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Hospice Aides & QAPI


Overview & Objectives

As with all members of the interdisciplinary team, Medicare requires hospice aides to have a role in QAPI processes and projects.   If hospice aides are unfamiliar with Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs), this module provides a basic overview of the components of a PIP.  It covers members of the QAPI committee, key members of the PIP team, how PIPs are chosen, and the common P-D-S-A model used to guide a PIP.  It also describes the roles of PIP team members, sources for PIPs, and the essential elements of a PIP.  Examples of PIPs are included, as well as methods for keeping the organization informed of the progress of a PIP.  This module contains the following learning objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of QAPI programs and projects in hospice
  • List the key members of a QAPI committee and PIP team
  • Describe sources for PIPs and examples of a PIP
  • Describe the P-D-S-A cycling format for a PIP
  • Review the essential elements of a PIP



  • Self-study Section
  • Appendix A:  Sample PIP Assignment Sheet
  • Appendix B:  Essential Elements of a PIP
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance