CMS plans all-out attack on poor-quality care.
* improving and intensifying state survey agencies' investigation of resident/family complaints
* aiding state survey agencies to better identify and correct nursing homes' "past noncompliance" situations
* sponsoring a national conference on the issues of employee background checks and prevention of resident abuse and neglect
* building on Quality Improvement Organizations' early successes in nursing home quality improvement, including a three-year contract with QIOs, starting in August, focusing on statewide improvements in pressure ulcers, physical restraints, pain management, and depression, as well as identifying and working with nursing homes in particular need of assistance
* requiring smoke detectors in nursing homes that don't have sprinkler systems
According to CMS, within the state survey category alone, more than 18 performance improvement initiatives will be undertaken this year.
--Richard L. Peck, Editor-in-Chief
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|Title Annotation:||Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services|
|Author:||Peck, Richard L.|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2005|
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