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Quality Improvement Toolbox: Tools You Can Use

Quality Improvement Toolbox: Tools You Can Use

Performance improvement is best accomplished by using tried and true techniques. These include the 5 Whys, PDSA cycles, Cause and Effect diagrams, eliminating waste, and more. Looking for a template or a short refresher for your skills? The National Nursing Home...

Celebrating Life’s Stories This National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Celebrating Life’s Stories This National Skilled Nursing Care Week

In skilled nursing care centers across the country, each person has a unique story to tell. That’s why Great Plains QIN is excited that the theme of this year’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW), formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, is “Celebrating...

Q&A: Improving Resident Health in Long-Term Care Facilities

Q&A: Improving Resident Health in Long-Term Care Facilities

Great Plains QIN and other Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organizations are working in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the use of antipsychotics in long-term care facilities and improve health outcomes...

15th Annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum – Register Today!

15th Annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum – Register Today!

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network - Nebraska invites you to attend the 15th annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum. [symple_button url="https://greatplainsqin.org/neqfregistration/" color="blue" size="default" border_radius="3px" target="self" rel=""...

CMS Changes Five-Star Survey Domain Methodology

CMS Changes Five-Star Survey Domain Methodology

Effective March 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the survey domain methodology of the Five-Star Rating System for nursing homes. In the previous methodology, CMS used a skilled nursing facility’s most recent three survey cycles...

Expanded Telemedicine Services Benefit Long-Term Care

Expanded Telemedicine Services Benefit Long-Term Care

Residents and staff of long-term care facilities throughout the Midwest are taking advantage of telemedicine services to improve care and reduce costs. Avera eCARE Senior Care was able to expand telemedicine services to 45 rural and urban long-term care facilities in...

Music and Memory℠ Program Expands to South Dakota

Music and Memory℠ Program Expands to South Dakota

Individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges often struggle to reconnect and engage with others.  The Music and Memory Program uses personalized playlists to trigger deep memories and improve the ability to converse, socialize and...

Study: Hand-Hygiene Practices Could Reduce Nursing Home Deaths

Study: Hand-Hygiene Practices Could Reduce Nursing Home Deaths

  U.S. News & World Report recently published an article showing that nursing home mortality and rates of antibiotic prescriptions can be reduced when staff, residents and visitors have consistent hand-hygiene protocols. A one-year study in France of 26 nursing homes...

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Register Now Incontinence is a prevalent condition among nursing home residents and can cause hygienic problems, skin problems and may lead to impairment in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). It also has implications for resident dignity,[...]
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Register Now Learn the recommended techniques for taking blood pressure (BP). Evaluation of blood pressure is essential in assessing cardiovascular health. As a standard part of many physicians’ office workflows, measuring blood pressure may seem[...]