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Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

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Nurses' efforts to be leaders in a national effort to improve long-term care showed how they can attain greater influence over healthcare policy, according to an article recently published in Geriatric Nursing.

A better way for nursing homes to advance

A better way for nursing homes to advance

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Perhaps some of long-term care's brightest stars didn't want to be accused of getting worse. We'll soon find out.

Ask the payment expert ... about quality of care and reimbursements

Ask the payment expert ... about quality of care and reimbursements

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Many states are at the forefront of pay for performance initiatives. These tie payment incentives to quality measurements and outcomes. These programs are encouraged by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' value-based purchasing "Pay for Performance" initiative.

60 seconds with ... Doug Pace, NHA

60 seconds with ... Doug Pace, NHA

Q: Will the recent Inspector General's report on SNF adverse events put more focus on quality efforts like Advancing Excellence? A: You never know how much traction these reports are going to get.

Nursing home administrators do not believe that pay-for-performance improves care quality or facility profitability, survey shows

Nursing home administrators do not believe that pay-for-performance improves care quality or facility profitability, survey shows

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Most nursing home administrators do not believe that pay-for-performance initiatives lead to improved resident care or stronger bottom lines, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

What Chipotle can teach long-term care

What Chipotle can teach long-term care

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I love Chipotle. What makes the burrito purveyor so great? The real secret might be how it grooms and retains its managers — it's an approach long-term care leaders might do well to study.

CDC unveils new website to boost long-term care infection control efforts

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Long-term care providers can refer to a newly launched website to access information and resources to prevent infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

Caregivers should prepare for some residents to 'get worse' during antipsychotic drawdown, CMS officials urge

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Leaders in long-term care facilities should take steps to ensure that residents with dementia are not unnecessarily put back on antipsychotic medications, according to officials who spoke on a call with providers Monday.

Systematic improvement is a key to larger culture change in long-term care, Advancing Excellence leader says

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The Advancing Excellence campaign is well known for helping long-term care providers improve on measureable quality goals, but the program goes beyond this to create less quantifiable changes, according to Executive Director Douglas Pace, LNHA.

LTC campaign revamps goals

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The Advancing Excellence campaign is calling on skilled nursing providers to use a set of updated goals to create a framework for achieving better care.

Advancing Excellence unveils new goals, including resident mobility, infection management

Advancing Excellence unveils new goals, including resident mobility, infection management

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The Advancing Excellence campaign has released updated goals and called on nursing homes to actively use the framework for achieving better quality care.

Advancing Excellence searching for another new leader

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A high-profile long-term care quality group has begun search plans for another new executive director, just six months after filling the position previously.

Push to decrease antipsychotics use has only just begun

Push to decrease antipsychotics use has only just begun

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If you feel like you've been reading a lot about antipsychotics lately, you're not alone.

Why do we do some of this 'stuff'?

Why do we do some of this 'stuff'?

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We do a lot of "stuff" in nursing that makes no sense (both in acute care and long-term care — I'm not singling us out here). We do a lot of things that waste precious time and are definitely not evidence based. Let's take a look at some myth busters.

Rhode Island's Gifford named new national nursing home and assisted living quality chief

Rhode Island's Gifford named new national nursing home and assisted living quality chief

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living on Tuesday named Dr. David R. Gifford as their senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs, a new department within the nation's largest nursing home association.

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