From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist:
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) Quality Assurance and Improvement (QAI) Committee is recommending the expansion of the Music and Memory initiative to nearly 150 additional nursing homes in Wisconsin.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a grant to Wisconsin for the program, which provides nursing homes with funding to purchase iPods, headphones, speakers and iTunes gift cards all to benefit nursing home residents. The goal is to reduce the reliance on anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medication, reduce agitation, reduce the use of bed/chair alarms and provide greater enjoyment to residents. One hundred nursing homes in Wisconsin were selected to participate in the program – out of 233 applications. Those not selected – due to funding constraints – were placed on a waiting list.
The DQA QAI Committee, which administers allocated civil money penalty funds to nursing home stakeholders to develop and implement projects and programs designed to improve the quality of care in Wisconsin nursing homes, is recommending an expansion of the program to another nearly 150 nursing homes.
The expansion request now goes to DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades for her review. If approved by Rhoades, it would then go to CMS.