Article by McKnights, Long-term Care News

“The federal government launched a new initiative on Tuesday, aiming to help nursing homes leaders better address patient safety issues in their facilities.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials yesterday announced the planned release of a series of offerings they hope may help providers improve resident care. Those would range from tools for assessing the competency of staffers, to instructional guides, training webinars and technical assistance seminars. Offerings in the three-year initiative would be paid for through civil monetary penalties collected from providers.

“We are pleased to offer nursing home staff practical tools and assistance to improve resident care,” Administrator Seema Verma said in the announcement.

Typically, fines under the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program are collected and returned to states to fund local projects that benefit nursing home residents. CMS also retains a portion of those proceeds for similar national initiatives. With this new endeavor, the agency said it plans to collaborate with industry experts to launch an ongoing series of toolkits to help improve care delivery and residents’ quality of life.”

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