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What's New | April 09, 2014

Policy Innovations in Long-Term Care Policy Innovations in Long-Term Care
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 58,000 paid, regulated long-term care (LTC) providers delivered services to approximately 8 million people in the United States in 2012. Policymakers and health care organizations are using innovative approaches and policies to promote quality improvement and enhance care for residents of long-term care facilities.

The featured policy Innovations describe two programs designed to improve the quality of care in LTC facilities—a health system’s initiative to transition vaccination-related policies and processes for LTC facilities to a regional pharmacy, leading to increased influenza vaccination rates among workers; and a State program that used financial incentives to fund nursing home quality improvement projects through a competitive bidding process.

The featured QualityTools include a guide to LTC options for veterans, a toolkit to help LTC facilities enhance the quality of care for elderly residents with Alzheimer’s disease, and a manual for embedding quality improvement strategies in nursing homes.
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Featured QualityTools:

 Guide to Long Term Care for Veterans
Developed by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 Improving Outcomes for an Aging Population: Alzheimer's Treatment in Long-Term Care
Developed by Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL); Indiana University School of Medicine

 On-Time Quality Improvement Manual for Long-Term Care Facilities
Developed by Health Management Strategies, Inc.; International Severity Information Systems, Inc.

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