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. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X68728430
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