Register Now for the Transition to Practice for Nurses in the Nursing Facility Setting Academy

Registration is open for the Transition to Practice Academy. This training opportunity will help newly graduated nurses or those new to the nursing facility setting increase their knowledge and readiness to practice. Participating nurses will gain valuable resources and takeaways that support their transition and prepare nurses to offer the highest possible level of care to nursing facility residents.

Dates and Locations:

  • Oct. 25-27, Dallas
  • Nov. 7-9, Abilene
  • Dec. 5-7, Dallas
  • Jan. 17-19, Corpus Christi
  • Jan. 24-26, Houston
  • Feb. 28-March 2, San Antonio

More information about the Transition to Practice Academy is available here. Email questions to

NFQR Data Collection Continues through December

HHSC has contracted with The University of Texas at Austin for the Nursing Facility Quality Review 2017. Nurse quality reviewers from the university’s School of Nursing are visiting Medicaid-certified nursing facilities across the state to collect data for the project. The onsite reviews will continue through December 2017.

The nurse quality reviewers are not surveyors or quality monitors. The nurse quality reviewers have HHSC authorization to perform interviews and assessments as well as to review and obtain copies of specific clinical documents. This process meets all the requirements of the HIPAA privacy rules.

The nurse quality reviewers have identification badges from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and an introductory letter that explains their role. The letter also outlines the nursing facility’s responsibility to cooperate with the data collection process as a condition of participation in the Medicaid program.

Information about the NFQR process and links to previous reports can be found on the QMP website.  The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing NFQR webpage also includes photos of the nurse quality reviewers who are conducting the visits.

Questions regarding the NFQR can be emailed to

Save the Date - Texas OASIS HCBS Training Academy

HHSC is expanding the Texas OASIS Training Academy to home- and community-based providers, as well as family caregivers. During this free 2-day training program, Dr. Susan Wehry will provide information on caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, including managing dementia-related behaviors through non-pharmacological interventions with an emphasis on person-centered care.

Who should attend?

Staff in home and community based settings, including assisted living facilities, day activity and health services PACE. Others who would find this training beneficial include home health workers, direct service workers and family caregivers.

Dates and Locations:

  • Dec. 13-14, Austin
  • Feb. 15-16, Houston
  • April 25-26, Abilene
  • May 16-17, Corpus Christi
  • May 23-24, Fort Worth
  • June 13-14, Laredo
  • June 20-21, Houston
  • June 27-28, El Paso
  • July 18-19, Edinburg
  • Aug. 6-8, San Antonio

Registration begins in October. For more information, visit or email

Save the Date – PASRR in the Nursing Facility: Putting the Pieces Together

HHSC is sponsoring this free, 2-day training event that will provide nursing facilities with information and resources detailing the complexities of caring for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, or both. Participants will be able to identify what PASRR is, describe the people who PASRR affects, list the laws related to PASRR and describe the different types of settings that can serve people affected by PASRR.

Who should attend?

Nurses, nursing facility administrators, activity directors, physical, occupation and speech therapists, social workers, ombudsman, certified nursing assistants, PASRR professionals, managed care organizations, local intellectual and developmental disability authorities and local mental health authorities.

Dates and Locations:

  • Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Corpus Christi
  • Feb. 6-7, Laredo
  • Feb. 21-22, Houston
  • March 7-8, Abilene
  • March 21-22, Austin
  • March 27-28, San Antonio   
  • April 3-4, Tyler
  • May 1-2, Fort Worth

Registration begins in October. For more information visit, or email

Music & Memory Program Update

Research has confirmed the positive impacts personalized music playlists can have on brain activity, particularly in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Those effects not only improve the quality of life for residents, but can also contribute to a decrease in the use of antipsychotic medications.

HHSC has been granted approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to use Civil Monetary Penalty funds to expand the Music & Memory Program to an additional 200 nursing homes in Texas. The nominations for Phase IV will begin in Fall 2017, with Phase V to begin in early 2018. The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Center for Excellence in Long-term Care will be conducting an evaluation of the resident and facility outcomes for Phase IV and Phase V of the Music & Memory Program.

The Center for Excellence in Long-Term Care also will launch a 6-month study of the program to determine the effects of individualized playlists for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in long-term intermediate care facilities.

For more information about the HHSC Music & Memory Program, visit our website. Questions can be emailed to

The Vocational Nurse Educator Toolkit has been updated.

The Vocational Nurse Educator Toolkit on the QMP website has been updated.

The toolkit was developed through collaboration with the Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators, the Texas Health Care Association, and TMF-Quality Improvement Organization). It can be used by vocational nurse educators to enrich their curriculum, and by nursing facilities to help new licensed vocational nurses as they transition from the classroom to practice. The toolkit is intended to be an additional resource for evidence-based best practices in long-term care settings.

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