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Sixteen Avamere Skilled Nursing Facilities Achieved Providigm QAPI Accreditation

Senior Care Services

  Sixteen Avamere Family of Companies skilled nursing facilities achieved Providigm QAPI Accreditation, which recognizes dedication to continuous improvement of quality in nursing home care. These facilities (located in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho) have met the excellence standards set forth by the program and are recognized among the top performing nursing homes and centers in the United States. The Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) accreditation is based on four data-driven standards that measure the facility’s use of Providigm’s abaqis® system, a survey tool used to ensure compliance with federal regulation. Exceeding all four standards leads to full accreditation and … Continue reading

Health and Care News Brief for Older Adults Vol. 3

If you’re an older adult looking for the latest news about issues that directly affect you, these are the stories to pay attention to. Here are this week’s leading headlines in senior health news for December 23-27, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story.   CMS: Medicare Coverage Not Based On Potential For Improvement McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported that, following the Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued a warning that skilled nursing facilities caring for patients whose documents indicate “an improvement goal” can no longer claim a specific therapy was … Continue reading

Health and Care News Brief for Older Adults Vol. 2

  If you’re an older adult looking for the latest news about issues that directly affect you, these are the stories to pay attention to. Here are this week’s leading headlines in senior health news for December 16-20, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story. Senate Revises Medicare Part B Therapy Reimbursements McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reported the Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill to replace the Medicare Part B therapy reimbursements limit with a “prior authorization medical review” outpatient therapy payment system in 2015. Many long-term care providers criticize the current system for mandating that Medicare contractors … Continue reading

Health and Care News Brief for Older Adults

  If you’re an older adult looking for the latest news about issues that directly affect you, these are the stories to pay attention to. Here are this week’s leading headlines in senior health news for December 9-14, 2013. Click the headline to read the full story. Multiple States Considering Long-Term Care Hiring Standard Reform. USA Today reports that concern over lax regulation of some home care workers is compelling several states to consider bills to increase oversight and requirements. Proposed measures include mandatory training hours and compulsory background checks for workers, along with required licensing for home-care agencies. ______________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

St. Francis of Bellingham Achieves WHCA Gold Level Safety Award Second Year in a Row and Washington Labor & Industries Blueprint for Safety Certificate

St. Francis of Bellingham earned the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) Gold Level Safety Award for its success in reducing staff injuries and increasing focus on staff safety through the Self-Assessment For Employee Safety and Training (SAFEST) program. This is the second year in a row the skilled nursing center (located at 3121 Squalicum Pkwy) has achieved this recognition, making the senior care center one of the top safety facilities for employees in the state. “We have a personal responsibility and accountability for our own safety and for the safety of our co-workers. We are proud that our hard work to provide … Continue reading