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Welcome to the Arizona Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC)!

Providing the highest quality care to nursing home residents is a mission shared by all nursing home professionals. The work done in each nursing home—from preventing pressure ulcers to appropriately using antipsychotic drugs—has a profound effect on improving the lives of Arizona’s 12,000 nursing home residents.

With the Arizona NHQCC, Health Services Advisory Group will work with nursing homes to identify opportunities for improvement using a data-driven, proactive approach to improve quality.

A Focus on Person-Centered Care

Person-centered care means taking the time to connect with each nursing-home resident in order to understand his or her unique perspective. The QIO program supports a patient-centered model of care in which healthcare services are tailored to what is most important to patients and their families. HSAG brings the voice of beneficiaries and families into healthcare quality improvement initiatives so you can better understand and improve their experience of care. The following video showcases one resident's perspective on living in a nursing home and how resident care can be improved. Do you hear similar concerns in your nursing home? Have you used Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement methods to solve these challenges?

A Focus on Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) Reporting and Reduction

Learn more about the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC) Clostridium difficile Initiative and work with HSAG and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) on a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) Initiative to prevent and reduce C. difficile in your nursing home.

About the Collaborative

The collaborative aligns national nursing home quality initiatives and partnerships, such as the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign, the CMS Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, and QAPI to improve quality of life and care for residents. Nursing homes participating in the collaborative will be working on clinical and organizational topics including:

  • Reducing healthcare-acquired conditions to achieve a Nursing Home
    Composite Score of 6.0 or lower by 2019.
  • Reducing antipsychotic medication rates.
  • Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions.
  • Participating in QAPI initiatives.
  • Increasing influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates.
  • Reducing staff turnover and implementing consistent assignment.
  • Improving rates of resident mobility.