Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center Recognized For Improving Quality Care

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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced that nationwide, more than 7,400 long term and post-acute care organizations have achieved one or more of AHCA/NCAL’s Quality Initiative’s four goals. Among the achievers are 7,436 skilled nursing care centers and 298 assisted living communities, 151 of which achieved the distinction of accomplishing all four goals. This announcement comes as part of the association’s Quality Initiative Recognition Program.

QI Recognize“The organizations we are recognizing include, Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center, Seward, NE; the Manor at Elfindale, Springfield, MO, (the first and only Missouri Facility to receive this recognition), and David Place, David City, NE have demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the lives of the individuals they serve,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We continue to see significant progress in achieving the Quality Initiative goals because of the hard work of our members. I applaud all of them.”

The Quality Initiative Recognition Program recognizes AHCA and NCAL members that have achieved one or more of its four Quality Initiative goals. AHCA goals for skilled nursing care members are safely reduce hospital readmissions within 30 days during a skilled nursing stay by 15 percent; increase staff stability by reducing nursing staff turnover by 15 percent; increase customer satisfaction by having 90 percent of residents and families willing to recommend their center to others; and safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics by 15 percent. NCAL goals for assisted living members are safely reduce hospital readmissions by 15 percent; increase staff stability by maintaining nursing staff turnover below 30 percent; increase customer satisfaction to 90 percent; and safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics by 15 percent.

Organizations that met these goals were identified using data from outside sources on readmissions and antipsychotic use. National surveys were used to collect staff turnover and customer satisfaction data directly from members.

“Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center, Seward; The Manor at Elfindale, Springfield, MO, and David Place, David City, NE are helping to shine a spotlight on the progress being made by providers of long term and post-acute services nationwide,” said David Gifford, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at AHCA/NCAL. “They have devoted themselves to changing practice to achieve these goals and exemplified what the Quality Initiative is ultimately about – improving the lives of the individuals we serve.”

The Recognition Program is a tiered approach. As members achieve more goals, they earn greater recognition. In this second year of the program, Tier I (one goal achievers) totaled 3,871 members; Tier II, 2,899 members; and Tier III, 809 members.

At the Tier IV level, 151 AHCA and 4 NCAL member organizations achieved all four goals of the Quality Initiative. Ridgewood Rehabilitation & Care Center in Seward, NE, The Manor at Elfindale, the Springfield MO, and David Place, David City NE. were 3 of the 151.

All Quality Initiative Recognition Program achievers will be honored at the association’s upcoming Quality Symposium, taking place February 23-25, 2015, in Austin, Texas.

Please visit qualityinitiative.ahcancal.org for more information about the AHCA Quality Initiative, and qualityinitiative.ncal.org for the NCAL Quality Initiative. For a complete list of the Recognition Program’s four- and three-goal achievers, please visit http://bit.ly/ZVfrqU for nursing centers and http://bit.ly/1rIe8cA for assisted living communities.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental 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.