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CMS plans all-out attack on poor-quality care.

2005 will see the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) moving to address nursing home quality on a broad front. The initiatives were announced in a recently published CMS action plan. For example, hard on the heels of new Quality Measures introduced in November focusing on weight loss and pressure ulcers, CMS says it is developing a staffing QM for introduction this year. CMS will also be working to significantly upgrade the staffing information nursing homes already submit to the Nursing Home Compare Web site. Other planned initiatives include:

* 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.
Publication:Nursing Homes
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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