The 2017 Quality Improvement & Health Outcomes Award (QIHO) program will provide an award of $1,000 each to three facilities that have successfully implemented programs that improved the quality of life for their residents. These 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.

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 submission deadline is November 18, 2016. Click here for more information.