Long Term, Post-Acute Care Profession Partners with Brown University to Research Quality of Care
Washington, DC – Through a new partnership with Brown University, the long term and post-acute care profession is launching an effort to continue finding innovative ways to improve quality of care in skilled nursing centers across the country. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today formally announced their partnership with the Brown University School of Public Health to create the Long Term Care Quality and Innovation Center.
While the Center will have several objectives, one of the most critical is to research and test best practices that improve quality in long term and post-acute care. The Center is charged with translating those best practices into real-world training and leadership programs that staff in skilled nursing centers across the country can use.
“Our profession is fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with a renowned academic and research institution to help develop and refine methods to improve quality in long term and post-acute care,” said Leonard Russ, Chairman of AHCA’s Board of Governors. “Quality is a top priority for providers. Through this center, we will disseminate valuable information that can help caregivers make real improvements in their centers.”
Much of the outreach efforts will initially focus on providers that are still striving to meet important quality milestones. The Center will aim to link providers with high performers and offer leadership programs within the profession.
“A major goal of our research and teaching is to improve the quality of care, and therefore the quality of life, for our nation’s elderly and post-acute populations,” said Vincent Mor, the Florence Pirce Grant Professor of Health Services Policy & Practice. “We look forward to working with AHCA and NCAL’s support to discover, evaluate, advance and apply practices that could benefit millions of people and their loved ones.”
The Center will be housed in the Centers for Gerontology and Healthcare Research (http://brown.edu/research/projects/gerontology-healthcare-research/) at Brown, where more than 20 faculty members and their students collaborate to study care for the elderly and chronically ill. Over the years their efforts have produced numerous nationally influential findings.
The new center will be governed by a five-person independent advisory board, with representation from the profession and Brown University.
To help launch the center, AHCA/NCAL has provided $1 million in initial funding. The Center will seek projects supported by government and private sector resources, with the goal of becoming self-sustaining over a period of three to five years.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.