QAPI – Entry 1

Dear Diary:

I’ve been to several presentations on the new QAPI changes coming to nursing homes. The information I’ve been collecting is becoming quite the pile on my desk. I recently went to one presentation that emphasized our need to start discussing and implementing QAPI concepts before the regulation is final. I’ve been looking at the CMS website and reading what I can on QAPI, including that pile on my desk. It’s finally making some sense.

I understand quality assurance, which I think we do pretty well at River View. I have to admit that sometimes we collect data and report it at our QA meetings and it doesn’t seem to mean much. We don’t do a lot of benchmarking or even identifying goals in some areas. I can see that we’ll have to look at the data we’re collecting  and if it makes sense to continue collecting it for our home.

We do problem solve as a team when issues come up, but sometimes the same issues come up every couple of months. Information from the seminar I attended tells me that an issue keeps coming up because we didn’t get to the root cause, or we didn’t develop a system to really keep it from happening again. I guess I’ve contributed to issues happening again because I’ve supported the quick fix, versus looking at everything that contributes to an issue.

This is going to take some work! “QAPI at a Glance” also talks about everyone on staff having responsibility for quality improvement and being involved. How are we going to make that happen? I wonder what other homes are doing to get ready for QAPI?

Signed, Donna


  • We are also trying to put this all together and figuring out how we are going to implement this.

  • Our facility had an inservice and we did a short presentation on
    ATTAX, QAPI, PIPP, MAPS. A poster was made and each area has a seperated colored sheet explaining what it means. A bottom poster was done which we put The Common Aim of all of the above which we put as
    (Applying systems and culture change necessary to improve Safety and Quality through TEAMWORK!). Above this poster is a umbrella which is written on with Under the umbrella of Achieving Excellance.

    We also changed the name of our QAA committee to be called QAPI and have tweaked the meeting.

    Goal: Everyone is to know, be involved and committ to Quality Care.

    Hope it works!!!

    • I have been racking my brain trying to figure out a good way to involve all staff with QAPI. Reading your comment of how you involved everyone in such a unique way was great. I now have a better understanding of how I am going to inform everyone about our current projects with QAPI, MAPS, and PIPP. Thanks!

  • We have incorporated QAPI information and our facility goals for QAPI into our new employee orientatation and our annual inservice for all staff. We have more training to do and will be discussing more at our next QA meeting.

  • We continue to work towards QAPI integration as well, I think that including the entire staff will be our major challange. We are working to educaate staff on QAPI. We are certainly in a state of continuous improvement!

  • We have been warming the soil with staff by using using QAPI and PIPP language. On a larger level we are meeting with a group of 8 homes to write QAPI metrics and policy. Individually, we have several sub committees consisting of management, front line, and residents. We are considering QAPI buttons that say, “Show me the data” Continuous process improvement.

  • Interestingly enough we have been doing QAPI for awhile so it is not a new concept but many staff think it is. It is all about educating and getting the word out. I too like the ideas presented by Shawn. We will be looking at those ideas as well. Thank you!

  • I struggle with getting front line staff members involved. They do not like to attend meetings and getting them to understand QAPI takes time. They are very involved with our PIPP grant and can understand how that is improving their work load and the residents quality of life – now I need to move forward into the other aspects of QAPI.

  • We have started re-vampingour processes into trying to look at tackling individual issues as short-term projects to work on. This will be better than just selecting areas to audit and just continually collecting data.

    I think by just doing small focus projects and fixing these issues one at a time that staff will buy into the process more and take some ownership into improving quality. Much easier to get their arms around this process with this type of approach instead of just sharing results of audits and not involving front-line people at the beginning.

  • We have had meetings with the Licensed Staff to educate them on QAPI and the areas that our facility has elected to work on. We then scheduled meetings with front line staff with our ideas and asked for their input as well. Continued education is needed with all.

  • AHC team has instituted 2 QAPI projects as our trial leading up to implementation. I will discuss one of them here. We started this about a year ago. We started small with our first performance improvement project which was Pressure Ulcer Prevention. We started on our ventilator dependent unit and selected our highest risk residents (15 of them from that unit) to be in the QAPI: Pressure Ulcer Prevention. AHC has the most at risk long term care residents in our state. Many of our residents have been here for years. We are “QAPI Squad” here at AHC because we initiated the process! We have extended the QAPI to the other nursing units at AHC. All of our RN Managers are trained & participating in QAPI. We are spreading the word! QAPI is for everyone!! When we first started, we did so by asking our RN manager on the vent unit to ask the CNA staff to select their Unit CNA QAPI leaders!! We had one CNA on each shift & rotation to “lead QAPI & our Pressure Ulcer Prevention!” They now owned this project. They made posters, trialed skin care products on this group of residents, & did an outstanding job! We have had some turnover and the staff have changed but we have to continually teach & preach prevention & rejuvinate our QAPI plan but we have had consistent RN & LPN staff which helps tremendously. Our rehab team is a huge part of our success. Our PT is a great go to resource! We have a Skin Team Nurse & CNA. They teach new CNAs in orientation about positioning & skin care. The CNAs are our front line LEADERS!! I contribute our success with QAPI to them! Most recently our QAPI Squad has started a fundraiser project (QAPI t-shirt sales). This fund will be used to reward high performing units on the QAPI projects. Additionally, we had a QAPI Fun Day to promote QAPI. We had door prizes & drawings & all of this to raise enthusiasm & promote QAPI. It was quite successful and we plan another QAPI Fun Day to catch the opposite shift rotation!
    I wanted to share! I hope this will be helpful to some of you! Please feel free to e mail me if I can answer any questions or help you in any way!

    • Hi Melba,

      If you’d be willing to share your QAPI Fun Day agenda and or resources that would be much appreciated!


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