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Medicaid Quality Improvement and Hospitalization Avoidance (MQIHA)

2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, from 10:00am-11:30am (MT)

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Program Description

The primary objective of the project is to increase the quality of nursing home services and reduce avoidable hospital admissions by establishing a systematic, evidence‐based approach to clinical mentorship using the ECHO model that can be scaled. Our goal is to have involvement from all 76 nursing facilities in the state of New Mexico by 2023. We launched a pilot with 11 facilities representative of the Genesis organization in August of 2018 (see map below for locations).

Through this program, we hope to provide the opportunity for nursing facility teams in remote and urban areas to share best practices in processes and procedures, receive ongoing and timely professional development, and implement collaborative problem solving methods to help solve complex issues and questions regarding quality and value of care in New Mexico’s nursing facilities and health of nursing facility residents. The pilot has focused on reducing avoidable hospital use, antipsychotic use, pain control, and UTIs. The team expects to re-evaluate the program, including chosen metrics, post-pilot in Summer 2019.

Target Audience

Nursing Facility Staff and Leadership in remote and isolated facilities


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