Dawn Venema, PT, PhD and Katherine Jones, PT, PhD, faculty in the Division of Physical Therapy Education, presented at the 2011 Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum on May 10, 2011, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in LaVista, Nebraska. The title of their presentation was “CAPTURE Falls in Nebraska Hospitals: A survey of fall risk reduction efforts in Nebraska.” The presentation included results from a survey conducted earlier this year to learn about the current structures, processes, and outcomes of fall risk reduction programs in hospitals throughout the state. Regina Nailon, RN, PhD, Roni-Reiter Palmon, PhD, Robin High, MA, Anne Skinner, RHIA, and Elliot Tapprich, BS, SPT all contributed in various ways to the success of the survey.
Approximately 450 healthcare providers statewide participated in the Forum in an effort to build partnerships to improve the quality of care for Nebraskans. Over thirty Nebraska healthcare organizations presented quality improvement initiatives, methods and data, and activities demonstrating their efforts to improve healthcare practices. Presentation topics included organizational culture change, clinical care, patient safety, health information technology, health literacy, patient-centered care processes and transitions of care.
The 2011 Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum was sponsored by CIMRO of Nebraska, Nebraska’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). CIMRO of Nebraska is an independent QIO under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to work with Nebraska providers to improve the quality of care for Nebraska Medicare beneficiaries.