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Third-party validation a necessity in Five Star system

Third-party validation a necessity in Five Star system

The attention given to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five Star Quality Rating System over the last few weeks by the New York Times, Forbes, and elected officials serves to highlight the importance of other indicators of a nursing home's quality.

Kramer: 'Go where the money is in preventing readmissions'

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To reduce preventable readmissions, a healthcare business strategy expert advised SNFs to follow the logic of the infamous Willie Sutton. "Go where the money is in preventing readmissions," said Andrew M. Kramer, MD, chief executive officer of Providigm.

MedPAC report shows providers making progress, quality contractor says

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's latest report to Congress was submitted Friday with previously known recommendations for payment levels. But largely lost among the 400-page report also was a body of research indicating that long-term care providers are showing progress in quality improvement activities, said a prominent quality researcher.

When it comes to quality care, stop looking for your fairy godmother

When it comes to quality care, stop looking for your fairy godmother

Providers must look within their own staff and to external resources to improve care. Given the tools, resources, education and opportunity to participate, I've learned employees want to do a good job and provide great care.