Oregon Resident Safety & Quality Collaborative

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Acumentra Health, as Oregon’s Quality Improvement Organization for Medicare, convened the Oregon Resident Safety & Quality Collaborative (ORS&QC), a Learning and Action Network for Oregon nursing homes.

The Collaborative provided peer-based learning and assistance from February 2013 through July 2014 to help teams from 40 nursing homes address safety, quality, and quality-of-life issues. Nursing homes met in regional groups and received coaching during action periods between meetings. Topics and other assistance were shaped by an advisory faculty of stakeholders.

As part of the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative, the ORS&QC focused on reduction of antipsychotic medications, supporting the goal of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes to reduce antipsychotic use in nursing homes by 15% by December 31, 2013. The ORS&QC helped nursing homes plan and carry out interventions under Medicare’s Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI).

Antipsychotic Reduction Toolkit

Collaborative participants developed and tested a set of tools to support culture change and safer care for residents with dementia: