Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Quality Initiative Begins Next Phase with Expanded Goals



On May 7, AHCA announced the expansion of our nationwide, multi-year initiative to improve quality care in skilled nursing care centers. Building on the progress achieved by the profession over the last three years, the next phase of the initiative includes eight measurable targets with a strategic focus in three goal areas: improvements in organizational success; short-stay/post-acute care; and long-term/dementia care.  The goals of this phase of the initiative are closely aligned with those of policy makers who shape the environment in which our members operate.  Addressing these goal areas will position members for better results on metrics that will be increasingly important not only to the quality of care for residents and patients, but also for business success as quality is increasingly linked with payment models.

So what’s the next step for you, our members working to advance quality in your centers on a daily basis?  We encourage you to review the resources available to you at qualityinitiative.ahcancal.org.  Your first stop should be the Getting Started Guide, which provides a quick overview of the goals and outlines a number of steps you can take to ensure you are making steady progress and achieving measurable results.  

We are proud of the work our members have done!  Since the launch of the Quality Initiative in 2012, you have achieved reductions in the use of antipsychotics and in hospital readmissions. Specifically, member organizations safely reduced the off-label use of antipsychotic medications by 21.2 percent compared to the national average of 19.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. As a result, 33,100 individuals are no longer receiving these medications. For hospital readmissions, AHCA members successfully prevented 40,424 individuals from returning to the hospital — a 14.2 percent reduction since 2011. 

We urge you to build on these successes and continue to ensure the best possible results for the people you serve on a daily basis!

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