Quality Improvement Resources

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Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes

Since its inception in 2006, the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign (AE) has been working to make nursing homes better places to live, to work and to visit.  We now have over 8000 nursing homes, over 51% of all nursing homes, signed up.  Although it is never too late to sign up, nursing homes are making the transition from recruitment to performance.  Through participating nursing homes’ use of our web-based tools and entry of data, we can show a decreased prevalence of pressure ulcers, decreased use of restraints and reduced symptoms of pain.  We have designed and continue to develop Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) tools to collect data on the eight goals identified by the Advancing Excellence Campaign.  We have developed and continue to support a national network of 51 Local Area Networks of Excellence (LANEs) which are coalitions of key state stakeholders working together to advance quality of life and quality of care.  Best practices are being developed and shared through the Accelerating LANE Performance Projects and the Critical Access Nursing Home Projects sponsored by the Campaign.  New campaign goals will be rolled out in late spring 2012 to keep the campaign growing and going strong. Best of all – this is FREE for you!

ACHCA Maine Chapter

The Mission of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is to provide its members with opportunities for professional growth and development and the ability to build a network of colleagues.  The Chapter shall also focus its efforts on the development of the profession working in conjunction with other relevant organizations such as the state of Maine Nursing Home Administrator’s Licensing Board, the Maine Health Care Association, and with university-based administration programs to address the critical leadership needs of our field including mentoring programs and the development of resources to advance best practices for A.I.T. programs and other leadership initiatives.

The Pioneer Network

The Pioneer Network was formed in 1997 by a small group of prominent professionals in long-term care to advocate for person-directed care. This group called for a radical change in the culture of aging so that when our grandparents, parents — and ultimately ourselves — go to a nursing home or other community-based setting it is to thrive, not to decline.  This movement, away from institutional provider-driven models to more humane consumer-driven models that embrace flexibility and self-determination, has come to be known as the long-term care culture change movement.  Their partners and audience are primarily engaged in some aspect of long-term care including long-term care CEOs and administrators, consumers and family caregivers, doctors and nurses, direct care providers, and others who care about, and care for, the aging. Pioneer Network is a center for all stakeholders in the field of aging and long term care whose focus is on providing home and community for elders. They believe that the quality of life and living for America's elders is rooted in a supportive community and cemented by relationships that respect each of us as individuals regardless of age, medical condition or limitations.

Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation

The Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation (NHCQF) is a non-profit, educational health care organization, headquartered in Dover, New Hampshire. NHCQF contracts with the United States Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to serve as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Incorporated in 1972 as a professional physician association, NHCQF had as its founding purpose "to advance, promote, develop and institute patterns of the highest quality of care." NHCQF continues to pursue that purpose today through collaborative efforts with a variety of organizations and practitioners in northern New England's health care community. NHCQF recognizes the key role of health care consumers in improving quality of care and involves them on our Board of Directors and in other NHCQF activities.

Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation (NHCQF) is pleased and proud to announce that they have been awarded the contracts to serve as the Medicare QIO for the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for the QIO 10th Statement of Work for the period from August 1, 2011 through July 31, 2014. NHCQF has served as the QIO for New Hampshire and Vermont since 1984 and for Maine since 1996. They are proud of the successes they have achieved in collaboration with their partners in the health care community of northern New England and hope that these partners and stakeholders share their pride in the quality of care delivered by the health care providers in our tri-state area. NHCQF enthusiastically looks forward to continuing to work with both the health care provider community and the Medicare beneficiaries in our service area to deliver the best care in the nation!