Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee - Approved Projects

Beginning in 2007, $953,950.00 Civil Money Penalty Funds have been allocated to the Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee to fund "innovative projects designed to protect the property and the health, safety and welfare of residents in a facility and to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the operation of a facility so as to improve the quality of life, care and treatment of its residents" (DHS 132.16).

As of March 3, 2015, the Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee has awarded $810,704.00 to the following projects: 

Grantee Summary of the Project Grant Amount Awarded and Date Status
Alzheimer's Association An initiative that provided dementia training scholarships to direct care staff in nursing homes throughout Wisconsin.

$48,000

7/1/09

Completed

7/27/11

Wisconsin Pressure Ulcer Coalition An initiative that emphasized ways to prevent pressure ulcers across settings and throughout Wisconsin.

$67,400

2/2/10

Completed

12/31/10

Lutheran Home & Health Services The purchase of information technology hardware and software to be used to enhance communication between residents, families, and caregivers and increase the quality of life of residents.

$16,280

7/1/10

Completed

6/30/11

St. Paul's Elder Services The implementation of aromatherapy to reduce agitation, anxiety, pain and improve the overall quality of life for residents of participating nursing home facilities.

$21,312

7/1/10

Completed

3/14/12

Dunn County Health Care Center The incorporation of Green House® designs in the replacement facilities for the existing Dunn County Health Care Center.

$60,000

11/1/10

Completed

5/31/11

St. John's by the Lake Installation of a Home Free® Nurse Call system in the Saint John's on the Lake nursing home.

$42,387

1/1/11

Completed

6/6/11

Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups The provision of statewide, comprehensive, online trainings to Wisconsin nursing homes about legal matters surrounding the law of substitute decision-making.

$66,000

7/1/11

 
Wisconsin DON Council The Director of Nursing Educational Development Program to improve the performance and retention of the Director of Nursing and improve the quality of care provided in Wisconsin Nursing Homes. 

$50,300

4/1/12

Ongoing

Alzheimer's Association Developing and implementing a comprehensive train-the-trainer education program for nursing home staff regarding Alzheimer’s behavior changes.

$72,000

3/15/13

Ongoing

University of Wisconsin-Madison Antibiotic start process and an inventory of the major decisional, behavioral and environmental factors that influence antibiotic prescribing decisions in nursing homes.

$86,825

2/12/13

Ongoing

Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence Implement a pilot program that will identify, develop and disseminate evidence-based technical assistance and resources to help twenty-four (24) nursing homes achieve their quality and organizational goals.

$35,800

5/21/13

Ongoing

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability Training Pilot a two-hour online training course designed to increase safety by preventing violence, improve the quality of life for residents and help assure the safety of frail, elderly residents.

$37,000

3/12/14

Ongoing

Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Implement a Chair Yoga program designed to reduce the number of falls, improve sleep, provide better pain management and increase activities of daily living range of motion among participating residents.

$10,000

8/1/14

Ongoing

Division of Quality Assurance with the Division of Long Term Care Phase II of the Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative to fully certify 150 additional nursing homes to become “Music & Memory” facilities and provide on-going support.  Similar to the initial “Music & Memory” program, the project will not only affect current residents but will have a positive effect on future residents of the facility.  Expected outcomes include a reduction in anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medication, reduced agitation and enhanced socialization for persons with dementia.  A major component of “Music & Memory” certification is to engage the community to help expand the project within the participating nursing home and into non-participating nursing homes.

197,400

8/1/14

Ongoing

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Last Revised: March 17, 2015