Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 AHCA Quality Report Now Available!

This month, AHCA released its 2013 Quality Report. The annual report found that many measurable aspects of quality care, such as direct care hours and national quality ratings, are improving over time, and providers continue to care for more individuals with high levels of dependence. The 2013 AHCA Quality Report identifies important quality trends in long term and post-acute care, including:
  • From 2008 to 2013, direct care nursing hours per resident day have increased at all levels of nursing staff.
  • Centers receiving an overall rating of four or five stars on the CMS Five Star rating system has steadily increased to 46.9 percent. From 2009 to 2013, the proportion of skilled nursing care centers receiving five stars has increased from 11.8 percent to 19.6 percent.
  • Nearly all (95.2 percent) of Medicare admissions to skilled nursing care centers require assistance with four or five activities of daily living and 61.1 percent of long-stay residents have dementia.
  • AHCA members have made measurable progress in reaching goals outlined in the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. In the first 12 months of the program, AHCA members prevented unnecessary rehospitalizations for more than 17,000 individuals and reduced off-label use of antipsychotics for 11,350 individuals.
To read the press release, view the full report and download the one-page highlights, please visit qualityreport.ahcancal.org.

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