Providers asked to pursue new quality initiative
The government and several industry groups are asking nursing homes to voluntarily focus their efforts on three quality and performance measures.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and several industry groups on Friday kicked off a participation drive for the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign. The program wants nursing homes to improve on three of eight measures they choose.
The measures in play are: reducing high-risk pressure ulcers; cutting use of physical restraints; improving pain management for short- and long-term residents; setting specific targets for quality improvement; assessing resident and family satisfaction; increasing staff retention; and making staff assignments more consistent. The program would track participants' progress but not publicly disclose individual providers' data.