The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been awarded and finalized. As a new phase of quality improvement efforts begin, Great Plains QIN is looking forward to continuing to build upon the successes achieved by the community coalitions and the nursing home collaborative over the past five years.
The Great Plains Quality Care Coalition will continue to engage and support healthcare professionals and community leaders to improve health outcomes and impact lives. Quality improvement efforts will be focused around five broad aims:
1) Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes, focusing on Decreased Opioid Misuse
2) Increase Patient Safety
3) Increase Chronic Disease Self-Management (Cardiac and Vascular Health, Diabetes, End Stage Renal Disease)
4) Increase Quality of Care Transitions
5) Improve Nursing Home Quality
For nursing homes, much of the work will continue to focus on improving quality measures, improving resident safety, reducing adverse drug events, improving dementia care, preventing and managing healthcare-acquired infections and reducing avoidable rehospitalizations and emergency room visits. Across the nation, South Dakota had one of the highest nursing home’s participation rate at 98% in our Quality Care Collaborative and Great Plains QIN strives to continue this type of participation rate.
Great Plains Quality Care Coalition members will benefits from education, tools, resources, and data reports to complement their daily quality improvement efforts. A new participation agreement is required for each healthcare facility or community organization. Completion of the agreement is fully electronic, including digital signature, and can be found at https://greatplainsqin.org/initiatives/quality-care-coalition/.
Great Plains Quality Care Coalition Informational Webinar will provide full details on Wednesday, January 22, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm CST. Those interested can register at here. The webinar will be recorded and available on the Great Plains QIN website under the calendar event section. For additional questions regarding nursing home efforts can be addressed to Lori Hintz, RN, CDP, CADDCT, (Lori.Hintz@greatplainsqin.org), and community coalition inquiries should be directed to Stacie Fredenburg (Stacie.Fredenburg@greatplainsqin.org).