Minnesota Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Improvement Incentive Program
Nursing facility providers may volunteer to participate in the Quality Improvement Incentive Program (QIIP) and may be eligible to receive an incentive payment if they perform well in the program. Three million dollars have been appropriated for this program as a result of 2013 legislation that is effective October 1, 2015. Organizations that achieve their targets may receive a payment rate adjustment of up to $3.50 per resident-day.
“The measurement period for this program begins April 1, 2014, but some thought and planning have to be done before then to participate in this program,” says Deborah Elsey, a health care principal at CliftonLarsonAllen.
The QIIP is an optional improvement program. Organizations are required to select a domain from their minimum data sets (MDS) quality indicators or a domain from their resident satisfaction surveys. Organizations’ most recent reports are published on the Department of Human Services (DHS) portal for evaluation, and have been used for the Health Department Report Card, as well as the 2013 quality payment.
Leadership of organizations that want to participate should review the reports and discuss which domain they would like to focus on to develop a plan for improvement. Although a detailed application is not necessary to participate in this program, DHS will provide facility-specific information before March 1 to assist providers in making a selection.
Prior to April 1, organizations select one quality indicator domain from the MDS or one quality of life domain from the resident survey. The measurement period is April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015.
How we can help
CliftonLarsonAllen can make recommendations on the domain that may be appropriate for your organization. We can act as a resource in developing an action plan, data collection tools, periodic measurement reviews, and the trend reports necessary to productively participate in the incentive program.
Organizations that are successful in improving quality will reap the financial benefits of the incentive program, as well as the organizational benefits of improved quality. Leaders should begin planning right away and watch for further communications from DHS.