Advancing Excellence campaign receives major grant from Commonwealth Fund

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The Commonwealth Fund has awarded a $474,000 grant to the steering committee of the Advancing Excellence campaign, a two-year campaign that aims to improve care in the nation's nursing homes.

The grant was given "to enhance the Campaign's capacity to lead quality improvement efforts, reach out to nursing homes that have not yet joined, and maintain progress toward meeting improvement targets," according to the announcement.

So far, more than 7,000 nursing homes have enrolled in the Advancing Excellence for America's Nursing Home Campaign program. It requires nursing homes to work on at least three of eight measurable quality goals. These include reducing pressures ulcers, cutting the use of restraints, setting individual targets for clinical quality improvement, and measuring resident and/or family satisfaction and incorporating this information to quality improvement activities.

For more on the program, go to http://www.nhqualitycampaign.org.