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.
Topic: Quality of Care
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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.
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.
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.
The research supports the need for better discharge planning by hospitals and better coordination of care between acute care hospitals and post-acute providers.
The international study found that increases in the percentage of private companies correlated with lower spending on nursing and direct care services.
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.
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.
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.
Two-Thirds of Nursing Facilities Nationwide Will See Decline In their Quality Measures; One-Third of Facilities Will See Decline in Their Overall Score
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.