The evolving landscape of Long Term Care

Members of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) recently announced a new three year initiative at the 4th Annual Quality Symposium in Houston, Texas. One of the most discussed topics was reducing re-hospitalization. Their findings showed that one in four persons that is admitted to a skilled nursing care center from a hospital is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Aside from costing government programs like Medicare billions of dollars, re-hospitalization has untold negative effects to the resident’s physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

The Goal: Reduce the number of hospital readmissions within 30 days during a skill nursing facility stay by 15 percent.

In order to achieve their goal, the AHCA and NCAL emphasize the importance of reducing hospital readmissions and utilizing tools, such as LTC Trend Tracker, which allows nursing homes the ability to track, organize, identify benchmark, examine and compare online business needs, and the AHCA/NCAL Quality award program, which provides a path for providers of LTC services to measure their efforts.

According to David Gifford, MD, senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs for AHCA – as quoted in a recent Provider article – the real challenge is not just about acknowledging the issues and providing the tools, “it’s about how these tools are implemented and used. This is where members need to work closely together and learn from each other.”

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