Article by Marty Stempniak, McKnight’s Long Term Care

“The federal government on Wednesday released new data on the quality of care delivered in skilled nursing facilities, ratcheting up pressure on providers to improve outcomes.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid officials added five brand new quality-related measures to Nursing Home Compare.

Transparency of outcomes “continues to intensify,” with this posting of the inaugural SNF Quality Reporting Program measures, said Amy Stewart, RN, curriculum development specialist with the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services.

She encouraged nursing homes to check their scores on the five newly published SNF measures as soon as possible to know what the potential clients are seeing, and be ready to discuss their results. Scores will be of more interest than ever before to hospitals and other healthcare entities looking to partner with SNFs.”

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