Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 

The AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative is an effort that builds upon existing work in the long term and post-acute care field by setting specific, measurable targets to further improve quality of care in America’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities. AHCA/CAHF members are encouraged to reach defined, concrete goals over the next three years, in four core areas.

Safely Reduce the Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics: By December 2013, reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs by 15 percent. Learn more

California achieved this goal in Q3, 2013.

Safely Reduce Hospital Readmissions: By March 2015, reduce the number of hospital readmissions within 30 days during a SNF stay by 15 percent. Learn more.

Increase Staff Stability: By March 2015, reduce turnover among nursing staff (RN, LPN/LVN, CNA) by 15 percent. Learn more.

Increase Customer Satisfaction: By March 2015, increase the number of customers who would recommend the facility to others up to 90 percent. Learn more.

Eight California Nursing Centers achieved all four goals within a one year time frame.  More

Quality Initiative in California

A Message from CAHF CEO/President Jim Gomez to our members:

"As a participant in the American Health Care Association’s Quality Initiative, you are taking on an important challenge to improve the quality of life and quality of care for the 300,000 residents we serve each year in California.

This effort will take time, education and coordination among physicians and medical directors, pharmacists, nurses, nursing assistants, residents and families.

As you are aware, post-acute and long-term care is undergoing continual change to align with new regulations as well as advances in treatments and new approaches. In the wake of that activity, we must remain vigilant in seeking new pathways to improve the quality of care and quality of life for our residents.

Thank you for your participation."

PRIORITY: REDUCE ANTIPSYCHOTIC USE

Target: By December 31, 2013, reduce the unnecessary use of off-label antipsychotics by 15 percent. 

In May, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a "Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes,” a public – private partnership to ensure appropriate care and use of off-label antipsychotic medication for nursing home patients.

This initiative is being promoted in California by a coalition of interested stakeholders including CAHF, California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification, CMS Region IX, California Association of Long-Term Care Medicine, Health Services Advisory Group and others who are working together to plan strategies and share resources under the direction of the California Culture Change Coalition.

CAHF is excited and encouraged by CMS’ call to facilitate the formation of a partnership in California to reduce the unnecessary use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes.

In 2005, when CMS issued a goal to reduce the rate of physical restraints, California's restraint rate dropped from 16% to 5%, demonstrating that we can make significant strides when we work together.

CAHF encourages all California facilities to participate in the focused effort to reduce off-label use of antipsychotic medications in long-term care.

Join the Quality Initiative Campaign

 
CAHF Members: Sign up to receive your free campaign packet, including a window decal.



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