Improving Quality Care
Maine Culture Change Coalition/LANE
LTCOP is a partner of the Maine Culture Change Coalition/ Local Area Network of Excellence. This coalition is made up of stakeholders at the state level who come together for the purpose of supporting providers and consumers in achieving the Campaign for Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes goals. The Maine LANE was formed in March 2007. It serves as the central organization to ensure the success of Advancing Excellence for each state. Its purpose is to recruit participating providers and consumers, to promote the Campaign, to provide access to local education, to foster constructive relationships among stakeholders, and to identify evidenced-based protocols. Maine’s LANE seeks to be inclusive of the spectrum of LTC stakeholders in a state who share the commitment and expertise to the Campaign. To date, Maine’s LANE is currently made up of a variety of stakeholders, to include agencies and facility staff members.
For more information visit the Maine Health Care Association website: MHCA
Maine Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
In July 2012, the Maine Culture Change Coalition/LANE, the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Maine Health Care Association joined forces to lead the statewide Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes. The goal of the Partnership is to provide education and support to all 107 nursing homes across the state as they provide care to residents with dementia. 57% of residents in Maine nursing homes have dementia. The Partnership is assisting nursing homes by providing inspiration, training and support in their efforts to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications for residents with dementia.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) set a national goal to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications by 15% for residents living in nursing homes with dementia. As of February 2015 Maine is the third most improved state in the country, achieving a reduction of 29.9%. Maine has well exceeded the CMS target of 15% reduction – a true accomplishment considering the high percentage of Maine nursing home residents with dementia.
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