Topic: Quality of Care

Disaster Preparedness and Response: The Special Needs of Older Americans

Nursing facilities have an obligation to ensure the well-being of their residents, some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Disaster and emergency preparedness is certainly an essential responsibility for keeping residents safe.

CMA Alert – Joint Replacement Model Undermines Care; OTC Hearing Aids Legislation Passed; More

CMA Alert - Joint Replacement Model Undermines Care; OTC Hearing Aids Legislation Passed; Severe Harm if ACA Cost-Sharing Payments End

Nursing Home “Advancing Excellence” Quality Program Ends after a Decade

Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes, a voluntary program promoted as an effort to improve quality of care in nursing homes, has ended after a decade.

Don’t be Fooled by the Federal Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating System

Providing composite scores is intended to help consumers make sense of the large amounts of material on Nursing Home Compare, but composite scores do a disservice to the public when nursing facilities’ self-reported information boosts facilities’ ratings into higher levels.

Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program for Hospitals: Paying More to Low-Cost Hospitals That Provide Low Quality Care

The issue of rewarding efficiency, regardless of quality, has assumed even greater significance in light of Congress’s expansion of efficiency incentives to post-acute providers in the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014.

Reducing Hospital Readmissions by Addressing the Causes

The research supports the need for better discharge planning by hospitals and better coordination of care between acute care hospitals and post-acute providers.

International Study: Privatization of Long-Term Care Facilities Does Not Lead to Greater Transparency or More Care

The international study found that increases in the percentage of private companies correlated with lower spending on nursing and direct care services.

Discharge Planning: Tips for Evaluating a Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility Placement Choices

Medicare beneficiaries often need care in a Medicare- participating skilled nursing facility (SNF) after an inpatient hospitalization. For these patients, hospitals are responsible for identifying skilled nursing facilities within the geographic region that can meet the patient’s medical needs. Here are some tips to help Medicare beneficiaries, their families and friends evaluate identified placements and to potentially identify better options.

Advancing Excellence: Very Few Nursing Homes are “Full Active Participants” and Nearly Half of Them Provide Poor Care

In September 2006, the nursing home industry announced a voluntary quality improvement campaign – Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes. After more than eight and a half years, Advancing Excellence has not been broadly adopted by the nursing home industry.

Center for Medicare Advocacy Co-Authors Report Published by the Kaiser Family Foundation Comparing Consumer Protections in Major Health Plans

The report examines similarities and differences in federal consumer protection standards for these three programs that provide insurance coverage through private plans, including eligibility, enrollment, renewability, benefits, cost-sharing and other issues.

Changes to Nursing Home Compare and the Five Star Quality Rating System

Two-Thirds of Nursing Facilities Nationwide Will See Decline In their Quality Measures; One-Third of Facilities Will See Decline in Their Overall Score

Changes to Nursing Home Compare: Some Good, Some Bad

While CMS is making plans to improve the accuracy of sections of Nursing Home Compare that reflect resident assessment and staffing information, it is providing misleading information about the survey portion of the website.

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