By Eva Bering, Vice President of Operations
Landis Homes Healthcare was chosen by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), as one of the two nursing homes in Pennsylvania, and one of a few nationally meeting the criteria identifying as a high performing nursing home. The vetting process identified 10 providers across the United States from over 16,000 licensed nursing homes.
Criteria included a 5 Star quality rating and positive clinical outcomes such as low percentages in pressure ulcers, use of restraints, urinary tract infections, falls and use of antipsychotic medications. Interviews were conducted with the State Quality Improvement Organization, the Department of Health, LeadingAge PA and the state Ombudsman representative to assure the status of quality outcomes.
Next steps include developing an expert panel that will serve as a resource for sharing best practices with other providers nationwide. The panel is also assisting in developing a change package focusing on systems improvement. It will be distributed in each state. Quality Insights of PA will oversee this collaborative effort in Pennsylvania.
Ethel Caldwell, Administrator for Health Care, and Eva Bering, VP of Operations, joined others at the National QualityNet Conference, “A More Perfect Union: Better Health Care, Better Health, Lower Costs through Improvement,” in Baltimore. They have agreed to serve as resource experts for the project and critique the change package as it is developed and distributed nationwide.
Landis Homes was recently contacted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding the annual survey completed by the Division of Nursing Care Facilities on February 12, 2013. There was a focus during the survey on the use of antipsychotic medications. “It was most encouraging to review the statistics that support the reduction of antipsychotic drug use from 22.68% to 14.85%, which has demonstrated [Landis Homes’] commitment to the reduction of antipsychotic drug
use,” read the report by the Director of the Division.
Landis Homes recently was recognized with another 5 Star rating from CMS. The ratings are based on inspections, staffing levels and measures of the health quality of residents which are evaluated quarterly. On a scale of one to five, the county’s 21 homes averaged 3.4 stars.