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QIN-QIO for Missouri

CMS recently designated Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN) to assist Missouri nursing homes over the next five years. HQIN worked with more than 900 nursing homes during the previous phase of federal funding. By working with HQIN, nursing homes receive no-cost support for quality improvement, where they can improve care for residents, increase job satisfaction for staff, and even increase their Total Quality Score and star rating.

HQIN membership is collaborative and includes learning opportunities from regional high-performing facilities that share best practices and helpful tips. HQIN’s trainings are designed to be quick-hitting, bite-size segments for clinicians and frontline staff. Resources include printable tools you can use and share with staff, and educational programming that can be attended live or viewed at your convenience.

Get started today! For more information and to sign up for the HQIN nursing home quality improvement initiative, visit or For any questions, please contact Dana Lammert at or 314-712-9176.






Be Infection Control Survey Ready: Join the Health Quality Innovation Network’s Office Hours Series


The Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN), the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Missouri, is hosting an office hours series to support survey readiness and help nursing homes be responsive to identified opportunities, survey deficiencies and CMS enhanced enforcement actions. Each 30-minute session will demonstrate how to apply quality improvement principles to your infection control and prevention program and provide turnkey resources and tools to address gaps and drive improvement in your facility. A panel of nurses, infection preventionists and quality improvement professionals also will be available to answer questions.


The series begins July 14, 2020 and will cover the following topics:


July 14, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT - Root Cause Analysis (RCA) 
Your facility has worked hard to assess its infection control programs. But do you know the reason for the gaps or breakdowns in your program? During this session, HQIN will share its QAPI RCA resource which complements the CMS QAPI RCA Guide.

July 28, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT - Infection Prevention Action Plans 
Upon completion of the RCA process, the next step is to develop a plan of action. During this session, HQIN will share its Infection Prevention Action Plan Templates that complement the CDC Infection Control Assessment tool. A template for the key categories of improvement, i.e., hand hygiene, surveillance, environmental hygiene, etc. will be available.

August 11, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT - Data Collection and Analysis
Once your plan is implemented, how do you know if it’s working? During this session, HQIN will share data collection tools to help you track and trend your improvement related to hand hygiene, terminal cleaning and PPE.  

August 25, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT - QAPI: Everyone Has a Role and a Responsibility 
It takes a team to ensure improvement is made and sustained. During this session, HQIN will discuss how to engage your team in the quality improvement process in order to hardwire systems, change behavior, reduce gaps and improve care and compliance.

Click here to register for one or all of these sessions. To learn more about HQIN, visit



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