Charleston, W.Va. – Five AMFM Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers have met all the requirements for a national, multi-year effort to further improve the quality of care in America’s long term and post-acute care centers. The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Quality Initiative program set measurable goals in key areas of care.
The AMFM centers to meet all four requirements of the program are Bridgeport Health Care Center, Fayette, McDowell, Summers and Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers. Only 14 centers in West Virginia met all four of the requirements
Those areas of care are to:
• Safely reduce long-stay and short stay hospitalizations.
• Improve long-stay and short-stay customer satisfaction by 10%.
• Improve functional outcomes (self-care and mobility) by 15%,
• Safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics by 10% or maintain a rate of 8% in long-stay patients and 1% in short-stay residents.
“This achievement represents progress on important quality measures that will positively impact the lives of residents,” said Dr. David Gifford, Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at AHCA/NCAL. “We applaud these organizations for their hard work and dedication to this significant quality improvement effort.”
Launched in 2012 by AHCA/NCAL, the Quality Initiative serves as a national effort to build upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care profession. The Initiative aims to further improve quality of care in skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities by challenging member facilities to meet measurable goals in areas such as hospital readmissions, off-label use of antipsychotics, and customer satisfaction.
“These five centers are way ahead of meeting these goals set as a top priority for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by the March 2021 deadline that challenges providers to achieve these quantitative results,” said AMFM Vice President of Compliance Tammy Jo Painter. “We are proud to improve care for our patients. Our commitment to quality care will continue.”
AMFM operates 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. Operating in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Greenbrier, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksburg & Bridgeport), Marshall, Taylor and Mercer counties.
AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”