June 2013
Delivered to you courtesy of the FHCA Quality Foundation
In This Issue
Quality at Work
Telegram from Uncle Sam
Facility opens doors to national research project on prevention of infections in nursing homes
There's an App for that!
Seniors shine in Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant
Late at Night, in Rehab, My Anxious Mom, & "A Woman Named Wendy”
Florida tops nation in Quality Award recognition
Tracking Trends
Is it dementia, mental illness or just plain bullying?
AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
News You Can Use
QAPI offers data-driven, proactive approach to improving the quality of life, care and services
Resource guide for dementia care
National conference makes culture change resources available
Critical questions - just how prepared are you for a hurricane?
Nurse leaders honored for excellence in care delivery
FHCA members earn national recognition for advocacy efforts
Celebrating caregivers on the frontline
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FHCA Quality Foundation
The FHCA Quality Foundation promotes mentorship and collaboration among long term care providers and stakeholders through a shared commitment to communicate best practices, share resources, promote educational activities and advocate for continuous quality improvement. The Foundation offers scholarships to assist long term care employees in meeting their continued educational goals. In addition, the Foundation hosts an annual awards program recognizing leadership in nursing and quality performance. For more information about the FHCA Quality Foundation, visit the FHCA Web site.
Upcoming Events
•  FHCA 2013 Annual Conference & Trade Show: August 4-8, 2013 at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood
•  FHCA RAI-MDS 3.0 Intensive Certificate Training: September 17-19, 2013 at Lakeside Nursing and Rehab in Jacksonville
•  FHCA Regional Education Seminars: October 1-4, 2013 in Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale

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Tracking Trends
AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative

American Health Care Association (AHCA) has launched the Quality Initiative Recognition Program, which is designed to recognize AHCA nursing facility members that demonstrate the attainment of one or more of the four AHCA Quality Initiative goals:

•Safely Reduce Hospital Readmissions by 15%
•Increase Staff Stability by 15%
•Increase Customer Satisfaction to 90%
•Safely Reduce the Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics by 15%  

AHCA's Quality Initiative is an effort that builds upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care field by setting specific, measurable targets to further improve quality of care in America’s skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities. The Quality Initiative Recognition Program will take a tiered-approach, where member facilities will increase their recognition as they accomplish multiple Quality Initiative goals. Nursing facilities that reach any of the tiers will be honored at AHCA/NCAL's 2014 Quality Symposium in New Orleans, LA.

All necessary data submissions for staff stability and satisfaction measures must be received by AHCA by Monday, July 15, 2013. Hospital readmission and antipsychotic data does not need to be submitted by facilities; it will be analyzed via MDS data.

For more information about The Quality Initiative Recognition Program, click here.

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