Alliance members report Quality First progress

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Members of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care say their facilities have achieved better results than other non-Alliance facilities participating in the Quality First initiative.

Members of the Alliance, a coalition of 16 for-profit skilled nursing providers, have reduced their average deficiencies by 11% (to 6.90) between 2001 and 2005. That compares to non-Alliance facilities, which saw average deficiencies increase about 6% (to 6.29), according to a study commissioned by the Alliance.

The report, "Positive Momentum: Improving the quality of Nursing Home Care," includes data collected and compiled by researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and LTCQ, Inc., among others. The report also highlights data on several indicators including the use of restraints, pain management and resident mobility used to measure Alliance facilities' clinical quality.

In July 2002, the Alliance signed the "Quality First," pledge with other nursing home associations to improve the quality of care delivered in the nation's nursing homes.