American Health Care Association (AHCA) Expands Quality Initiative

AHCA announced this week that it is expanding its nationwide, multi-year initiative to improve quality and enhance patient outcomes in nursing care centers.

During the first three years of the AHCA Quality Initiative, member organizations began work to safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications and to reduce the number of residents returning to the hospital.  

The next phase of AHCA’s Quality Initiative builds on the success of the first three years and adds new areas of focus for quality enhancement.  The specific new quality goals are:

  • Decreasing nursing staff turnover by 15 percent or achieving turnover of less than 40 percent.
  • Ensuring that at least 25 percent of member companies measure and report patient and family satisfaction survey results.
  • Reducing the number of unintended health care outcomes.
  • Safely reducing the number of hospital admissions within 30 days following discharge by an additional 15 percent, or achieving a rate of 10 percent readmissions.
  • Increasing discharges of short-stay residents back to the community by 10 percent or achieving an overall rate of at least 70 percent.
  • Ensuring that at least 25 percent of member companies adopt measures for mobility and self-care of short-stay residents and report functional outcomes.
  • Reducing the off-label use of antipsychotics in long term nursing home residents by an additional 10 percent by December 2015 and 15 percent by December 2016.
  • Safely reducing hospitalizations among long-stay residents by 15 percent or achieving and maintaining an overall rate of 10 percent or less by March 2018.

To learn more about the expanded AHCA Quality Initiative, click here.

In addition, AHCA will conduct a webinar on Thursday, May 28 at 2:30 pm to provide more detailed information. Click here to register.