Families For Better Care
Seems like it is was only a few weeks ago that the New York Times was blasting the nursing home industry for playing fast and loose with staffing numbers. Now comes a state-by-state report card that essentially says chronic understaffing is undermining care.
It's said that politics, among other things, makes for strange bedfellows. Add long-term care quality improvement efforts to the list.
A bill that would establish a minimum direct care nurse staffing hours at Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities was introduced by an Illinois congresswoman last week.
Staffing is a key factor in determining a nursing home's quality of care, according to new state-by-state analysis from advocacy group Families for Better Care.
The National Quality Forum voted to endorse 14 quality measures regarding palliative and end-of-life care for patients and their families. The quality measures focus on areas of care including pain management, weight loss and depression.
Twenty-four nursing home resident advocacy groups have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to require that nursing home owners provide health insurance to their employees.