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​Hospital readmissions not only have the potential for negative physical, emotional, and psychological impacts on individuals in skilled nursing care, but also cost the Medicare program billions of dollars.

Preventing these events whenever possible is always beneficial to residents and has been identified by policymakers and providers as an opportunity to reduce overall health care system costs through improvements in quality. The issue is a top priority for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and managed care programs. An example of this is the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, a CMS effort that links financial outcomes to quality performance that starts on October 1, 2018.   

Unique Residential Care Center

Washington, D.C.

Watch how Unique learned about the importance of tracking data to improve quality outcomes.

Unique Residential Care Center

Washington, D.C.

Unique went from sending 209 people to the hospital in 2009, to 114 in 2011. Learn more about the benefits they saw in implementing INTERACT.

Bayberry Commons - Pascoag, RI 

Learn about how Bayberry Commons improved its hospital readmissions through AHCA/NCAL’s Quality Award Program.   Read more here

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Progress will continue to be measured by using two National Quality Forum (NQF)-endorsed measures--PointRight® Pro 30™ and PointRight® Pro Long Stay™--available in AHCA’s members-only data collection and benchmarking tool, LTC Trend TrackerSM.
​DISCLAIMER: The AHCA/NCAL quality programs’ contents, including their goals and standards, represent some preferred practices, but do not represent minimum standards or expected norms for skilled nursing and/or assisted living providers. As always, the provider is responsible for making clinical decisions and providing care that is best for each individual person.