IMPORTANT UPDATE & TIGHT DEADLINE:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the launch of a new program called the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program designed to improve the quality of life and quality of care for nursing home residents. CMS is encouraging nursing facilities who are late adopters to participate in the Breakthrough Community on Dementia Care. See CMS’ communication below:

CMS’ Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP) is a three-year effort focused on the following goals:

  • Improve dementia care
  • Reduce adverse events
  • Improve staffing quality, such as reducing turnover, improving staff retention and enhancing general staff performance

To successfully achieve these goals, the CMPRP is engaging nursing homes in several ways, including an opportunity to participate in a Breakthrough Community on Dementia Care.

The Breakthrough Community is a voluntary opportunity for nursing homes to work with peer nursing homes to test interventions that will lead to improvement in quality of life and quality of care for residents of nursing homes. The Breakthrough Community will last approximately one year.

Nursing homes identified as late adopters in the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Minnesota may apply to be part of the Breakthrough Community for Dementia Care.

Applications are accepted through Friday, July 20th. The CMPRP team will notify applicants whether they are accepted by late July. The Breakthrough Community will begin in Fall 2018.

To facilitate national quality improvement progress, the CMPRP team needs your partnership to support nursing homes that may be interested in the Breakthrough Community opportunity.

The State Dementia Care Coalitions and/or QIN-QIOs will be sending the application materials to nursing homes identified as late adopters. If nursing homes reach out to you with questions about this opportunity, please feel free to share the attached FAQ and application documents and direct any questions to