LTC professionals' council outlines responsibilities

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Four major long-term care organizations jointly issued a document Tuesday that defines their respective roles and duties.

Administrators, directors of nursing, pharmacists and medical directors all are focal points in "Essential Core Functions," a document posted on association Web sites for each of the professions. They are;;; and

"The next step will be a series of short guidance pieces on key areas that challenge professionals in the field and are key to providing quality care," a statement from the council said Tuesday. "The Council advocates quality improvement through coordinated use of consistent systems and processes of clinical care."