more or click here for application instructions.
Enter the 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge by Oct 31

High blood pressure is out of control for too many Americans. The latest data show that nearly 1 in 3 American adults-approximately 70 million-has high blood pressure, and only about half have it safely controlled.

Many practices and systems have succeeded in working with their patients to get blood pressure under control. Over 12 million adults are served by the 41 Hypertension Control Champions recognized to date.

This year, Million HeartsŪ wants to recognize even more Hypertension Control Champions. Clinicians, practices, and health systems that provide continuing care and have achieved hypertension control rates greater than 70% are eligible to enter.

Please help spread the word by submitting your nomination or encouraging high-performing small and large practices to enter the 2015 Million HeartsŪ Hypertension Control Challenge.

he Challenge is open August 18 through October 31, 2015.
HHS Announces $685 million to Support Clinicians Delivering High Quality, Patient-Centered Care

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced $685 million in awards to 39 national and regional health care networks and supporting organizations to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients' access to information, and reduce costs. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is one of the largest federal investments designed to support doctors and other clinicians in all 50 states through collaborative and peer-based learning networks.


October 7, 2015
3-5pm PT
San Carlos, CAFamily Caregiver AllianceTaking Care of SoMEone Else
October 10, 2015
7:30am-1:15pm ET
Cincinnati, OH
Preventive Cardiovascular 
Nurses Assoc
Therapies That Work: Translating Their Optimal Use Into Clinical Practice
October 15, 2015
3-4pm ET
OnlineQIN National Coordinating Center (NCC)
October 17, 2015
7:30am-1:15pm CT
Chicago, ILPreventive Cardiovascular Nurses AssocTherapies That Work: Translating Their Optimal Use Into Clinical Practice
October 24, 2015
7:30am-1:15pm ET
Jacksonville, FL
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Assoc
Therapies That Work: Translating Their Optimal Use Into Clinical Practice
October 26-27, 2015
Los Angeles, CANHF, PFCC Partners & HSAG6th Annual Patient and Family Centered Care Conference
October 29, 2015
1-3pm PT
San Leandro, CAFamily Caregiver AllianceIt Takes Two! A Refreshing Approach to Understanding & Coping with Dementia Behavior
October 31, 2015
7:30am-1:15pm ET
Philadelphia, PA
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Assoc
Therapies That Work: Translating Their Optimal Use Into Clinical Practice
November 6, 2015
10:30-11:45am CT
OnlineHealth Sciences Institute
Motivational Interviewing for Medication Adherence: Considerations for Telephonic Delivery
December 4, 2015
10:30-11:45am CT
OnlineHealth Sciences Institute
Engaging Patients and Families In Their Care: What It Will Take
The Joint Commission Launches Free Educational Campaign on Appropriate and Safe Use of Antibiotics
The Joint Commission recently launched its Speak Up™ on Antibiotics campaign to help educate the public on the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics, as well as the risks associated with antibiotic overuse. The campaign is the first in the Speak Up series to simultaneously introduce a complete package of free resources, including an infographic, podcast and video.
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. 

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