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The Department of Public Health (DPH) is committed to improving the quality of services provided within all nursing homes and has worked on several key initiatives to provide assistance and resources for long term care facilities across Massachusetts.
Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) funds provide Massachusetts with money to support activities to protect, improve the quality of care or improve the quality of life of nursing home residents. In order to promote transparency and ensure fairness, the Department will solicit proposals for the use of CMP funds using the state’s procurement process.
To learn more about the use of CMP funds, including information about project proposals, please visit the CMP Fund Project webpage.
The Supportive Planning and Operations Team (SPOT) Initiative provides technical assistance and training to staff of 60 participating Massachusetts nursing homes based upon their individual needs.
This Initiative is a collaborative effort to support nursing home teams to develop effective quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) programs. Effective QAPI programs can prevent adverse events, promote safety and quality, and reduce risks to residents and caregivers.
Learn more about the 2016 SPOT Initiative project year, including the activities and results, in the SPOT Town Hall Stakeholder Presentation (DOC).
Resources and materials from the 2017 SPOT Initiative project year are available for download below.
In 2017, the SPOT team led 4 webinars for participating facilities. The slides from each webinar are available for download:
The SPOT team also provided participating facilities with worksheets to help with QAPI planning:
In January 2018, the SPOT team hosted 2 stakeholder town hall presentations in Boston and Springfield to present the activities and results of the 2017 SPOT Initiative. Download the stakeholder presentation slides to learn more about the SPOT Initiative Year 2.
These resources were shared with long term care facilities that participated in Year 2 of the SPOT initiative. The links direct to the resources on the CMS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Atom Alliance websites, and may help facilities as they develop a QAPI plan.
Since the inception of the CMP fund program, Massachusetts has funded a variety of projects to protect or improve the quality of care or quality of life of nursing home residents. Find resources below from some of the past CMP-funded projects.