• 2012 CMS Nursing Home Action Plan

    Wednesday September 5, 2012
    On August 28, 2012 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan. The plan is organized into 5 actionable strategies:
    1. Enhance Consumer Engagement.
    2. Strengthen Survey Processes, Standards, and Enforcement.
    3. Promote Quality Improvement.
    4. Create Strategic Approaches through Partnerships.
    5. Advancing Quality through Innovation and Demonstration. 
    Details include planned updates to Nursing Home Compare, improving fire safety, revising surveyor guidance, QIS, civil money penalties, culture change activities, QAPI, Care Transitions, Health Facility Acquired Infections (HAIs), and initiatives for reducing re-hospitalizations and use of anti-psychotics.  The plan is based on a 3-part plan created by the agency to improve the U.S. health care system:
    1. Improving the individual experience of care.
    2. Improving the health of populations.
    3. Reducing the per-capita cost of care of populations.
    Complete 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan: 2012-Nursing-Home-Action-Plan
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