Skilled nursing providers recently were given new industry goals intended to improve care delivery during the next three years.

Facilities should reduce hospitalizations by 10%, improve functional outcomes by 15%, improve resident satisfaction by 10% and reduce off-label use of antipsychotics by 10%, advised the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

The association announced the new targets at its National Quality Summit in New Orleans in March.

The four new areas of focus build on an existing nationwide effort that has promoted quality over the last six years.

“Our members are the driving force behind the significant quality advancements our profession continues to make,” AHCA/ NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson said. “The next phase of the Quality Initiative sets the bar even higher.”

The skilled nursing goals are aligned with top priorities for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and federal mandates that link financial outcomes to quality performance.