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2017 HealthInsight Quality Award Application for Home Health Agencies - New Mexico

Home health recipients of the 2017 HealthInsight Quality Award will be selected based on the following criteria for New Mexico:

  1. The agency ranks in the 85th percentile using current ranking methods: This is based on the 16 available quality measures and a minimum of one-full year of data.
  2. The agency has no condition of participation level deficiencies on their last Medicare certification survey: HealthInsight will verify this information.
  3. The agency demonstrates the following: A quality improvement project completed within the last year that targets one quality measure and promotes one element of patient-centered care. HealthInsight understand that a project may cross several quality measures and elements of patient-centered care. Please pick one in each category that is most applicable.
  4. Quality Measures

    • How often patients got better at walking or moving around
    • How often patients got better at getting in and out of bed
    • How often patients got better at bathing
    • How often patients had less pain when moving around
    • How often patients' breathing improved
    • How often patients' wounds improved or healed after an operation
    • How often the home health team began their patients' care in a timely manner
    • How often the home health team taught patients (or their family caregivers) about their drugs
    • How often patients got better at taking their drugs correctly by mouth
    • How often the home health team checked patients' risk of falling
    • How often the home health team checked patients for depression
    • How often the home health team determined whether patients received a flu shot for the current flu season
    • How often the home health team determined whether their patients received a pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia shot)
    • For patients with diabetes, how often the home health team got doctor's orders, gave foot care, and taught patients about foot care
    • How often patients receiving home health care needed any urgent, unplanned care in the hospital emergency room - without being admitted to the hospital
    • How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital

    Elements of patient-centered care:

    • Respect for patient values, preferences and expressed needs
    • Coordination and integration of care
    • Information, communication and education
    • Physical comfort
    • Emotional support
    • Involvement of family and friends
    • Transition and continuity
Please complete all pages of this application to be considered for the 2017 HealthInsight Home Health Quality Award. If completing online, the tab key may be used to navigate to the next field. You must complete the entire form at one time, as your application cannot be saved until completed. Please write the agency's name as the agency would like it to appear on the award in the event that the agency is a recipient.

Note: Please do not send protected health information (PHI) with your report. Please de-identify your reports of any patient identifiers.

 

Agency Information

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Please write the agency's name as the agency would like it to appear on the award in the event that the agency qualifies as an award recipient.

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In order to demonstrate eligibility for the award, please respond to the following questions:

Criterion 1: Agency ranks in the 85th percentile using current ranking methods: based on the 16 available quality measures and a minimum of one-full year of data submitted.

Read about how rankings are calculated.

Criterion 2: No Condition of Participation level deficiencies on their last Medicare Certification Survey: HealthInsight will be able to verify this information.

Criterion 3: Completion of a quality improvement project within the last 12 months.

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To view examples of applications that contain all of the required elements and are written in a manner that we are looking for, click example one or example two.
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4a) Project timeframe start:

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4b) Project timeframe end:

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(This entry should include a percentage, number or count and the source. For example, the percentage of people readmitted to the hospital during the project timeframe using Home Health Compare data.)

 

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(This entry should include the numbers, percentages or counts before you started your intervention. For example: “When we began the project the agency readmission rate was 10 percent.")

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(This entry should include a percentage, number or count and be more than a simple statement that you saw improvement. For example: “At the end of the project, our readmission rate was 9 percent on Home Health Compare for an absolute improvement of 1 percent.”)

Note: It is less important that you reach your stated goal and more important that you have a sound process for measuring and tracking the data, that you are implementing a change and monitoring the progress, and that you continue to make changes in an effort to reach your goal.

 

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Feedback

Feedback is welcome on the application process or suggestions for measures or technologies to incorporate in the future. Please provide your comments below:

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Please complete all pages of this application by Friday, September 29, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact HealthInsight at atimmins@healthinsight.org.

Awards will be presented in November. HealthInsight will cover the cost of one award plaque. If additional plaques are requested, the agency must incur those costs (approximately $130.00 per plaque).

Note: Please do not send protected health information (PHI) with your report. Please de-identify your reports of any patient identifiers.

If my agency is selected as a recipient of the HealthInsight Quality Award:

I authorize HealthInsight to release my organization’s name for publication via press releases, articles and website announcements.
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I authorize HealthInsight to photograph our staff representatives with the award and display the photograph(s) in HealthInsight’s newsletters and on www.healthinsight.org.
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After you click ‘submit’ your form will be checked for errors and you will be returned to the pages that have information that needs to be fixed. After you fix these errors, please continue through to the end of the form to resubmit.