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Nursing Home Advanced Education Project

Project Overview

PROJECT TITLE:  Indiana Nursing Home Advanced Education Project

PROJECT PURPOSE:  To address a statewide shortage of healthcare workers in nursing homes with advanced training in long term care issues. 

BRIEF PROJECT SUMMARY:  This project is intended to develop and implement a program to improve the education of health care professionals working in long term care facilities.  Formal academic programs generally do not include dedicated courses or even detailed content on long term care issues such as pressure ulcers, infection prevention, or Alzheimer’s.  Formal academic programs certainly do not include process improvement content needed for healthcare quality improvement.  The result is that most long term care professionals working in nursing homes do not have formal education in many long term care issues.  This likely is a contributing factor to deficient practices.  

In order to increase the number of nursing home staff with advanced education needed to support improvements in healthcare quality, the ISDH seeks to develop and implement an advanced education program on long term care specialties.  The ISDH is planning to offer education programs in several advanced areas.  These education programs will prepare the participant to be eligible to apply for certification (where certification is available).  The following are education programs included in the project:

  • Wound care
  • Infection Prevention
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care 
  • Process Improvement 

CMS requires state transparency related to state CMP expenditures.  Information on each approved CMP Project is required to be posted online.  This web site is intended to provide information about the Indiana Nursing Home Advanced Education Project.

Schedule of Education Opportunities

Click for a printable schedule of courses with presenters and certification source.  The following is the current schedule of education programs for this project:

Process Improvement / QAPI

Fort Wayne     September 8-11, 2014
Merrillville       September 29 - October 2, 2014
Columbus       October 27-30, 2014
Evansville       November 10-13, 2014
Indianapolis     January 12-15, 2015 

Infection Control and Prevention

The infection control and prevention course consists of a two-day classroom session, followed by a series of assignments, then followed by another two-day classroom session.

South Bend, IN    April 13-14 and August 3-4, 2015 
Indianapolis, IN    April 16-17 and August 6-7, 2015

Wound Care

Merrillville, IN      September 28 - October 1, 2015  
Evansville, IN     October 5-8, 2015
Indianapolis, IN   November 9-12, 2015

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Columbus, IN       TBD – February 2016
Fort Wayne, IN     TBD – March 2016
Indianapolis, IN    TBD – April 2016

Acronyms and Definitions


  • CMP:  Civil Money Penalty 
  • CMS:  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 
  • ISDH:  Indiana State Department of Health
  • QAPI:  Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement

Contact the Program 

Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-1325 (ISDH Main Switchboard)

Assistant Commissioner and Special Counsel
Matthew Foster
Consumer Services and Health Care Regulation Commission
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street, 4B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7289
(317) 233-9691 [Administrative Assistant]
(317) 233-7322 [Fax]

Director of Program Performance & Development
Nancy Adams
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street, 4 Selig
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7119
(317) 233-8761 [Administrative Assistant]
(317) 233-7154 [Fax]

Contact for Project Coordinator 

The ISDH contracts with an entity to serve as Project Coordinator.  The following is contact information for the Project Coordinator:

University of Indianapolis 
Center for Aging & Community
901 South Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN  46203

Ellen Burton
Senior Project Director
(317) 791-5940 
(317) 791-5945 FAX

Project Proposal

Project Proposal:  The Project Proposal is a document created by the ISDH and submitted to CMS to request approval of use of CMP funds. The proposal includes project goals and outcome measures.

CMS Project Approval:  The CMS Project Approval Letter is a document created by CMS formally approving a project for use of CMP funds.  

Project Timeline

Project start and end dates:

  • ISDH received CMS approval:  November 4, 2013
  • Project start date:  August 1, 2014
  • Project end date:  July 31, 2016

Project Information

Project funding approved by CMS: $400,000

Project Resources 

Project Questions and Answers:  Link to frequently asked questions about the project.  

Process Improvement / QAPI Resources

Project Reports

Final Project Report:  At the conclusion of the project, a Final Project Report will be posted.  The Final Project Report will include information on project funding, duration of the project, contract recipients, purpose and goals of the project, project outcomes, and other information.  

Project Resource Centers

Health Care Quality Resource Center Home Page. The Center provides access to agency Consumer Brochures, Education Modules, Health Care Quality Resources Centers, Health Care Facility Information Pages, and Program Advisory Letters.  

Resource Centers:  A Resource Center is often created for care issues related to quality improvement projects.  Each Resource Center contains resources and information about educational programs.  Resource Centers related to the Nursing Home Advanced Education Project are: