HealthCap would like to congratulate the 2018 Bronze, Silver and Gold AHCA/NCAL Quality Award applicants. The quality journey is an ongoing process of evaluation and a commitment to achieving success. Communities who have enjoyed success “live” the Baldrige criteria on a daily basis, everything done within the community is evaluated against this criteria and when necessary, systems are “re-created”. This may seem like a daunting task but as the old adage says “if it was easy everyone would have it”. Submitting an application for the Quality Awards is the first step on this journey. It is an exhaustive, interdisciplinary process and we appreciate the efforts!
Long ago and far away nursing centers provided care for frail, elderly patients. There were no IVs, TPN, Cpaps, peritoneal dialysis, active shooters or emergency evacuations. Our biggest threat back then was probably scabies! Those were the days where we “hunkered down”, took what hits us, brushed ourselves off and moved on. Today we are much more enlightened and we should all be thankful for that!
It appears that Medicare/CMS is planning to start a game with our skilled therapy services. What does this mean? Basically it means that you as a person or resident will not be important, but rather you as a diagnosis will drive the care Medicare will pay for.
If you're familiar with DRGs, you will recall the uproar that happened when a patient’s diagnosis was the only driver of hospitalization, care, and payment. This is similar to that payment model.
The Elsberry Healthcare Center recently received the prestigious “Helping Hands” award from HealthCap.
“The award is only given to four facilities each year nationwide,” said Linda Haake, Administrator of the Elsberry Healthcare Center. “It was quite an honor for our little facility.”