Proud to Achieve 4 Stars Overall from CMS!
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website, assessment information is gathered to measure the quality of certain aspects of nursing home care, like whether residents have gotten their flu shots, are in pain, or are losing weight. These measures of care are called “quality measures.” Medicare posts each nursing home’s scores for these quality measures on Nursing Home Compare. By comparing scores, you can evaluate how nursing homes may differ from one another.
You can use the quality measures to:
- choose a nursing home for yourself or others
- find out about the care at nursing homes where you or family members already live
- gather information to talk to nursing home staff about the quality of care
Nursing homes can use the quality measures to review and improve the quality of the care they give to residents.
The Columns Community Care Center earns 2019 National Silver Quality Award: one of 11 2019 Louisiana recipients
(Jonesville, LA) – The Columns Community Care Center in Jonesville has been recognized as 2019 recipient of the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award by American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which spotlights providers across the nation that have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care.
“To earn the Bronze Quality Award we had to demonstrate that we had systems in place to measure baseline performance, tools and a process to improve and a system to measure improvement,” explained Vanessa Houck, administrator of The Columns Community Care Center. “At the Silver level we continue to learn and develop effective approaches that help improve performance and health care outcomes.
“The Silver guidelines are based on the Baldrige Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence. In addition to the Organizational Profile, recipients must exhibit a thorough assessment of their systematic approaches and the deployment of these approaches,” she explained
AHCA/NCAL’s National Quality Award Program challenges providers to achieve performance excellence through three progressive levels—Bronze, Silver, and Gold. At the Silver level, recipients develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve organizational performance and health care outcomes.
“As a Silver award recipient, The Columns is well on its way to progress in their quality journey by continuing to achieve better quality results,” said Alana Wolfe, Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “I commend them on this outstanding achievement.”
As a 2019 recipient of the Silver award they may now advance in further developing comprehensive approaches that meet the criteria required for the Gold – Excellence in Quality Award.
The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 70th Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, October 13-16, 2019.
CommCare Corporation is a Louisiana-based, non-profit organization that operates 13 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in the state. Twelve of CommCare’s SNFs earned the Bronze quality award and three have advanced to earn the Silver Quality Award.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,600 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.