Association honors more than 1,575 facilities for achievements in quality
Washington, D.C. — Today, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recognized more than 1,575 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities nationwide through the organization’s Quality Initiative Recognition Program, which honors member facilities for their individual work in achieving AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals. The 1,509 skilled nursing center achievers attained four or more of the eight outlined AHCA goals, and the 66 assisted living community achievers attained two or more of the four outlined NCAL goals.
“Improving quality care as a profession requires dedication from many organizations,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “The program provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the progress that our members have made by achieving the Quality Initiative goals and improving care for individuals living in their communities. I commend their hard work.”
In 2012, the Association launched the Quality Initiative as a national effort to build upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care profession. The initiative aims to further improve quality of care in skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities by challenging members with specific, measurable targets.
“This achievement overall represents not only improvement on a set of quality measures in these centers but also significant improvements in outcomes among the elderly they serve, such as fewer hospitalizations, more discharges back to the community and stopping the use of antipsychotics that can be harmful,” said Dr. David Gifford, AHCA/NCAL Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs. “We applaud these organizations for making a difference in the lives of their patients and residents.”
AHCA members have since made progress on a number of goals, notably, by achieving significant reductions in the use of antipsychotics and in hospital readmissions. Today, more than half of AHCA members nationwide have safely reduced the off-label use of antipsychotics by at least 30 percent, and 22 percent of AHCA members have reduced hospital readmissions by 30 percent.
A full list of achievers is available on the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative Recognition Program website here and here. Program achievers will be recognized at the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit in New Orleans, March 12-14, 2018.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,500 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development 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.