Quality Monitoring Program

Quality monitors help nursing homes ensure the best quality of care for residents.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Quality Monitoring Program (QMP) helps detect conditions in Texas nursing homes that could be detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of residents. It is not a regulatory program and quality monitors do not cite deficient practices.

Rather, monitors focus on nursing homes that have a history of resident care deficiencies, or that have been identified as having a higher-than-average risk of being cited for significant deficiencies in future surveys conducted by the DADS Regulatory Services.

During these visits, the quality monitors — nurses, pharmacists and dietitians — may:

  • Recommend changes to policies or procedures
  • Conduct staff or in-service training
  • Offer technical assistance
  • Educate staff about evidence-based best practices

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Save the Date: 2016 Geriatric Symposium, Austin

This free 2-day event is filled with top speakers and health care professionals from across the nation and will offer continuing educations credits. Registration begins June 1.

Day 1, Aug. 1, will focus on Advancing Nursing in Long-Term Care by providing nursing specific information related to the care of the geriatric population and those with dementia-related conditions.

Day 2, Aug. 2, will cover Dementia in Long-term Care and Community Settings, providing all healthcare providers, family members, friends, consumers and private caregivers with basic and in-depth information that is specific to caring for the elderly and those with dementia-related conditions.

Featured Best Practice: Appropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medications

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Texas nursing homes prescribe antipsychotic medications too often to residents who exhibit behaviors that are seen as "negative." This overuse can lead to a host of problems for residents, including death.

One way in which DADS is hoping to reverse this trend is through the Music & Memory Pilot, which launched in May 2015. The goal of the pilot is to help residents reconnect with the world through specific, music-triggered memories. Family members and nursing home staff will create personal playlists for use on digital music players, such as iPods.

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NFQR

The Nursing Facility Quality Review assesses how satisfied people who live in Medicaid-certified nursing homes are with their quality of care and quality of life.

MDS

The Minimum Data Set collects standardized demographic and clinical information that describes the overall condition of nursing home residents.

QRS

The Quality Reporting System lets users find information about nursing homes and other long-term care providers, including survey and complaint results.

NHCC

Nursing Home Culture Change promotes and supports nursing home providers as they transform from a traditional system-directed culture to one that is person-centered.

PASRR

A Preadmission Screening and Resident Review is performed for all people seeking admission to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility.