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August 13, 2013

Families for Better Care Releases State-By-State Review on Nursing Home Care

CBS News recently highlighted a new report from Families for Better Care that shows which states do a good job of caring for seniors and which fail to ensure that they won't be neglected or abused.  Families for Better Care, a nonprofit elder advocacy group, released the first comprehensive state-by-state review of nursing home care.  It ranks and grades states based on 2012 federal data combining staffing, inspections, deficiencies and complaints.  Eleven states received failing grades: Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Nevada, Illinois and Iowa. 

Families for Better Care Executive Director Brian Lee spoke to CBS News about the study: "You've got to be able to have a good vetting process to be able to determine which people, the caregivers, are going to treat the residents with dignity and respect.  You've got to hire the right people. State officials need to hold nursing homes accountable. And nursing homes need to hold themselves accountable and step up and start providing better care."  For more information, read the article on CBS News.

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Webinar on Workforce Development in Participant-Directed Models

The final session in National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center's summer webinar series is on Wednesday, August 28th.  "Workforce Development in Participant-Directed Models: Supporting Workers and Family Caregivers in Participant-Directed Programs" will focus on different opportunities and methods states can use to develop their workforce.  Connecticut, Washington State and Tennessee will be discussing their training programs, recruitment stategies, a new matching services registry, and managed care contract provisions all related to participant direction models.

Workforce Development in Participant-Directed Models: Supporting Workers and Family Caregivers in Participant-Directed Programs
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
3:00pm EST

Register now.

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Update on CMS Progress Tracking of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

CMS is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported measures.  The Partnership is commited to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes.  The offical measure of the Partnership is the percent of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents dagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease or Tourette's Syndrome.  In a quarterly trend update, CMS stated that there has been a 9% decrease from 2011Q4 to 2013Q1 in long-stay nursing home residents receiving an antipyschotic medication.  Success has varied by state and CMS region, with some states and regions having seen a reduction of greater than 10%.

A three-quarter measure is posted on the Nursing Home Compare website.  The long-stay measure on Nursing Home Compare shows each facility's score averaged over the last three quarters in order to give consumers information on the past history of each facility.

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