Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tools You Can Use: Achieve Quality Initiative Goals In Your Assisted Living Communities


15 Ways To Use AHCA/NCAL’s Consumer Fact Sheet On Antipsychotics:
Last year, AHCA/NCAL released a consumer fact sheet on the use of antipsychotic medications for residents living with dementia in skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities. The fact sheet supports the efforts of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative in which assisted living providers have a goal to safely reduce the off-label use of these medications by 15 percent by March 2015. Assisted living providers can use the fact sheet in more ways than one. The NCAL Customer Relations Committee has generated a list of ideas for providers to maximize the opportunities to share the information with a larger audience.

INTERACT for Assisted Living Released:
INTERACT for Assisted Living, a quality improvement program designed to reduce hospital readmissions among assisted living residents, is now publicly available. Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) was originally designed to improve the early identification, management, documentation and communication about acute changes in condition of skilled nursing center residents. The program has now expanded to include tools specifically targeted toward assisted living providers.

The National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living:

The National Patient Safety Organization (PSO) for Assisted Living is a collaboration between NCAL and the New Jersey Hospital Association’s PSO to collect clinical performance data from assisted living members.  The PSO collects data on all four Quality Initiative Goals and outcomes that directly impact the goals including falls, medication errors, pressure ulcers, and many more.  Visit the PSO website to learn more or sign up for the PSO.  

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