CMS official honored for work with nursing homes

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Karen Schoeneman, deputy director of the Division of Nursing Homes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has received the 2010 Picker Institute Award for Excellence.

Schoeneman was recognized for her continuing efforts to bring the culture change movement to nursing homes in the United States. She has worked for CMS for 20 years, and helped launch the culture change movement in 1997, according to a CMS statement. Schoeneman also helped found the Pioneer Network, which advocates for culture change in long-term care.

The Picker Institute award recognizes individuals who have spent their lives improving the lives of people in long-term care. The nonprofit institute sponsors research into improving the quality of life for people in institutions.