Wednesday, December 4, 2013

AHCA Members 2% Away from Antipsychotic Goal!

By AHCA's Quality Initiative

The data is in for the second quarter of 2013, and AHCA members are once again demonstrating their steadfast commitment to the Quality Initiative goals. the area of antipsychotics, AHCA members are surpassing the entire nation in both the percentage of residents currently using antipsychotics and the rate at which use has declined. Nationwide, 20.9% of long-stay residents are using antipsychotics, compared to 20.7% in AHCA member centers. Since the end of 2011, the country’s skilled nursing centers have reduced antipsychotic use by 11.4%, while AHCA members have reduced its use by 13.0%, just 2% points shy of the Quality Initiative’s 15% reduction goal.

The deadline to achieve this 15% reduction is fast approaching (end of December 2013), but AHCA members appear to well on their way to reaching it. Their progress means improving the lives of an estimated 19,600 individuals who are no longer receiving these medications in AHCA centers. And 3,660 members (almost 47% members reporting data) have already achieved the Quality Initiative’s 15% reduction goal.

Download AHCA’s antipsychotic progress report to get all the info. Every nursing center’s antipsychotic rates are reported publicly on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website.

Looking to further improve? AHCA has a vast array of educational materials and resources to help members address antipsychotic use in their centers on the Quality Initiative’s antipsychotic webpage.
With 30-day hospital readmissions, AHCA members are right on par with the nation. Centers across the country, as well as AHCA members have reduced readmissions by 3.3% since the end of 2011. And AHCA members have only a slightly higher readmission rate (17.7% of patients readmitted within 30 days of skilled nursing stay) than the national average (17.6%).

Almost one-third of AHCA members - or 2,128 centers - have already achieved our 3-year goal to reduce readmissions by 15%. Members have also averted sending about 24,500 patients back to the hospital, saving the entire health care system roughly $250 million.

Download AHCA’s hospital readmissions progress report for more data from the second quarter of 2013. AHCA members may access their risk-adjusted readmission rates through the association’s free, online resource LTC Trend Tracker.

Skilled nursing centers can continue to improve in this area by accessing resources through the Quality Initiative’s hospital readmissions webpage.

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