Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 1.0 Management credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: This session presents an innovative project to establish a quality improvement learning collaboration among rural and underserved nursing homes. Designed to enhance resident care and delivery system quality, the Greater Rochester Nursing Home Quality Consortium (GRNHQC) prepares interdisciplinary nursing home teams with the necessary skills to lead and champion data-driven quality improvement initiatives using Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodologies. Drawn from industry, LSS is a data-driven process improvement methodology that has had notable impact on cost, quality and satisfaction. A panel including a medical director, nurse home administrator and LSS project team leader from the GRNHQC will discuss the benefits and challenges of applying LSS methodologies to nursing home care and collaboration across organizations to pursue improvement through learning strategies. A case study using rapid cycle quality improvement methodologies to improve transitional care in a rural nursing homes will be presented. This project has been supported by a grant from the Health Services and Research Administration.
Discuss the evidence-based hallmarks of a successful quality improvement learning collaborative to improve resident care in nursing homes.
Describe how Lean Six Sigma methodologies can be used to enhance a compliance-based approach to quality improvement in nursing homes.
Identify the relationships and resources that could be employed to translate the GRNHQC model to other local communities.
Speakers(s): Suzanne M. Gillespie, MD; Richard Sweet; Paul R. Katz, MD, CMD; Nancy Tourje, RN
Disclosure(s): Suzanne M. Gillespie, MD has no financial disclosures to report. Nancy Tourje, RN has no financial disclosures to report. Paul R. Katz, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report. Richard Sweet has no financial disclosures to report.