Tag: quality

Presence of ombudsman during surveys may negatively affect SNFs

Having an ombudsman on site during state surveys may lead to lower building quality scores for SNFs, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA). While JAMDA researchers note the importance of ombudsmen in a SNF as resident advocates, the study, entitled , “The […]

MedPAC encourages Medicare beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers

During the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) public meeting on Thursday, March 1, analyst Evan Christman reviewed options for modifying Medicare’s hospital discharge rules to encourage beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers. Christman pointed out that Medicare assigns responsibility for discharge planning to the hospital, and while part of this responsibility includes providing the beneficiary […]

Educate your residents for enhanced infection control

This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s infection control guide, Infection Control: How to Implement an Effective Approach for Long-Term Care, written by subject matter expert Brian Garavaglia, PhD, FACHCA. Adults bring a lifetime of experience to the learning situation, and most of them are capable of self-direction. They often relate the development of […]

CMS proposes patient-reported outcome measure for SNFs in 2018

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their List of Measures under Consideration (MUC) for 2018 pre-rule making. CMS officials capped the measures at 32, more than 100 shy of the 184 measures submitted for consideration by stakeholders during an open call for measures. Each year, CMS publishes a list of […]

Ask the expert: Why is it recommended that facilities remove alarms in phases, rather than cold turkey?

Listen in on Tuesday, November 14 as HCPro’s post-acute care regulatory specialist Stefanie Corbett, DHA dives into how to make the transition to an alarm-free facility without compromising resident safety, including how to utilize your QAPI programs to understand root causes for falls, regulatory guidance, and how to achieve culture change through alarm elimination. Click here to […]

Person-centered care improves resident satisfaction, according to large study

Between 2013 and 2015, researchers interviewed more than 11,000 residents living in Kansas nursing homes that promoted person-centered care practices. The interview questions were split up into four topics: quality of life, quality of care, quality of services, and global satisfaction subdomains. The study, published in The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, provides […]

Facilities with a full-time nurse providing direct care to residents may have better chance of reducing avoidable hospitalizations

CMS’ final evaluation report of phase one of their Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility (NF) Residents found that intervention sites with a full-time nurse at each facility providing direct care to residents had the strongest improvements in both cost and quality. These models demonstrated greater changes in facility culture, greater support for […]

Steps for creating an effective quality assurance program for senior living facilities

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s upcoming title, Disaster Planning, Environmental Safety, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for the Senior Living Community by Karen T. Stratoti, RN, BSN, LNHA, CALA. This resource is a cost-effective solution to improve safety and satisfaction in your facility, including staff training activities, sample policies and […]

OIG reports increase in immediate jeopardy and high priority complaints in nursing homes

In a recent report published by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency found that states received one-third more nursing home complaints in 2015 than in 2011, despite a decrease in occupancy. States prioritized more than half of complaints into the most serious categories—immediate jeopardy and high priority—which require onsite investigations within two or […]

Dementia care competencies: Creating a strong foundation

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from one of HCPro’s dementia titles, Serving Residents with Dementia: Transformative Care Strategies for Assisted Living Providers, written by Kerry C. Mills. A program for people with dementia cannot be thrown together overnight. Caring for a group of people who have different histories, tastes, interests, personalities, physical […]