Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Quality Initiative: A Business Strategy for Success




Holly Harmon, RN, MBA,LNHA

The AHCA Quality Initiative is a business strategy for long-term and post-acute care. Its goals position members for success in a changing world where quality and payment are becoming one and patient and resident outcomes determine business success. The Initiative challenges member organizations to use systems-based performance improvement approaches to meet measurable targets in eight areas with a focus on three important priorities: improvements in organizational success, short-stay/post-acute care, and long-term/dementia care.

Members who work to achieve these goals now will be better positioned for success in upcoming Five-Star changes, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act, and the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program.

Progress
On May 25, AHCA announced that half of its skilled nursing center members have reached or surpassed the nationwide goal in reducing antipsychotic usage by at least 30%, seven months ahead of the December 2016 deadline. As a result, the overall decline in antipsychotic use in AHCA member centers is 30.4%, which represents a faster rate of reduction than non-members at a 25%.

In addition to safely reducing the use of off-label antipsychotics, members have also made measurable improvements in several other priority areas. Click here for a snapshot of that progress.

Resources
AHCA has a number of resources to assist members with using the Quality Initiative as a business strategy for success. Key tools and resources include:

Baldrige Fact Sheet
Baldrige Overview Webinar
LTC Trend Tracker(SM)
And, a NEW 8-part webcast series on ahcancalED starting on July 27 (read more here) The Association commends its members for the measurable improvements seen to date. Keep up the quality improvement journey and be sure to share your story here!

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