Sunday, December 21, 2014
Delivering Quality Care in Skilled-Nursing Facilities
The delivery of quality care is the centerpiece of our profession – whether it’s providing critical and valuable services to medically fragile elders, the chronically or terminally ill, or those recovering from serious injury or surgery.

In spite of the ever-increasing acuity of patients who are discharged from hospitals into skilled nursing and rehabilitation, quality care is improving in California and trending in a positive direction.

Leading the Nation in Quality

Weight loss, pain, pressure ulcers.  These are just three of the 18 quality measures tracked quarterly by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Consumers seeking additional information about the level of care in an individual facility, should visit the CMS Nursing Home Compare website.

California providers have made steady improvement in the delivery of care and rank #1 and #2 nationally in several categories. You can see California's continuing progress compared to the rest of the nation HERE.

Living Options
For many, quality care means being able to stay at home as long as possible.

Consumers of long-term care have a range of options from a "social" model of care in home- and community-based settings - to a "medical" model for short-stay or long-term needs in a skilled nursing facility. Both are important elements of the long-term care continuum.

California is a leader in providing services in the community, while preserving the availability of care for the most medically challenged residents.  Read more

about national efforts to improve quality in four key areas, how California providers can take part and which providers are taking the lead.

Making News
The Picker Institute's Long-Term Care Improvement Guide offers the latest research in the field of patient-centered care. Read the report

Quality assessment and assurance goals are reviewed and revised in this California case study. Provider Magazine
Recognizing Quality

See which CAHF members have received the prestigious National Quality Awards.

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