An estimated 1.4 million Americans live in nursing homes on any given day and approximately 1 in 5, or 22 percent, suffers harm during their stay. Because nearly 60 percent of these incidents are deemed preventable, TMF Health Quality Institute has partnered with the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Primaris in Missouri and the Quality Improvement Professional Research Organization, Inc. in Puerto Rico to form the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), under contract with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to develop a strategy to guide local, state and national efforts in improving the quality of care in nursing homes and skilled-nursing facilities throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.
A Collaborative Approach
The TMF QIN-QIO is recruiting long-term care communities and other providers to improve nursing home performance through enhanced consumer engagement, strengthened survey processes and standards, creation of strategic partnerships and the advancement of quality through innovation.
Goals for this five-year project ending 2019 include:
- Achieve a score of six or better on the National Nursing Home Quality Composite Measure Score
- Increase mobility of long-stay residents
- Decrease antipsychotic medication use
- Decrease healthcare-associated infections and other healthcare-acquired conditions
- Decrease potentially avoidable hospitalizations
Benefits of Participation
Long-term care communities work directly with TMF QIN-QIO experts to achieve improvements at the systems-level and develop strategies to implement Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement principles, processes and resources. Additionally, participating sites have access to best practices and lessons learned to guide them in achieving measurable improvements by 2019.
Download this fact sheet (PDF) and view the following videos to learn more about the benefits of participating in the Nursing Home Quality Improvement project.