Be Infection Control Survey Ready: Join the Health Quality Innovation Network’s Office Hours Series

The Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN), the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Missouri, is hosting an office hours series to support survey readiness and help nursing homes be responsive to identified opportunities, survey deficiencies and CMS enhanced enforcement actions. Each 30-minute session will demonstrate how to apply quality improvement principles to your infection control and prevention program and provide turnkey resources and tools to address gaps and drive improvement in your facility. A panel of nurses, infection preventionists and quality improvement professionals also will be available to answer questions.

The series begins July 14, 2020 and will cover the following topics:

July 14, 2020: Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
Facilities have worked hard to assess their infection control programs. But do you know the reason for the gaps or breakdowns in your program? We will share the HQIN QAPI RCA resource, which compliments the CMS QAPI RCA Guide.

July 28, 2020: Infection Prevention Action Plans
Once you complete the RCA process, then you must develop a plan of action. We will share the HQIN Infection Prevention Action Plan Templates. These templates compliment the CDC Infection Control Assessment tool. We will provide you with a template for key categories of improvement, i.e., hand hygiene, surveillance, environmental hygiene, etc.

August 11, 2020: Data Collection and Analysis
Once your plan is implemented, how do you know if it’s working? HQIN will share data collection tools to help you track and trend your improvement related to hand hygiene, terminal cleaning and PPE.

August 25, 2020: QAPI: Everyone Has a Role and a Responsibility
It takes a team to ensure improvement is made and sustained. HQIN will discuss how to engage your team in the quality improvement process in order to hardwire systems, change behavior, reduce gaps and to improve care and compliance.

Click here to register for one or all of these sessions. To learn more about HQIN, visit