David Gifford

Nursing homes announce campaign to lessen poor outcomes, decrease employee turnover

Nursing homes announce campaign to lessen poor outcomes, decrease employee turnover

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Increasing staff stability, adopting a customer satisfaction questionnaire, reducing unintended healthcare outcomes, reducing hospital readmissions, improving discharges to the community, and adopting functional outcome measurements are the focus of the next round of quality improvement for the American Health Care Association.

5 Star is expanding as tweaks continue

5 Star is expanding as tweaks continue

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Nursing homes entered a new era of tougher government scrutiny on Feb. 23, when officials released rebased Five Star ratings.

Profile: Mor than meets the eye

Profile: Mor than meets the eye

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While Brown University Professor Vince Mor's accomplishments may be heralded in the long-term care profession, what may be less known is his dedicated work with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.

Antipsychotics goal gets reset

Antipsychotics goal gets reset

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Long-term care providers are being asked to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications among residents by 25% by the end of 2015, and 30% by the end of 2016.

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

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It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has decided to buy itself a whole lot of credibility. I mean that only in a good way.

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

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This is going to sound terribly wrong on the face of it. There's no way around it. It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has just bought itself a whole lot of credibility.

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.

Providers refocus on 15% drug reduction

Providers refocus on 15% drug reduction

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Skilled nursing providers fell short of reaching a 15% reduction in off-label antipsychotic use by the end of 2012, the American Health Care Association formally announced last month. However, AHCA did renew the goal for 2013, and members also performed better in the reductions than nursing providers overall.

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.

Nursing homes should prepare to meet antipsychotic reduction goals, quality chief says

Nursing homes should prepare to meet antipsychotic reduction goals, quality chief says

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The American Health Care Association's David Gifford, M.D., is offering tips for nursing homes looking to meet regulator and trade group deadlines for reducing antipsychotics use.

AHCA incorporates new rehospitalization measuring tool into Quality Initiative

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The American Health Care Association announced Thursday that it will employ a new, proprietary methodology for calculating case-mix adjusted hospitalization metrics for its members in its national Quality Initiative.

The future of antipsychotics

The future of antipsychotics

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It turns out McKnight's Editor Jim Berklan is psychic, or at least a well-read prognosticator of long-term care.

Rehospitalizations, antipsychotics focus of LTC quality measurements

Reducing rehospitalizations and the off-label use of antipsychotics were named top priorities by long-term care groups Wednesday.

Who's Who of long-term care to explore care transitions at 2nd annual Long-Term Quality Alliance meeting

Providers, academics, policy makers and other key stakeholders in U.S. long-term care will meet Thursday for a day of workgroup updates and educational sessions centered on care transitions. Quality measures and improvement also will be highlighted during the Long-Term Quality Alliance's second annual meeting at the National Press Club in Washington. Leading Age President and CEO Larry Minnix, American Health Care Association Vice President David Gifford and former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Mark McClellan are among a long list of distinguished presenters.

Staff stability and resident satisfaction are key goals for providers, quality guru says

Providers should be avidly trying to reduce rehospitalization rates as a measure of quality, according to an American Health Care Association executive.

Long-term care providers at summit call for collaboration in ACOs to lower the cost of care

American Health Care Association CEO and President Mark Parkinson on Tuesday called for collaboration across all segments of the healthcare sector at the second annual National Accountable Care Organization Summit.

Gifford, Phillips named to nursing home campaign

Two leading long-term care experts are the new co-chairs of a quality initiative for nursing homes.

Nursing homes to be judged by 21 new quality measures on federal website

Nursing homes to be judged by 21 new quality measures on federal website

The National Quality Forum on Wednesday came out in support of 21 measures to be used to care for both long-term nursing home residents and short-stay patients. These measures will be included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Nursing Home Compare website.

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.