May 2016
brought to you by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign


In This Issue
Home health agencies that are active in the HHQI National Campaign and closest to the national, risk-adjusted ACH 20th percentile and/or the national, risk-adjusted Oral Medication Improvement 80th percentile (or higher) are eligible for random selection as HHQI Agency of the Month. 

Be in the spotlight.
 Nominate your agency today, and if you are selected, your organization will be prominently featured here in HHQI Inside Edition - which reaches more than 16,000 subscribers - and on the HHQI website. Your achievement will also be shared via HHQI's social media channels.


Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP)
Disease Management: Diabetes BPIP Revised & Expanded

A new HHQI Disease Management: Diabetes Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) is now available for you to download. It includes numerous evidence-based strategies to assist with diabetes management including lifestyle modification and medications, and is focused on evidence-based guidelines for caring for patients with type 2 diabetes. Key guidelines that are applicable to home health are included from the newest American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. 
The package also includes short multimedia modules for both clinicians and patients. The modules are available on YouTube, and are also offered as MP4 files, which makes them easy to download to both laptops & tablets so you can view and share with patients without Internet access. The module presenter is a nationally renowned diabetes expert Natalie Tappe, who covers Diabetic Self-Management Education Programs and Benefits, Evidence-Based Foot Care, Prediabetes, and more. For more information, please contact us at

HHQI University Course | Free CEs for Nurses
Diabetes Self- Management

On May 1, HHQI added a new Diabetes Self- Management course to its Disease Management catalog in HHQI University. This course provides current evidence-based standards from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and application to ho
me health patients, along with 3.5 hours of free nursing continuing education credit approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation through the Alabama State Nurses Association.

The course offers tools and resources to assist patients with self-management, and is appropriate for leadership and healthcare clinicians. Enroll today.

Free Continuing Education Credit for Nurses & Medical Social Workers
Recorded Webinar:  Long-Term Negative Effects of Trauma

This educational webinar presented by HHQI's Underserved Populations (UP) Network provides information and data on how a traumatic event(s) in a person's life, even as a child, can have chronic lasting effects with development and functioning. 

The individual can have higher incidence to many behavioral health, negative lifestyle behaviors, and triggers that effect their health and welfare. Understanding how trauma may be the underlying cause for vulnerable populations can assist with care planning.

Nurses and medical social workers can earn free continuing education credits (CEs) by completing the corresponding course in HHQI University. Learn how to get free CEs.



WORKSHOP | May 12 | 12:30-4:30pm ET | Free CEs for Nurses 
Free Hands-On Data Workshop in Raleigh, North Carolina

During this interactive afternoon workshop, RN Project Coordinators from the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign team will provide personalized hands-on guidance on data interpretation and the next steps toward developing and sustaining a strong Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan.  

Learning Objectives:
  • Interpret your agency's custom Acute Care Hospitalization reports from HHQI & identify gaps in patient care
  • Distinguish 3 or more free evidence-based tools/resources to address gaps in patient care
  • List 3 additional support resources to assist with development and sustainment of a QAPI plan
Free, Open to All Home Care Providers
The free workshop is hosted by the Association for Home & Hospice Care (AHHC) of North Carolina. However, this workshop is not limited to AHHC members or home health agencies in North Carolina. All are welcome. Registration is required.
WEBINAR | May 17 | 2-3pm ET | Free CEs for Nurses 
Patient Safety Culture: A Foundation for a QAPI Program

QAPI is coming. How should your agency prepare for it? While there are resources available that will give step by step guidance, the one area that serves as a foundation for a successful Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) program is an organizational culture that puts patient safety first. QAPI is about changing the culture of how care is provided and engaging all members of an organization. An organization with a strong patient safety culture not only has a foundation for their QAPI program but also the cornerstone for future performance initiatives.

During this free webinar from the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign, you'll learn how to assess your organization's culture and about different frameworks that can be implemented to improve your organization's culture.

