OFMQ has consulted with Long Term Care (LTC) facilities in Oklahoma since 2002 and is a trusted resource providing industry leading experts trained in helping to improve the quality of care of residents. Through a Quality Assurance/Process Improvement (QAPI) approach, we help our clients identify opportunities for improvement in order to achieve positive outcomes. We provide direct, onsite technical assistance and deliver educational workshops and trainings as well as tools and resources for health care professionals. We are currently working on the following projects:
Oklahoma State Department of Health Grant:
This project supports nursing homes in individualized quality improvement projects. Up to 60 nursing homes will receive assistance with processes that may lead to improved staff retention, resident satisfaction, family satisfaction, staff satisfaction, and adoption of culture change practices. Participating nursing homes will also receive guidance on full Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) implementation as well as support on clinical areas that impact the Composite Score. Assistance is delivered through a variety of methods including; onsite technical assistance, coaching calls, regional meetings and webinars. OFMQ’s Quality Improvement Specialists conduct baseline assessments at the nursing home to identify opportunities for improvement and establish areas of focus. This is followed by a review of current workflow and care practices to determine if there are any gaps in processes, educational needs or documentation modification required. Nursing homes in this project will receive expert guidance on data collection, analyzing and interpreting data, and selection of appropriate interventions to achieve results and educational tools and resources.
The goal of this project is to optimize medication systems and medication use in long-term care to aid in the reduction of unnecessary medications. Optimizing medication use creates a strong, balanced foundation for maintaining overall well-being, while providing the necessary framework to sustain improvements over time. Through person-directed care principles, nursing homes can assess the risks, burdens, benefits, and prognosis for individual residents to guide decisions about medication use. The Less Is More: Well-being Before the Med Cart curriculum was developed by The Eden Alternative® staff and nationally-recognized experts and will be shared with nursing homes through an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) style collaborative. The collaborative will include four Learning Sessions and one Outcomes Congress held in several locations throughout Oklahoma. OFMQ and the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy staff will provide onsite and virtual coaching opportunities to participating nursing homes between Learning Sessions to assist with project implementation.