The state’s rock-bottom reimbursement rate is affecting staffing and care. And it also creates a barrier preventing nursing home operators from being able to invest in new programs and upgrade facilities, measures that can improve the quality of care provided. Its effect is further reflected in rankings that show Texas has more one-star-rated nursing homes than other states, based on staffing. As a result, care suffers.
One of the lowest reimbursement rates in the country is fueling high turnover rates and a workforce crisis in Texas nursing homes…
Skilled Nursing Care Centers
The new quality metrics for skilled nursing centers have been chosen carefully. First, they are all tied together and reinforce each other. Success in one area will lead to success in the others. Second, we have aligned all four goals with top priorities for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as well as Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), and with federal mandates that link financial outcomes to quality performance. The new targets are:
Learn more about the skilled nursing goals at qualityinitiative.ahcancal.org.
Assisted Living Communities
The Quality Initiative is also inspiring the state-based, assisted living profession to collect and report national quality data without a government mandate. Similar to the skilled nursing goals, all the assisted living goals work in tandem. The three-year goals for assisted living communities are:
Learn more about the assisted living goals at qualityinitiative.ncal.org.
2018 Observance Dates: May 13-19, 2018
Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967 and always beginning on Mother’s Day, National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW), formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, provides an opportunity to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
The 2018 NSNCW theme announced by AHCA, “Celebrating Life’s Stories”, serves as a tribute to life’s most significant events, relationships and experiences that shape the unique perspectives of residents, families, staff, and volunteers in long term and post-acute care. The full press release on the theme announcement can be accessed here.
From May 13-19, 2018, centers will be encouraged to collect individual narratives to cultivate a shared sense of purpose at the center and in the surrounding community.
Skilled nursing care centers and members of the public can now download the 2018 NSNCW toolkit, which includes promotional resources to help increase engagement and participation during the observance, on the left hand side of this webpage.
Additional promotional materials available include graphics and a one-page flyer, as well as a planning guide and product catalog focused on “Celebrating Life’s Stories”, which is available for download here. Skilled nursing care centers and members of the public may visit the AHCA store directly here to purchase 2018 products.
Please feel free to follow us on Facebook here and share activity ideas for the observance on social media with the hashtag, #NSNCW.
American Health Care Association (AHCA) is ready to help you meet the new Infection Preventionist specialized training requirement finalized by CMS in the Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. The course provides specialized training for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists. Through this Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their nursing facility.
The course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country.
AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) training content includes:
In addition, the training addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a nursing facilities Infection Prevention & Control program
The course is open to AHCA/NCAL members for $450 and non-members for $650. Group purchase with discount structure is available for groups of 25 or more. There are no refunds and no transfers.
Percentage of TX nursing facilities whose Medicaid reimbursement did not cover their allowable costs