Nursing Home Quality Report Released Today

Nearly four out of five nursing home patients were there for short-term rehab assignments, the gang over at the American Health Care Association said Tuesday.

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is talking quality today in a conference call, and here’s a sneak peak at some of the findings:

  • In 2009, 3.7 million people received care in a nursing facility; only 23 percent of them were there for at least a year, while the remaining patients were there for short-term rehab;
  • Nationwide, the quality performance measures of skilled nursing homes has leapt from 12 to 15 over the last five years;
  • The biggest improvement has come in post-acute care settings, which have cut pressure ulcers by 29 percent and improved care for pain by 12 percent; and
  • For those long-terms, the use of restraints has fallen by 56 percent.

Some of AHCA’s leaders—Gov. Mark Parkinson, president & chief executive officer, Neil Pruitt, Jr, chair of the Board of Governors, and David Gifford, MD, vice president, quality and regulatory affairs—will be on the line today at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss their findings.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Pruitt says that the trend toward short-term rehab means that policy makers should probably be thinking about a “site-neutral payment” system that focuses on outcomes, not volumes.

And Parkinson said he’s worried that the federal government will cut more muscle than fat as the fiscal cliff approaches: “There just becomes a tipping point where it just becomes impossible” to delivering quality care, Parkinson said, adding that he hopes “that the Congress and the President will be very deliberate as they look to our funding.”

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