Oregon Resident Safety & Quality Collaborative

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Acumentra Health, Oregon’s Quality Improvement Organization for Medicare, is convening the Oregon Resident Safety & Quality Collaborative (ORSQC), a Learning and Action Network for Oregon nursing homes, from February 2013 through July 2014.

The Collaborative provides peer-based learning and assistance to help teams from 38 nursing homes address safety, quality, and quality-of-life issues. Nursing homes attend face-to-face and virtual meetings in regional groups and receive coaching during the action periods between meetings. Topics and other assistance are shaped by an advisory faculty of stakeholders.

As part of the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative, the ORSQC is focusing initially 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 ORSQC helps nursing homes plan and carry out interventions under Medicare’s Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI).