The state sponsors joint training with surveyors and facility staff. The most recent training program, held in February 2002, was called "Enhancing Quality: Initiatives, Strategies, and Solutions." For this training, facilities were taught how to identify quality problems and how to improve quality. Since the February workshop, two additional follow-up sessions were held that focused on sharing individual QI successes and/or failures.
The Office of Health Care Quality also accepts grant proposals to implement innovative ideas or to conduct research that will improve the quality of care for nursing home residents. Grants are funded by Civil Money Penalty funds.