Home Health & Hospice

Q: Which staff members should we be sure to include in our QAPI committee and what should their responsibilities be?

Homecare Insider, October 21, 2013

Q: Quality improvement is a continued focus in our agency, and we want to ensure that we have the best candidates as part of our quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) committee. Which staff members should we be sure to include and what should their responsibilities be?

A: The QAPI committee is the entity responsible for overseeing the agency’s QAPI program and activities. The committee should consist of a representative from agency management—the administrator, supervisor, or quality improvement coordinator—and a representative from each discipline of service your agency provides. The committee will develop an annual plan for QAPI activities, and their duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Staff education on QAPI activities, process, and outcome issues
  • Communication of QAPI activities to staff, administration, governing body, and PAC
  • Liaison responsibilities between the committee and staff and the governing body
  • QAPI activities that include the use of appropriate techniques, comparison of data on processes and outcomes, evaluation of the program, and documentation of activities