Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Cape Cod Ranked Among Top 25 Percent of Home Health Providers in Country Quality Improvement Efforts Recognized by Masspro

April 2008

The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod was recently recognized by Masspro, the Medicare quality improvement organization for Massachusetts , at a conference honoring the achievements made by home health agencies participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI). The agency received its award for improving clinical care related to one or more target outcome measures (areas of care).

"Of the agencies that worked with Masspro on the HHQI project, a majority were able to significantly improve their selected target outcome(s). All of the agencies that volunteered to participate in this project clearly showed their commitment to improving the quality of care delivered to their patients," said Helen M. Magliozzi, RN, BSN, Manager, Home Health and Nursing Home Services.

Facilitated locally by Masspro, the HHQI seeks to enhance the care provided to patients treated in their homes. Participating agencies are given technical assistance to develop and implement plans of action, as well as encouraged to share information and learn from their peers through interactive e-mail lists, Web-based training, audio-conferences, and workshops.