Sunday, December 17, 2017

AHCA Quality Initiative Progress is Nationwide

Kiran Sreenivas, MS, CPHQ

At the end of November, AHCA/NCAL announced the achievers of the 2017 Quality Initiative Recognition Program (QIRP). For a skilled nursing facility to be recognized, it had to achieve four or more of the Quality Initiative goals as of Oct. 13, 2017. There were 1,509 members (16%) who met this threshold. If we map where these achievers are located, we see they are quite evenly spread out across the nation.

As you can see in the figure below, the vast majority of states have between 10 to 20 percent of its members as QIRP achievers. Georgia leads the way at 38 percent and Alabama is within the top five at 28 percent.

Because the AHCA Quality Initiative includes goals that depend on care transitions and proper follow-up, such as reduced rehospitalizations and increased safe discharge to the community, broader health factors, like access to primary care that can exacerbate chronic conditions, are potential barriers that need to be addressed to succeed. Based on the distribution of QIRP recipients, AHCA members are improving the care and lives of the people they serve regardless of underlying health factors that may exist.

For more information on latest results on the Quality Initiative, check out this progress snapshot.


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