CMS Launches Efforts to Improve Patient Safety, Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

“Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced upcoming efforts to support better care and outcomes for nursing home residents under the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP). This three-year initiative aims to improve residents’ quality of life by equipping nursing home staff, administrators and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care.”

“CMS is committed to ensuring nursing home residents are safe and receive quality care,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We are pleased to offer nursing home staff practical tools and assistance to improve resident care and positively impact the lives of individuals in our nation’s nursing homes.”

“As part of the CMPRP, CMS will develop a variety of work products for nursing home professionals, such as staff competency assessment tools, instructional guides, training webinars and technical assistance seminars. These supports aim to help staff reduce adverse events, improve dementia care and strengthen staffing quality, including by reducing staff turnover and enhancing performance.”

The above paragraphs are excerpted from the November 20, 2018 CMS Press Release announcing this initiative.

“As part of its continued commitment to the nation’s most vulnerable populations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP), a three-year effort to reduce adverse events, improve staffing quality and improve dementia care in nursing homes.

To aid teams with this effort, the CMPRP offers several free resources and opportunities for nursing homes:

  • Ready to learn more about how toolkits can be used to assess, measure and improve quality in your nursing home or a nursing home near you? Visit the toolkits under the downloads section here to learn more.
  • Think your nursing home or a nursing home near you could benefit from technical assistance from CMPRP staff and subject matter experts?
  • Want to apply for Civil Money Penalty (CMP) funding to support quality improvement? Learn about the application process here.

Toolkit Resources (available under the downloads section of this page) are to aid nursing home teams in reducing adverse events, improving staffing quality and improving dementia care. The CMPRP team offers several resources and participation opportunities. Below are a series of toolkits meant to assist teams with improving staff competency and employee satisfaction.

All toolkits are expected to be available to download on this website by next summer. See Toolkit 1 under downloads now.”