Kennett Square, PA (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Genesis HealthCare, one of the largest post-acute providers in the United States, today announced that 156 of its skilled nursing centers and senior living communities had earned Quality Initiative Goals set in place by the American Healthcare Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Quality Initiative Recognition Programs. 153 Genesis-operated skilled nursing center achievers attained four or more of the eight outlined AHCA goals, and three Genesis-operated senior living community achievers attained two or more of the four outlined NCAL goals.
“Improving quality care as a profession requires dedication from many organizations,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “The program provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the progress that our members have made by achieving the Quality Initiative goals and improving care for individuals living in their communities. I commend their hard work.”
In 2012, the Association launched the Quality Initiative 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 members with specific, measurable targets.
“This achievement overall represents not only improvement on a set of quality measures in these centers but also significant improvements in outcomes among the seniors they serve, such as fewer hospitalizations, more discharges back to the community and stopping the use of antipsychotics that can be harmful,” said Dr. David Gifford, AHCA/NCAL Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs. “We applaud these organizations for making a difference in the lives of their patients and residents.”
“We are so proud of our 156 Genesis HealthCare locations that have achieved quality improvement recognition by AHCA,” states George V. Hager, Jr., Genesis HealthCare Chief Executive Officer. “Our dedicated caregivers strive to provide high-quality care to our patients and residents every day, and we are thrilled that their efforts are recognized in this national forum.”
AHCA members have since made progress on a number of goals, notably, by achieving significant reductions in the use of antipsychotics and in hospital readmissions. Today, more than half of AHCA members nationwide have safely reduced the off-label use of antipsychotics by at least 30 percent, and 22 percent of AHCA members have reduced hospital readmissions by 30 percent.
A full list of achievers is available on the AHCA Quality Initiative Recognition Program website: https://www.ahcancal.org/quality_improvement/qualityinitiative/Pages/RecognitionProgram.aspx and the NCAL Quality Initiative Recognition Program: https://www.ahcancal.org/ncal/quality/qualityinitiative/Pages/Recognition-Program.aspx
Genesis HealthCare is dedicated to improving the lives we touch through the delivery of high-quality healthcare and everyday compassion.
About Genesis HealthCare
Genesis HealthCare (NYSE:GEN) is a holding company with subsidiaries that, on a combined basis, comprise one of the nation’s largest post-acute care providers with more than 450 skilled nursing centers and assisted/senior living communities in 30 states nationwide. Genesis subsidiaries also supply rehabilitation and respiratory therapy to approximately 1,700 healthcare providers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and China. References made in this release to “Genesis,” “the Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Genesis HealthCare and each of its wholly-owned companies. Visit our website at www.genesishcc.com.
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