CMS announces start date for nursing home quality program

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A federal quality campaign from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will help nursing homes reduce the number of patient pressure ulcers, decrease the use of physical restraints and cut down on the prevalence of pain in all residents.

The two-year campaign will kick off Sept. 29 during a one-day nursing home quality summit at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, officials said this week.

The program, called Advancing Excellence for America's Nursing Home Residents, will encourage nursing homes to address satisfaction of residents and their families, to measure staff turnover and to achieve consistent assignment of nursing staff for nursing home patients, according to Paul E. McGann, of CMS's Office of Clinical Standards and Quality. The agency wants 90% of the nation's nursing homes to set quality improvement targets, he said. CMS will analyze and publish the results of the program, he added.