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CMS created the Five-Star (5 Star) Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. The Five-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users' Guide provides in-depth descriptions of the ratings and the methods used to calculate them. Updated July 2018.
TEP Summary Report Available: Development of Quality Measures for the Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences Domain - Transfer of Medication Profile
The technical expert panel (TEP) Meeting 4 summary report for the Development of Measures under the Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences domain is now available. This report summarizes proceedings from a follow-up cross-setting TEP meeting, which included in-depth discussion and input on the following topics:
· Revisions to the measure concept and measure specifications since the TEP last met
· The draft cross-setting Transfer of Medication Profile measures for Skilled Nursing Facilities, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies
· The items used to calculate the quality measure
· Importance and feasibility of Information to be included in the medication profile to meet the measure criteria
· Items collecting routes of transfer of the medication profile
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and NORC at The University of Chicago, created the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use to develop and implement a bundle of interventions designed to improve antibiotic stewardship and antibiotic prescribing practices across acute care, long-term care, and ambulatory care facilities across the United States.
National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Report
In 2011Q4, 23.9 percent of long-stay nursing home residents were receiving an antipsychotic medication; since then there has been a decrease of 36.6 percent to a national prevalence of 15.1 percent in 2017Q4. Success has varied by state and CMS region, with some states and regions having seen a reduction of greater than 40 percent.
Central nervous system medication burden and serious falls in older nursing home residents. Hanlon JT, Zhao X, Naples JG, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jun;65(6):1183-9. Epub 2017 Feb 2.
CNS medication burden, approximately 3 + standardized daily doses, was associated with an increased risk of serious falls in nursing home residents with recent fall. Clinicians should be vigilant for opportunities to discontinue or decrease the doses of individual CNS medications and/or consider non-pharmacological alternatives. Such interventions that reduce use of CNS medications in nursing homes could reduce fall rates but further research is needed to confirm this.
Clinical staff are incredibly busy completing the tasks that are expected of them every day. It seems there is never enough time to get everything done. As the demand for high-quality care continues to rise, nurse leaders will need to look to the research to identify evidence-based approaches to improving clinical outcomes, increasing customer satisfaction, and maximizing staff efficiency. These best practices are often generated in acute care settings but can be used in long-term care with great success.
One evidence-based approach that offers value for long-term care settings is hourly rounding. Hourly rounding is the process of ensuring that a resident is checked each hour by a member of staff to ensure he or she is safe, well positioned, and needs are met. Since the first study on hourly rounding was done, the practice has been implemented in numerous clinical settings, including long-term care, in the new-admission process and in programs for preventing falls, reducing call light use, and monitoring residents with changes in condition.
CMS has updated two resources with survey comparative data: QCOR and the Full Text of Statements of Deficiencies file.
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