For Immediate Release - April 28, 2017
Contact: Christopher Laxton, CAE
Executive Director, 410-992-3101

Columbia, MD — The Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Foundation has announced its 2017 quality award recipients. The awards were presented during the Society’s 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, March 17, 2017. The award recipients are:

Quality Improvement (QI) Award: “Improving the Quality of Dementia End-of-Life (EOL) Care in Nursing Homes using Quality Data Collection Tool for Palliative Care (QDACT-PC) Registry,” Dulce M. Cruz-Oliver, MD, CMD and Miriam Rodin, MD, PhD, co-principal investigators, NHC Maryland Heights Nursing Home, St. Louis, MO. This pilot project intends to investigate the quality of EOL services for residents with dementia by means of using the QDACT registry through the Alliance. Pending other venues of funding, 1-2 years from now the researchers plan to test usability and feasibility of QDACT tool at the nursing home and compare dementia EOL care of this facility to others using a control. Cruz-Oliver says, “To our knowledge this will be the first time the QDACT registry will be used in nursing home patients with dementia. If successful, this study may provide another tool to monitor and improve dementia EOL care in the nursing homes.” She adds, “Our plan is to extend the use of this tool to other nursing homes and community settings offering palliative care. This will allow the Alliance to have data on more patients from the Midwest and it will help grow the quality of palliative care services provided at facilities in the city of St. Louis.”

The Quality Improvement & Health Outcomes (QIHO) Award: “Enhanced Palliative Care,” Maria Pablo, MD, CMD (and team), Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center & Home, Staten Island, NY. Via a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) process the team identified several existing barriers existed to quality care during the end of life and serious illness. They deemed palliative care services were poorly understood both by resident and staff alike. They established two goals--increase engagement of residents on palliative care and prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions—to accomplish via an enhanced palliative care program. “As with all successful palliative care programs, there is always a story to tell. We look forward to sharing our facility’s success story,” says Dr. Pablo. “The sustainability at our facility is extremely positive due to the buy-in of palliative care principles at all levels. The staff has been empowered to embrace palliative care, as well as curative care.”

The QI Award is a program designed to encourage the development of innovative projects that will help to make a distinct impact on the quality of post-acute and long-term care. The awards should support initiatives that focus on facility staff education, quality improvement programs, research on interventions and treatment, and health literacy to directly enhance the quality of care provided to patients in long term care settings. The recipient receives $5,000.

The QIHO program provides 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.

The Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is an independent not-for-profit organization. The Foundation's mission is: “The Foundation advances the quality of life for persons in post-acute/long-term care (PA/LTC) through inspiring, educating and recognizing future and current health care professionals." Visit the Foundation at www.paltcfoundation.org.