Friday, March 16, 2012

Ahead of the Quality Curve

NCAL Executive Director Dave Kyllo joins stakeholders to kick
off the Advanced Standing Program.
Already this year, several care providers have rolled up their sleeves and taken their quality efforts to the next level. As part of AHCA/NCAL’s Quality Initiative, we’ll be sharing their stories and celebrating their achievements throughout the year. This week we’re looking at why New Jersey stands out from the rest when it comes to implementing quality goals in a way that’s a win-win for assisted living residents and providers.

The Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ) Foundation is teaming up with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to create a new quality designation for assisted living communities. The Advanced Standing Program identifies and recognizes communities that meet compliance regulations and have high-quality standards in place, which will include quality benchmarks from NCAL’s Performance Measures report. Communities must use and maintain the standards to earn the designation.

What makes this program unique? For providers, officials say it’s the first time a state has integrated oversight responsibilities with quality measures, and this encourages everyone to strive for excellence. For consumers, the program incorporates quality data for measurable results and lists Advanced Standing communities on DHSS and HCANJ websites, as a tool that consumers can use when choosing a residence for their loved one.

AHCA/NCAL members can read more about New Jersey’s Advanced Standing Program in the March issue of NCAL Focus. And if you have a quality story to share, log onto our Quality Initiative website and tell us about it.

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