Accepting Applications for the 2018 Quality Improvement & Health Outcome (QIHO) Awards 

Submission deadline:  November 17, 2017

Quality Improvement: what is it and why is everyone from CMS with QAPI so interested in it? QI activities can be undertaken by interdisciplinary teams (IDT) in the nursing facility to address quality of life issues like: infection rates, immunization rates, fall reduction, pain treatment, advanced care planning and/or palliative care programs, or staffing issues. Each nursing home has a wealth of data through the MDS and other sources to address the quality of care for patients they serve. The IDT and care plan process offer a perfect environment for applying QI principles.

The Quality Improvement & Health Outcomes Award (QIHO) program will provide three awards of $1,000 each to facilities that have implemented programs that improved the quality of life for their residents. These prestigious awards are based on programs medical directors and care teams have implemented and demonstrated to improve the quality of life for their post-acute/long-term care residents.

Three awards of $1,000 each will be awarded to each winning facility, and each awardee will present their program at an education session during AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Annual Conference 2018, following a formal award presentation at AMDA's annual symposium in Grapevine, TX, March 22-25, 2018. Award winners will be spotlighted in future Society publications and join our esteemed list of QI Program Award recipients on our website where the LTC community can review their QI program for the benefit of all.

Types of programs might include:

  • Patient safety initiatives – reducing falls, medication errors
  • Reduction of avoidable ER visits and acute hospitalizations
  • Improved consistency of staffing
  • Improved comprehensive advanced care planning
  • Improved palliative care programs

To look at topics covered by past QI award winners visit the Award Recipients page. All nursing home facilities are eligible for the awards. Facilities may be for profit or not-for-profit and/or individual facility, regional or national chain. In order for the program to be eligible, the program must be internally generated and funded by the nursing home facility; have demonstrated measurable outcomes and objectives; and have proven sustainability and ability to be replicated in other facilities.

Applications must be received by November 17, 2017.

The Foundation QI & Health Outcome Awards Brochure can be viewed here.