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Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement in Nursing Homes Using Evidence-Based Protocols to Observe Nursing Care Processes in Real Time

and Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (Dr Schnelle).
Journal of nursing care quality (Impact Factor: 1.09). 08/2012; 28(1). DOI: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31826b090b
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Initiative, a component of the Affordable Care Act (2010), is a new approach to quality improvement for US nursing homes. The article describes components of the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Initiative, the unique contributions of registered nurses to its implementation, and data collection strategies using direct observation and evidence-based measures and protocols in a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement program.

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