One of our top priorities is preventing unnecessary hospital transfers for nursing facility residents. AQAF works with CMS on the “Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents,” also known throughout Alabama as the “NFI” or Nursing Facility Initiative. During Phase 1 of the NFI,
2012-2016, specially trained quality improvement RNs worked with facilities to assist with Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) and Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs) within participating facilities. This initial phase allowed these facilities to prepare for changing CMS Rules of Participation regarding QAPI. For the NFI Phase 2 (2016-2020), twenty-one additional Nursing Facilities began the NFI. CMS added incentive monies to care for acutely ill residents within their homes. AQAF embedded RNs assist with assessment of eligible residents and prevention of avoidable hospital transfers. Phase 2 prepared participating facilities for Payment Driven Payment Model or PDPM, and the quality measure of 30 day readmission rates. AQAF is excited for Phase 3 and improving quality care for elders within our state.
Contact TJ Bullock, NFI Project Manager: email@example.com for any additional information.
In total, the initiative is working in 145 nursing facilities in six states in partnership with the following organizations:
· Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (Alabama)
· The Curators of the University of Missouri (Missouri)
· The Greater New York Hospital Foundation, Inc. (New York)
· HealthInsight of Nevada (Nevada)
· Indiana University (Indiana)
· UPMC Community Provider Services (Pennsylvania)