This month’s Commitment to Care (C to C)

THCA Enhances its Website See What’s happening now!

In an effort to make our website more user friendly for all, THCA has added the Happening Now tab on the front page of the site. Just click on the tab and it will take you to trending topics.  No more searching for what you need.


Here are a couple of the featured topics currently on: happening now!

♦     THCA 2017 Spring Conference and Resource Fair

♦     Advancing Public Policy During the 85th Texas Legislature:  What Can I Do?


The Quality Initiative Series – Succeeding in the Midst of Change”

The AHCA Quality team is creating a series of FREE education Webinars which covers the best practices to help members with many of the new regulatory, payment or public reporting changes. The series is designed to provide critical support to members. You can register for the first webinar here.

The schedule is as follows:

April 26, 2017
5 – Antipsychotic Drug Reduction

June 21, 2017
6 – Functional Outcomes

September 20, 2017
7 – Customer Satisfaction/Experience

November 15, 2017 
8 – Hospital Admissions in Long Stay Settings


Building Prevention into Every Day Practice: Framework for Successful Clinical Outcomes Series – Part 8 of 13

This is part of a series featuring one element of the Building Prevention into Every Day Practice: Framework for Successful Clinical Outcomes.  Success in achieving positive resident/patient outcomes is even more critical now than ever before.  The link between quality and payment in long term and post-acute care is growing stronger, as evidenced by the SNF Value Based Purchasing Program (VBP), Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act, SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and more.

In addition, regulatory activity is intensifying through focused surveys on adverse events, dementia care and MDS. The Five-Star Rating system and Nursing Home Compare have been revised and will add items in the future as it broadens public reporting and transparency.  Most importantly, consumers expect and deserve high quality care.

The entire framework outlines key elements from both an organizational and clinical nature that are critical to successful clinical and organizational outcomes. Positively, these elements reflect common denominators that cross multiple care situations.  Therefore, instead of being yet another initiative or single focused project to achieve just one outcome, it is a way of acting, thinking and being that will benefit multiple areas across an organization.  Each element is addressed in detail throughout the framework.


This month THCA is featuring the element of Clinical Foundation: Diagnostic Quality

Key Takeaways: Diagnostic Quality

◊  Accurate diagnosis is key to assist all disciplines in caring effectively for an individual.

◊  Diagnostic error frequently leads to unsafe care, waste of resources and unsatisfactory experience for the resident/patient. 

◊  Improving diagnostic quality is a key factor to improve patient safety.


Probing Questions for Team Reflection and Discussion:

  1. What steps can we take to help avoid cognitive error?
  2. How do we know if we have obtained and provided adequate information before seeking treatment or intervention?
  3. How do we engage all staff in contributing to diagnostic quality?

Visit the AHCA Clinical Practice website to learn more about the element of “Clinical Foundation: Diagnostic Quality” and answers to these key questions:

What does this mean? Why is this important? What are some examples? What is my part (as an individual employee, manager or practitioner)? What can my organization do?

Start somewhere, pick one element and work through it with your team.

Enjoy the journey through the framework!