Quality Initiatives

​​​​​​​​HCAM remains steadfast in supporting skilled nursing facilities in continuing to improve the quality of care provided to residents. Through connecting providers to valuable resources and developing innovative solutions to stakeholders, the association strives to make the long-term and post-acute care sector at the quality forefront of the healthcare delivery system. Below are a few examples of our members’ quality improvement journey.

Quality Care is at our Core

Committed to Quality – Michigan nursing facilities are walking the walk when it comes to their dedication to ensuring quality care. The Quality Measure Initiative, or QMI, is a provider-funded program administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to reward providers for increasing and sustaining quality care. The QMI program offers a strong incentive for facilities to improve and maintain high-quality care for the residents they serve by meeting quality measures approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The program was initiated by providers in conjunction with MDHHS to show their dedication to quality care for Michigan’s seniors.
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Quality Care Report

The 2021 HCAM Quality Care Report highlights the profession’s dedication to providing quality care to our state’s most vulnerable population. Nursing facilities are meeting the needs of Michigan’s growing senior population, ensuring they are able to age comfortably, with dignity and respect, and with the ability to continue to carry out fulfilling lives. Today’s facilities provide both long-term comprehensive care and short-term rehabilitation services, much of which was previously delivered in a hospital. Thousands of positive actions and outcomes occur on a daily basis in today’s nursing facilities – we are proud of the care nursing facilities provide for Michigan residents.
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AHCA Quality Improvement

Skilled nursing facilities have come a long way since their inception in the 1900s. However, the quality journey never ends for the profession. AHCA remains steadfast in assisting skilled nursing care centers in continuing to improve the quality of care provided to residents. Through connecting facilities to valuable resources and developing innovative solutions to stakeholders, AHCA strives to keep the long-term and post-acute care sector at the quality forefront of our nation’s healthcare delivery system.
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National Quality Award Program

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides a pathway for providers of long-term and post-acute care services to journey towards performance excellence. The program is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

Members may apply for three progressive levels of awards: Bronze—Commitment to Quality, Silver—Achievement in Quality, or Gold—Excellence in Quality. Each level has its own distinct rigors and requirements for quality and performance excellence.

Applications are judged by trained Examiners who provide feedback on opportunities for improvement to support continuous learning.

Track National Trends

LTC Trend Tracker™ is a web-based tool that enables long-term and post-acute care providers to access key information that can help their organization succeed. This is an exclusive benefit for HCAM/MCAL members through their AHCA/NCAL membership. LTC Trend Tracker allows skilled nursing organizations, assisted living residences and personal care homes to benchmark personal metrics to those of their peers and examine ongoing quality improvement efforts. LTC Trend Tracker is members’ one-stop shop where they can get timely information and valuable insights about their own performance as well as the entire profession’s.

P3: Market Data that Matters

P3© is a SNF-centered report, available exclusively to AHCA SNF members, that uses hospital and SNF claims to track patient flow and availability in the SNF’s market area.  Your year-long subscription gives you a critical understanding of hospital referral data in key clinical categories relevant to PDPM. You’ll get quarterly reports with key information that will help you compete more successfully:
-Hospital Referral Data
-SNF Length of Stay and Referral Data
-Market PDPM Data
-Top Hospital PDPM Data

Statewide Grant Program

Consistent with the Nursing Facility Enrichment Program, this project proposes to implement the Core Dementia Care QAPI training model that will improve individualized care and enhance person-centered dementia capable culture in Michigan skilled nursing facilities (SNFs.) Adapted from the evidence-based Savvy Caregiver Program, Core Dementia Care is founded in person-centered, empowerment-oriented education. The project will enable SNF staff to effectively modify strategies to discover what contributes to the resident with dementia feeling content, engaged, and enriched in everyday life. Learned strategies improve efforts to prevent or avoid unnecessary pain and suffering for the person with dementia. Research suggests approximately 64 percent of SNF residents have dementia; that translates to almost 25,000 Michigan citizens. Our consortium of content experts, experienced educators, and successful grant managers are uniquely qualified to develop this evidenced informed person-centered dementia care training, sustained by a systemic master trainer and train-the-trainer component. A robust outcomes measurement will examine resident enrichment, care outcomes, and staff stress reduction results.

CMS Quality Initiatives

This Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) website provides consumer and provider information regarding the quality of care in nursing homes. NHQI discusses quality measures that are shown at the Nursing Home Compare website (www.medicare.gov), which allows consumers, providers, states and researchers to compare information on nursing homes. Many nursing homes have already made significant improvements in the care being provided to residents by taking advantage of these materials and the support of Quality Improvement Organization staff.

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