The Texas Quality Matters website was developed by the Center for Policy and Innovation (CPI) at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). This website will direct you to a variety of resources and initiatives. Texas Quality Matters will be our way to provide information to you.
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Some Texas nursing homes will soon begin using individualized music playlists to try to reduce the use of antipsychotic medication for people with Alzheimer's and other memory disorders.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has selected 32 nursing homes from the many facilities that were nominated to participate in a pilot project for the Music & Memory program. The goal 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.
Dan Cohen, who founded Music & Memory, believes that musical favorites tap “deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring residents and clients back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again – to converse, socialize and stay present.”
DADS is using existing Civil Monetary Penalty funds to certify nursing homes to participate in the program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved the pilot.
Participating facilities agree to:
A documentary about Cohen's work, Alive Inside, won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Clips from the film are available on YouTube and demonstrate the impact a personalized music playlist can have on someone with Alzheimer's or another cognitive impairment.
Cohen's ongoing research has shown:
For more information about the Music & Memory pilot, email the DADS Quality Monitoring Program at TQM@dads.state.tx.us.
The ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative helps promote discussions between doctors and patients so together they can choose treatments that:
More than 70 specialty societies and associations – including AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-term Care Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society – have participated in the initiative. One product to come out of Choosing Wisely is “Things Physicians and Patients Should Question,” which is designed to spark conversations about what tests, treatments and procedures are appropriate and necessary. The goal is to use the questions to develop a treatment plan – together.
For more information about Choosing Wisely, please visit www.choosingwisely.org/.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services has launched a new online manual — the Quality Monitoring Program Provider Manual. The manual covers things such as evidence-based best practices and technical assistance, starting a partnership, rapid response team visits and the Early Warning System.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, nursing homes in Texas prescribe anti-psychotic medications too often to residents. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) wants to help you — as providers — reduce the usage of antipsychotic medications in nursing facilities. Let’s continue to work together to reduce the usage of antipsychotic medications, and ensure all nursing-home residents receive the best possible care.
DADS and DSHS are hosting a series of joint training conferences around the state to increase awareness of infection control and regulatory requirements in assisted living facilities, nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities.
This training will be offered at the following venues:
More information, including registration links, is on the this website. Space is limited; register early.
Nursing facility providers are invited to participate in a webinar about Antipsychotic (AP) Drug Coding and Care Clarifications on May 8, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Time. The event is hosted by a DADS Pharmacist Quality Monitor and the MDS Clinical Coordinator for Texas.
To register click here. Registered providers will be sent an email with instructions on how to log-in to the webinar.
Topics will include:
Who should attend – Nursing Facility nursing staff, Director and Assistant Director of Nurses; Administrators; MDS coordinators; Medical Directors, Physicians who prescribe antipsychotics for individuals in Nursing Facilities, and Pharmacists.
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Updated: April 28, 2015