January 7, 2008 Statewide QIS Survey Process Conference Call

December 2007

Information Bulletin 07-08

MDH Rolls-Out the Nursing Home Federal Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) Process

Overview of the CMS QIS Survey Process:
Statewide Call: January 7, 2008


The purpose of this information bulletin is to inform providers and the public that the Minnesota Department of Health will kick off the federal QIS surveyor training by providing a joint surveyor and provider telephone conference call on January 7, 2008 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM.

Joint Information Session:

A forty-five minute overview of the federal QIS survey process will be presented by Dr. Andrew M. Kramer of Nursing Home Quality LLC via a conference call on January 7, 2008 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM, prior to the beginning of the Minnesota surveyor training sessions. Forty-five minutes of the call will be devoted to questions and answers. The conference call is open to providers, surveyors, and the public.

Minnesota surveyors will receive extensive training on the federal QIS survey process beginning the afternoon of January 7, 2008. This training will be provided by Nursing Home Quality LLC, under contract with CMS to train MDH surveyors in the nursing home QIS survey process. A core group of surveyors and supervisors will receive this training first and then begin conducting QIS surveys in Minnesota in January 2008. Within 3 years all surveyors will receive the training.


Dr. Kramer is President and CEO of Nursing Home Quality LLC, a company dedicated to providing QIS training and software. He is also Professor and Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado. He has 26 years experience in health policy research serving as Principal Investigator for over 45 grants/contracts funded by the federal government, foundations, and state governments. Dr. Kramer's research focuses on quality, outcomes, and costs of care for chronically ill older persons, with a particular emphasis on nursing home care. He led the University of Colorado in developing the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) and is Principal Investigator for the six state QIS demonstration. He has served on Institute of Medicine committees, testified before Congress, frequently advises CMS, and has published over 100 manuscripts and policy reports. Dr. Kramer attended Harvard Medical School, and he remains active in medical school education and training.

Prior to this session, Dr. Kramer will post his presentation online so that participants can access it electronically and follow along while he presents. To access these materials, go to the following website. The items will be posted prior to the presentation.
http://www.nursinghomequality.com/minnesotaqis [expired link]

There is no need to pre-register for the conference call.
Space is limited to 500 lines. We request that only one line be used per facility.

Please follow these instructions to join the conference call:

  • A few minutes prior to 10:00 AM CST, dial 1-888-790-2041
  • At the prompt enter the following pass code: 1167293
  • When the call opens for Q&A's, the operator will provide you with instructions for asking a question.


Updated Monday, January 14, 2019 at 09:26AM