Civil monetary penalties to fund new CMS quality improvement initiative

Nov 30, 2018
The Bottom Line

CMS announced a three-year quality improvement initiative in a press release on November 20, 2018. The Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP) aims to improve residents’ quality of life by equipping nursing home staff, administrators, and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care. The CMPRP is funded by federal civil money penalties, which are fines nursing homes must pay CMS by law when they are noncompliant with certain regulations and there are serious concerns about the safety and quality of care they provide.

Most penalties collected are returned to states to fund state-based projects that benefit nursing home residents, and CMS retains a portion of the funds for similar federal initiatives. Under this new program, CMS will collaborate with industry experts to develop an ongoing series of toolkits and technical assistance intended to help nursing home staff and management improve care delivery and thereby residents’ quality of life.

The first toolkit in the CMPRP series has been released and can be downloaded here. The Nursing Home Staff 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.

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