Tag: quality

New proposed rule looks to strengthen long-term care ombudsman program

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has posted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making that puts forward changes designed to strengthen and clarify how Long-Term Care Ombudsmen (LTCO) implement their programs. LTCO programs resolve problems and advocates for the rights of individuals residing in nursing facilities, assisted living, board and care, and other similar adult […]

CMS releases new QAPI resources

On June 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo sent to state survey agency directors that announced the rollout of introductory materials to help nursing homes establish a foundation to implement and sustain the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) transition. The introductory materials include: QAPI at a Glance: A […]

QAPI is coming: Is your facility preparing for its arrival?

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been working to address a specific provision-Section 6012(c)-that requires it to establish standards for a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program in nursing homes, as well as provide technical assistance to help nursing homes comply with those […]

FDA warns of potential infection risks tied to mattresses

In an April notice, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care providers, health care facility staff, and caregivers that damaged or worn covers for medical bed mattresses can allow blood and body fluids to penetrate medical bed mattresses, posing a risk of infection to patients. The FDA is providing recommendations for reducing […]

AHCA issues 2012 Annual Quality Report

The American Health Care Association (AHCA)  issued its annual Quality Report, which informs members, policymakers, and the public on advancements in quality care that stem from the more than 11,000 member facilities nationwide. “Improving Lives by Delivering Solutions for Quality Care” is the stated AHCA mission. In partnership with the National Center for Assisted Living, […]