Guest Speaker:
Tina Hilmas, RN, BSN
Project Manager
Center for Patient Safety
Network with Your Peers during HHQI's LiveChat

Networking regularly with other home health professionals can fast-track your quality improvement efforts. No matter what challenge your agency is facing, there's a good chance that another agency can offer some valuable first-hand insight. HHQI's quarterly LiveChats are an excellent opportunity to connect and learn what worked -- and what didn't work -- for other agencies when they were in a similar situation.

The next opportunity to participate in HHQI LiveChat will be on May 19 at 2pm ET. 
This networking event is similar to an online chat room. There is no audio. You'll be able to type in real-time to ask questions and share your knowledge. It's a fun, casual way to learn from each other's experiences.

Visit the HHQI website to add the event to your calendar or to set an email reminder.
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. 

Events will rotate to always occur from 2-3pm (ET) on the third Thursday of the month.

MAY 19

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

CMS Leaders Honored

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Dr. Paul McGann, Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement; Jean D. Moody-Williams, Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality; and Dennis Wagner, Director, Quality Improvement and Innovation Group, have been selected as Citizen Services finalists for the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (SAMMIES), which recognize outstanding individuals in public service. McGann, Moody-Williams and Wagner were nominated for their successful efforts in increasing patient safety and reducing preventable patient harm in U.S. hospitals through the CMS Partnership for Patients initiative. Their efforts resulted in an estimated 2.1 million fewer medical errors and saved nearly 87,000 lives. Click here to learn more. 

This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of QIO News.


Current & Upcoming Health-Related Observances

Each month, the healthcare industry puts the spotlight on a variety of health & wellness issues that impact home health patients and professionals. Follow the links below for more information and resources to get involved and help spread awareness. You can also follow HHQI on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for ongoing related content. Share your favorite photos and free resources & events with our followers too!
MAY 2016
JUNE 2016
Upcoming Webinars & Other Events

May 10, 2016
1-2 PM ET
Culturally Congruent Care:
Why Diversity Makes a Difference
American Nurses Association
On-demand thru
July 23, 2017
Pharmacotherapy for Adults with Alcohol-Use Disorders in Outpatient Settings: A Monograph*Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

*Continuing education credit is included or available.
Identifying Patients with Undiagnosed Hypertension

Hypertension is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. About 70 million Americans-nearly one out of three adults-have hypertension, and almost half do not have the condition under control. Approximately 13 million people with uncontrolled hypertension don't know they have it and are not receiving treatment. These data suggest that millions of people with hypertension are seen by health care providers each year, but many remain undiagnosed-essentially "hiding in plain sight" within clinical settings.

All health professionals, from clinicians to quality improvement specialists and health departments, can play a role in finding these patients and ultimately, saving lives. Visit the  Million HeartsŪ "Hiding in Plain Sight" webpage to view a set of tools and resources to help find patients with undiagnosed hypertension. On this page, you'll find:
  • "Finding Undiagnosed Hypertensive Patients" video: Viewers will learn four steps health systems and practices can take to find patients with potentially undiagnosed hypertension.
  • Million HeartsŪ Hypertension Prevalence Estimator Tool: Health systems or practices can use this tool to: 1) estimate an expected hypertension prevalence among their ambulatory patient population; and 2) initiate or build on their existing hypertension management quality improvement process by comparing the expected hypertension prevalence generated from the tool with their actual calculated prevalence. 
  • Partner Toolkit: Refer to this resource for social media messages, social cards, and newsletter content that you can easily share with your partners to help spread the word.
Key Dates: Home Health Compare & Star Ratings Reports

The Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports are now available in the CASPER folders. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in July 2016. Below is calendar of key dates for the next two quarters of Home Health Compare updates:

JUL 2016
OCT 2016
Preview reports available in CASPER
(or before)
(or before)
Quality of Patient Care Star Rating suppression request deadline4/25/167/18/16
Deadline for submitting missing or corrected data5/20/168/19/16
Home Health Compare updated

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-050516