Date of Conferral



Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Daniel Smith


The healthcare industry, and more specifically the nursing home sector, is changing operations and services due to a healthcare mandates and enactment of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Such changes are termed quality assurance performance improvements (QAPI), to receive government subsidies and indemnification compensations. The purpose of this single case study was to explore effective strategies implemented by 4 healthcare leaders to comply with QAPI regulations. Total quality management theory was the conceptual framework used in this study. Data were collected through semistructured, open-ended, face-to-face interviews with 4 participants who serve in a management capacity at an organization located in northwest Missouri. Member checking was used to strengthen the credibility and trustworthiness of the interpretation of the participants' responses. The emergent themes from the study were (a) quality planning using systematic and strategic approaches, (b) quality control using business instruments and tools to measure performance and progress, (c) quality assurance through internal and external systematic analysis, and (d) quality improvements using an integrated systems approach. The implications for positive social change include the potential optimization of care provided to consumers in nursing homes by identifying best practices and strategies healthcare and business professionals have used to modify their business processes and operations.