Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Membership Advantage in the AHCA Quality Initiative

Kiran Sreenivas

The AHCA Quality Initiative is able to use publicly reported measures to compare the success of members to non-members. As opposed to self-reported measures, publicly reported measures reduce the possibility of bias when gauging results and allow us to measure progress on a larger population than we could otherwise.

With that said, 62 percent of skilled nursing centers in the nation are AHCA members. Looking at the comparison of members and non-members that meet the AHCA Quality Initiative goals for hospitalization and off-label antipsychotics, a higher proportion of members meet the goals compared to non-members. (See Figures below)

Currently, the AHCA Quality Initiative uses public measures from Nursing Home Compare and AHCA’s Research Department for the hospitalization and antipsychotic goals, and AHCA is working on releasing nationwide public measures for functional outcomes in the near future.

AHCA is committed to helping members improve lives by delivering solutions for quality care. Expect this to continue in 2019 through additional ahcancalED courses, enhancements to LTC Trend Tracker, and dynamic meetings, like the upcoming Quality Summit on March 18-20, 2019 in Tampa, FL.

Source: Nursing Home Compare and LTC Trend Tracker

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