Wednesday, December 6, 2017

AHCA/NCAL Recognizes Providers for Quality Improvement

Last month, AHCA/NCAL recognized more than 1,575 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities nationwide through the organization’s Quality Initiative Recognition Program, which honors member facilities for their individual work in achieving AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals. 

The 1,509 skilled nursing center achievers attained four or more of the eight outlined AHCA goals, and the 66 assisted living community achievers attained two or more of the four outlined NCAL goals.

Program achievers will be recognized at the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit in New Orleans, March 12-14, 2018

As a reminder, all achievers must RSVP for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative Recognition Program luncheon at the 2018 Quality Summit by January 31, 2018. Achievers can email qualityinitiative@AHCA.org to reserve a spot. 

In 2012, the Association launched the Quality Initiative as a national e­ffort to build upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care profession. The initiative aims to further improve quality of care in skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities by challenging members with specific, measurable targets.

AHCA members have since made progress on a number of goals, notably, by achieving significant reductions in the use of antipsychotics and in hospital readmissions. Today, more than half of AHCA members nationwide have safely reduced the off-label use of antipsychotics by at least 30 percent, and 22 percent of AHCA members have reduced hospital readmissions by 30 percent.

All skilled nursing center and assisted living community achievers can use resources available on both AHCA/NCAL Program websites including the template press release here and logos here to promote their accomplishments.

A full list of achievers is available on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative Recognition Program website here and here.

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