Nursing Home Quality Improvement

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The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) has been tasked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help South Carolina nursing homes provide safe, compassionate, high-quality care. CCME’s work with South Carolina facilities is part of the national Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC) created by CMS to guide local, state, and national efforts to improve the quality of nursing home care.

The ACE Quality Journey is a program specifically designed for South Carolina nursing homes to excel in improving their quality and to rapidly spread best practices. It is a collaborative modeled after the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series approach. Specifically, the collaborative uses a proactive, data-driven approach within the Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) framework to assist nursing home staff in improving several common geriatric syndromes found in older adults.

  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Falls and mobility
  • Hospital readmissions
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Physical restraints
  • Infections

The ACE Quality Journey addresses both the science and the psychology of change for system-wide quality improvement with a focus on topics that lead to better health care services and enhanced person-centered care.

  • Stabilizing staff
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Building teamwork for real-time problem solving
  • Person-centered care

The majority of South Carolina nursing homes has joined the ACE Quality Journey and received free education and training by national experts, free continuing education credits for administrators and nurses, and access to evidence-based guidelines, resources, and standardized tools.

If you have not signed a provider agreement, click here to join the ACE Quality Journey today!

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South Carolina
Nancy (Libby) Lawson, M.Ed., RN
Quality Specialist
803-212-7500 ext.5619 
nlawson@thecarolinascenter.org
scace@thecarolinascenter.org