The 10-year-old Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign is being transition into a new program under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CMS and its contractors will sustain the campaign’s mission of advancing quality and performance improvement in nursing homes under the new National Nursing Home Quality Improvement (NNHQI) Campaign.

The Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign was established in September 2006 with the mission to make nursing homes better places to live, work and visit. The voluntary effort helped focus providers, government entities and professional and consumer advocates to help nursing homes measurably improve care. The two-year campaign evolved into a national movement, identifying priority quality improvement focus areas (goals), developing tools and resources focusing on systematic quality improvement and forming Local Area Networks of Excellence (LANEs).

The NNHQI Campaign, geared toward long-term care providers, consumers, their advocates and quality improvement professionals, promotes a focus on individuals’ preferences, staff empowerment, staff involvement, consumers and leadership in creating a culture of continuous quality improvement. The campaign’s website provides resources designed to support data-driven quality improvement, including:

  • Resources to support each step of your quality improvement project on nine priority goals
  • Quality Measure (QMs) trend graphs to support both individual nursing homes and states in identifying priority areas for improvement
  • Tracking tools that allow both individual and aggregate views of data, including both process and outcomes measures
  • Participating providers access interactive data displays that produce on-demand downloadable reports to monitor their project(s)

Questions about the national partnership can be sent to dnh_behavioralhealth@cms.hhs.gov.