CMS last week launched an effort to improve patient safety and quality of nursing home care under the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP). This three-year initiative aims to improve residents' quality of life by equipping nursing home staff, administrators and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care.
As part of the CMPRP, CMS will develop a variety of work products for nursing home professionals, such as staff competency assessment tools, instructional guides, training webinars and technical assistance seminars. These supports aim to help staff reduce adverse events, improve dementia care and strengthen staffing quality, including by reducing staff turnover and enhancing performance.
On November 20th, CMS released its first toolkit in the CMPRP series, the Nursing Home Staff Competency Assessment and its supporting materials. The competency assessment is designed to help nursing home frontline and management staff evaluate their skills. It includes several questions to gauge staff knowledge about behavioral, technical and resident-based capabilities. Additional toolkits will follow under the series heading "Building on a Culture of Quality: Your Guide to Resident-Centered Care." This information is also available on the CMS CMPRP Website.