A new federal report delves into the first steps nursing home leaders can take to avoid preventable harm to their residents.
The National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign is hosting a Jan. 24 webinar with experts to explore some of those strategies in this “change package” of recommendations. The 60-page resource from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was released late last year and created with the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center.
One-third of Medicare beneficiaries experienced temporary harm or adverse events during a SNF stay, and about 60% of those instances were preventable, according to previous reports from the HHS Office of the Inspector General.
“There is no single, magic bullet to prevent all causes of harm to residents, and therefore, the change package covers a wide range of strategies and actions to promote resident safety,” report authors stated.
The report includes a two-page appendix with six strategies SNFs can pursue to get started, including shoring up staffing, identifying gaps in care, and promoting multidisciplinary team work.