Quality Improvement

The sweet irony of a nursing home report card

The sweet irony of a nursing home report card

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It's said that politics, among other things, makes for strange bedfellows. Add long-term care quality improvement efforts to the list.

Staff interaction habits are holding back nursing home quality improvement, researchers find

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Nursing homes can improve resident care and staff satisfaction by changing the usual way that workers interact with each other, suggests newly published research from investigators at a handful of academic institutions.

Ask the payment expert ... about quality of care and reimbursements

Ask the payment expert ... about quality of care and reimbursements

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Many states are at the forefront of pay for performance initiatives. These tie payment incentives to quality measurements and outcomes. These programs are encouraged by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' value-based purchasing "Pay for Performance" initiative.

Ask the nursing expert ... about QAPI implementation

Ask the nursing expert ... about QAPI implementation

There has been a lot of talk about QAPI. What is the director of nursing's role? Where should we start?

Providers should focus on quality indicators to cope with payment changes, executive advises

Providers should focus on quality indicators to cope with payment changes, executive advises

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Changing payment models and an impending budget debate in Congress will force nursing homes to do more with fewer resources, a top long-term care executive told McKnight's.

Assisted living group launches quality improvement initiative

Assisted living group launches quality improvement initiative

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A new quality initiative program unveiled Wednesday targets off-label use of antipsychotics, hospital readmissions and staff turnover in assisted living communities.

Managed care holds opportunities for SNF, experts say

Managed care holds opportunities for SNF, experts say

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As states expand enrollment in managed care plans, operators should focus on quality improvement, according to panelists at a National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry session.

Pilot program targets poor-performing nursing homes in four states

Troubled nursing homes in four states are getting some assistance from a pilot program funded by a grant from the Commonwealth Fund to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

New nurses feel ill-prepared to implement quality improvement measures, research finds

New nurses feel ill-prepared to implement quality improvement measures, research finds

A large number of new nurses feel "poorly" or "very poorly" prepared to implement quality improvement measures. More than 12% say they hadn't even heard of "quality improvement," according to a new report.