St. Barnabas Nursing Home to Participate in Study of Quality Measures

    GIBSONIA, Pa., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Barnabas Nursing Home has been
 selected as one of only 20 nursing homes in Pennsylvania to participate in a
 study the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting to
 determine how to better measure the quality of care in nursing homes.
     Results from the study will be used to develop and validate indicators of
 the quality of post-acute and long-term care services. These indicators will
 potentially be used in CMS's regulatory quality monitoring, provider quality
 improvement and consumer information programs.
     As part of the study, St. Barnabas will be visited by two nurses from a
 research team for three to five days in late January. The nurses will review
 medical records, interview key staff, observe care and conduct a limited
 assessment of a sample of 30 residents. The nurses will examine the 30
 residents and review their charts and treatment programs in comparison to the
 Minimum Data Set (MDS), which is a model the government uses to measure acuity
 levels. St. Barnabas Nursing Home officials will also complete an
 administrative survey as part of the study. All patient- and facility-level
 information will be kept confidential and will be reported in a way that won't
 identify individual nursing homes.
     St. Barnabas Nursing Home has a reputation for providing excellent care
 and accurate documentation for government and insurance regulations. Karen
 Tabacchi, the administrator of St. Barnabas Nursing Home and vice president of
 St. Barnabas Health System, views participating in the study as a validation
 of the nursing home's reputation and a way to ensure the home remains a leader
 in providing excellent care and accurate documentation.
     "I think this will be a learning experience for all of us and we're happy
 to help the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid determine how to better measure
 quality," Tabacchi said.
     The study will be conducted by Abt Associates Inc., in conjunction with
 researchers at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, Brown University,
 and the University of Michigan. The study was commissioned by the Centers for
 Medicare & Medicaid Services, formerly known as the Health Care Financing
 Administration. CMS is part of the federal Department of Health and Human
 Services.
     The study will review 20 freestanding nursing facilities and 13
 hospital-based facilities in each of 10 states: Pennsylvania, Ohio,
 California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina
 and Tennessee.
 
     About St. Barnabas
     St. Barnabas Health System is the largest health care concern of its kind
 in Pennsylvania. Tracing its heritage back to 1900, the system serves
 approximately 700 patients and residents with lifestyles ranging from
 independent living to skilled nursing care. Faith-based yet
 non-denominational, St. Barnabas Health System is comprised of St. Barnabas
 Charitable Foundation, St. Barnabas Medical Center, St. Barnabas Nursing Home,
 The Village at St. Barnabas, The Woodlands at St. Barnabas, The Washington
 Place, The Arbors at Valencia Woods, and Valencia Woods Nursing Center.
 
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SOURCE St. Barnabas Health System

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