Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Any Louisiana nursing home certified for Medicare or Medicaid or any management company that owns or manages a Louisiana nursing home certified for Medicare or Medicaid is eligible to compete for one of a limited number of grants. The projects must be conducted in nursing homes located in Louisiana.

Is CMS Involved?

Yes. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will receive proposals, taking into consideration innovation, sustainability, replicability and feasibility. Those considered appropriate for funding will be sent to CMS for their approval. CMS approval is required before the awards can be given.

How do I apply?

Go to www.ldh.la.gov/cmpapp and follow the instructions for downloading and submitting the application.

What is the deadline for the application?

The deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017. The application must be postmarked by this date.

What is the project period?

Projects will be funding from July 1,2017 to December 31, 2017.

What is the anticipated date for notice of award?

We plan to make announcements by February 10, 2017.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for up to $19,500. The final amount of the award will be determined by the office of Aging and Adult Services staff after reviewing the applications.

How many grants will be awarded?

We anticipate awarding at least 10 grants. The number of grants awarded will depend upon the applications received, the amounts awarded and the available funds.

What happens if a project budget exceeds the cost of the grant?

In such a situation, funds from the grant may be used to supplement other funding sources.

Are there any other cost reporting requirements?

Grant recipients must comply with Medicare/Medicaid cost reporting requirements.

How will the application be evaluated?

This is a competitive process. The application will be evaluated on such factors as:

  • Does the project test new and different approaches to improving the quality of life or care for residents?
  • Does the project have the potential to significantly impact resident's quality of life or care?
  • Can the project be sustained beyond the length of the project?
  • Can this project be replicated in other nursing homes?
  • How thorough are the outcome measures? Are the measures evidenced-based? How reasonable is the budget?
  • How likely is it that the nursing home can complete the project? Does the application show an understanding of quality improvement processes?

What kind of projects can I apply for?

LDH will consider any quality improvement project that makes nursing facilities better places to live, work and visit. LDH is taking a “grassroots” approach –allowing the facility to identify its own needs and strengths and tailoring its approach accordingly. The grant categories are:

  • Direct Improvement to Quality of Care
  • Resident or Family Councils
  • Cultural Change/Quality of Life
  • Training
  • Other-provider specified

 

What kind of projects will not be funded?

  • Capital improvements (new and renovated construction and furniture). Projects that supplant the existing responsibilities of the home to meet Medicaid/ Medicare requirements
  • Projects that are developed for planning purposes only

 

What will I be required to report?

You will need to send detailed quarterly progress reports that show:

  • Measurements of the impact on the residents, staff and costs
  • Progress toward project goals
  • Staff time on the project
  • Cost data

 

Can I appeal if my project isn’t funded?

No.

How will projects be monitored and what will I be required to report?

You need to send detailed progress reports at the end of the third and sixth months that show:

  • Measurements of the impact on the residents, staff and costs
  • Progress toward the project goals
  • Staff time on the project
  • Costs data

In addition, OAAS staff will conduct onsite visits.

 

Can I apply for more than one grant?

No. We will award only one grant per nursing home.

Can I apply for a multi-year project?

No. Projects must be completed in one year. However, it will be acceptable to apply for the same project for one additional year, provided that the applicant can establish sustainability.

If a facility or its corporation received a grant in the first, second or third cycles, will they be eligible for a grant in the fourth cycle?

Yes, but preference will be given to applicants who have not yet received a grant.

If a facility or its corporation received a grant in the first or second cycle, will they be eligible for a grant in the third cycle?

Yes, but preference will be given to applicants who have not yet received a grant.

How will funds be disbursed?

Nursing facilities or the management company will enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with LDH. The agreement will include reporting requirements. * It is important to note that grant payments are cost reimbursed and will be made in two installments upon receipt of the two required progress reports that have been approved by OAAS staff.

Who do I contact for more information or with questions?

Edward J. Smith, NFA, FACHE
Quality Improvement Manager
LDH/OAAS
628 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2031
Email: Edward.Smith2@la.gov
Phone: (504) 352-1933 (Tuesday thru Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. CST).