American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living Announce Quality Improvement Goals for Nursing Providers

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) issued quality improvement goals for skilled nursing providers in long term and post-acute care. The goals, aligned with the priorities of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and federal mandates, were identified to improve care delivery during the next three years. According to reports: The goals outlined by the AHCA and NCAL include: –Safely reduce long- and short-stay hospitalizations by improving 10 percent—or maintain a rate of 10 percent or less; –Improve functional outcomes (self-care and mobility) by 15 percent; –Improve long- and short-stay satisfaction by 10 percent—or achieve a rate of 90 percent or greater; and –Safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics by 10 percent—or maintain a rate of 8 percent or less in long-stay residents and a rate of 1 percent or less in short-stay.   Appropriately,…

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