QSource/atom Alliance

Collaborative

Work with Qsource, your QIN-QIO, to Prevent Clostridium Difficile

JOIN Today!  C. difficile Control and Prevention—as part of the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative

Join today to implement tracking of C. difficile infections in a streamlined and systematic way. When facilities track infections they can identify problems and track progress toward preventing infections. 

The Federal Register, July 16, 2015, provided a proposed rule titled Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities. This rule proposed to require facilities to have a system for preventing, identifying, reporting, investigating and controlling infections and communicable diseases.  Participating in this initiative will help you to implement effective infection control and prevention systems

More than 100,000 C. difficile infections are developed among residents of the U.S nursing homes each year.  1 out of 3 C. difficile infections occurs in people 65 years or older.  1 out of 9 people 65 years or older with a healthcare-associated C. difficile infection died within 30 days following there diagnosis (CDC 2015).

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) such as C. difficile often result in considerable suffering for residents in LTC facilities as well as increased costs for the health care systems

By participating you will:
•    Gain experience and practice in conducting a QAPI performance improvement project
•    Create a culture of resident safety supported by education and training on antibiotic stewardship principles and practices including C. difficile management
•    Acquire tools in order to participate in infection surveillance, while learning and using infection control practices
•    Receive education and support to submit data into National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and to utilize available reports for quality improvement 
•    Receive education and support on TeamSTEPPS  LTC communication
•    Network and learn from other experts in your state, and country working together on this initiative 
•    Contribute to the national database on the prevalence of C. difficile

Interested LTC staff contact Qsource staff at:
    Teresa Sargent                                    Jacklyn Henderson        
tsargent@qsource.org                        jhenderson@qsource.org    
317-646-0328                                       812-374-3020    

JOIN today to assist in improving quality care and prevent harm to your residents!

Download a Flyer. Download the Participation Agreement.


Join the atom Alliance Nursing Home Collaborative today!

atom Alliance is a five-year, five-state initiative to ignite powerful and sustainable change in healthcare quality. Formed as a partnership between three leading healthcare consultancies, atom Alliance is working under contract to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) throughout Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee to improve quality and achieve better outcomes in health and healthcare and at lower costs for the patients and communities we serve.

Through atom Alliance, AQAF in Alabama, IQH in Mississippi and Qsource in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are carrying out an exciting strategic plan, with programs in place to convene, teach and inform healthcare providers, engage and empower patients, and inspire, share knowledge and spread best practices with communities across the entire healthcare continuum.


atom Alliance is helping nursing homes provide reliable, compassionate, high-quality care by assisting them with:
•    understanding Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI),
•    reducing unnecessary antipsychotic drug use in dementia patients,
•    increasing resident mobility,
•    improving national nursing home ratings and
•    reducing hospital readmissions.

By participating in this FREE collaborative project, atom Alliance will provide:
•    Customized onsite consultation
•    Quality improvement skills training
•    Evidence-based tools and resources
•    Ongoing educational opportunities
•    Peer monitoring
•    An active nursing home collaborative

Q Source thanks you for your commitment to improving the quality of life for your residents by participating in the Leading & Sustaining Systemic Change Collaborative (LSSCC). You are the leaders of a more resident-centered culture dedicated to achieving national quality improvement goals.  For more information, resources and archived training, click HERE.

To participate in the Nursing Home Collaborative, download the Participant Agreement and send to Kathy Hybarger at kathy.hybarger@hcqis.org.

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