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Hot topics: QAPI

December 29, 2014
by Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

Here is Long-Term Livings complete series on the 12 steps of quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) by Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, a quality improvement facilitator and TeamSTEPPS trainer. Click on the links below for more information about the steps.

1: Leadership

In the first installment of our series on achieving QAPI, learn the importance of leadership engagement, responsibility and accountability through proactive care practices and administrative policies.

2: Teamwork

In step 2, read about the importance of team building and teamwork.

3: Self-assessment

Nursing homes must know where they are on the road to QAPI. Step 3, self-assessment, helps them find out.

4: Guiding principles

In step 4, discover the importance of establishing a sense of self for your community, and relaying that image to all staff members.

5: Develop your QAPI plan

Step 5 focuses on the importance of establishing a plan to complete the prerequisites to ensure successful implementation.

6: Conduct a QAPI awareness campaign

Get tips on various ways to relay your community’s QAPI plan to all stakeholders—residents, staff and families. An awareness campaign helps to embed quality awareness into your nursing home’s culture.

7: Collecting and using data

Step 7 involves the collection and analyzing of data to improve person-centered care.

8: Identify your gaps and opportunities

Now that your community’s QAPI plan has been developed and leadership and staff are on board, it’s time to put the plan into practice in the constant mission to improve and enhance quality care.

9: Prioritize quality opportunities and charter PIPs

Identifying problem areas, establishing goals, selecting committees and accessing data to enhance quality are components that determine whether a facility should charter a performance improvement committee.

10: Plan, conduct and document PIPs

In this installment, Griffin offers valuable resources and advice on establishing performance improvement projects to remedy problems in care practices.

11: Getting to the 'root' of the problem

When a problem is identified, step 11 of QAPI reveals how to perform a root cause analysis so an effective remedy can be implemented to prevent future events and keep residents safe from harm.

12: Take systemic action

Preparation, organization, data and action can correct and improve processes to enhance the quality of care you provide residents.