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Ohio's has raised the bar for long-term care, and nursing homes are responding positively
Nearly all Ohio facilities met or exceeded new quality measures

Aug. 7, 2012

According to an article released this week by the Gongwer news service, nearly all of Ohio's nursing facilities that receive Medicaid funding met the minimum number of quality measures to qualify for full reimbursement. In fact, only five facilities, out of nearly 1,000 statewide, failed to meet the minimum five of 20 measures established by the General Assembly last year. The majority of facilities (549) well exceeded the minimum by reaching 11 to 14 of the goals.

Ohio's nursing facilities understand that Ohio is fully integrating reimbursement with qualityBonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Department of Aging, told Gongwer that these statistics suggest Ohio's nursing facilities understand that Ohio is fully integrating reimbursement with quality and that the incentives the state established make sense to facility management.

There still is much to do to ensure quality care in Ohio and we will continue to look at ways to offer better care for our consumers. Some strategies under consideration include increasing the minimum number of measures to be met and strengthening the incentives. While an exact strategy is unknown at this point, we do know that our efforts to increase the quality of care and quality of life for our elders and others will only increase.

In addition to performing well on the quality measures, facilities also are generally scoring higher on consumer satisfaction surveys, have fewer deficiencies in state inspections and had fewer complaints to the State Long-term Care Ombudsman than just a few years ago, according to the article.

We are encouraged by this data, which shows that nursing homes and the state are working very hard to improve quality. As we more actively engage consumers to expect and seek out excellent care, facilities will likely pursue quality even harder. Ohio has indeed raised the bar for long-term care, and it will only go higher.

To learn more about Ohio's Long-term Care Quality initiative, visit ltcquality.ohio.gov.

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Aging News and Perspective, published by the Ohio Department of Aging, is a blog-like publication that connects interested Ohioans to news and information about issues affecting older Ohioans and the people who care for and serve them. Topics include the latest resources and best pactices within the aging network, state and federal programs and benefits, pending and recent policy and legislation that may impact older Ohioans, the latest research in gerontology and aging issues and more.

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