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Pressure Ulcer or Pressure Injury?

Pressure Ulcer or Pressure Injury?

  The term “pressure injury” replaces “pressure ulcer” in the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Pressure Injury Staging System {according to the NPUAP}. The change in terminology more accurately describes pressure injuries to both intact and ulcerated skin. In...

Implementing a Resident-Centered Natural Awakening Program

Implementing a Resident-Centered Natural Awakening Program

Studies have shown that lack of sleep leads to a dramatic decline in a person’s ability to perform even simple tasks. Individuals who are sleep-deprived may experience drowsiness, irritability, lack of concentration and impaired performance. Furthermore, sleep...

Prepare Now for Flu Season – Long-Term Care Resources

Prepare Now for Flu Season – Long-Term Care Resources

Now is the time to plan to ensure that 100 percent of your staff have received the flu vaccine before flu seasons starts. The CDC recommends vaccinations by the end of October 2017. Click here for more information on 2017 recommendations. Resources for Long-Term Care...

CMS Changes the Scope of Select Payment Models

CMS Changes the Scope of Select Payment Models

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to reduce the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the CMS Innovation’s (Innovation Center) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model from 67 to 34. In addition,...

Bite-Sized Nursing Home Training Sessions; CEs

Bite-Sized Nursing Home Training Sessions; CEs

  To support nursing homes in tracking, preventing and managing Clostridium difficile infections and promoting antibiotic stewardship, the QIN National Coordinating Center and CMS developed a series of online training sessions. These six sessions and accompanying...

GOOD News for Skilled Nursing Facilities

GOOD News for Skilled Nursing Facilities

The new payment rule posted Monday by CMS has skilled nursing facilities obtaining a 1% federal payment rise; an increase of $370 million. This increase is for all post-acute providers and was mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.  The...

APIC Training Offered in Kansas

APIC Training Offered in Kansas

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) is partnering with nursing homes across the region to prepare them for future quality reporting requirements, improve infection control practices and improve resident outcomes. The Association for Professionals in...

Gove County Medical Center LTC: One Team, One Vision, One Goal

Gove County Medical Center LTC: One Team, One Vision, One Goal

Gove County Medical Center Long Term Care Unit is a 37-bed Intermediate Care Facility based in Quinter, Kansas. In July 2015, the Long Term Care Facility team decided they needed to improve their long-stay Quality Measure (QM) performance. After review, the team...

Study Finds Deadly C. diff Infections Are On the Rise

Study Finds Deadly C. diff Infections Are On the Rise

Intestinal infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile — widely known as C. diff — is the most frequent healthcare-linked infection in the country. C.diff infections now afflict about a half million Americans each year, causing more than 29,000 deaths and...

Upcoming Events

Jun 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:40 pm Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center - LaVista
  Submit a Presentation   Great Plains Quality Innovation Network – Nebraska seeks your participation during the 15th annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum. The key to healthcare success is for individuals and organizations within a community to[...]
Mar 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:45 pm Younes Conference Center
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. CT Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE Register Now   Attend this free event to learn more about the ever-changing landscape of the healthcare environment; we will[...]
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Register Now One of the multitude of contributing factors to the opioid epidemic is highly variable pain treatment practices between healthcare providers. Efforts are being made nationally and at organizational levels to provide more consistent[...]
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  Presentation Overview Join this exciting webinar, where nursing home leaders share strategies to boost staff empowerment, increase ownership and accountability, engage staff in quality improvement and promote retention of quality staff. Discover how staff[...]
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx Virtual Training
Register Now   All Quality Payment Program (QPP) practices and providers, participating in the MIPS program, are invited to join our Office Hour call. Office Hours is an open discussion format for participants to seek[...]
Feb 6 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Register Now One of the multitude of contributing factors to the opioid epidemic is highly variable pain treatment practices between healthcare providers. Efforts are being made nationally and at organizational levels to provide more consistent[...]
Jan 30 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx Virtual Training
Register Now   Join staff from Great Plains Quality Innovation Network as we host our Community Antibiotic Stewardship Hot Topic: Urinary Tract Infections in Post-Acute Patients and Long-Term Care Residents. During this call, there will[...]
Jan 29 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Register Now Nonpharmacologic therapies have become a vital part of managing chronic pain. This webinar will focus on the non-pharmacologic options available including mindfulness and meditation, yoga and exercise, anti-inflammatory foods, emotional triggers, sleep and[...]
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Join experts from the American Medical Association (AMA) to learn how AMA’s extensive, evidence-based resources can lead to better health, better care and lower costs. The AMA has put together 50 free online[...]
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm WebEx
Sepsis Matters!! Early Recognition and Management for Nursing Home and Home Health Providers  This event will provide knowledge on why early recognition and management of sepsis are important and how to accomplish it. Presenter: Teresa[...]
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  Register Now By attending this WebEx, participants will improve their knowledge of the components of an infection prevention program, including but not limited to risk assessment, surveillance, data collection and reporting in the home[...]
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx Virtual Training
Register Now   All Quality Payment Program (QPP) practices and providers, participating in the MIPS program, are invited to join our Office Hour call. Office Hours is an open discussion format for participants to seek[...]