National honor roll features 26 Care Initiatives locations

July, 2018 – Twenty-six Care Initiatives locations have been named to the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Honor Roll to recognize their performance on the Nursing Home Compare long-stay quality measures. Nursing homes on the Nursing Home Quality Collaborative Honor Roll have achieved a quality measure composite score which is aligned with the top 10 percent of nursing homes in the U.S. The Care Initiatives Specialty Care locations include Atlantic, Bedford, Belle Plaine, Centerville, Chariton, Cherokee, Corning, Corydon, Crestview in West Branch, Eldora, Heritage in Cedar Rapids, Kingsley, Lantern Park in Coralville, Lyon in Rock Rapids, Mechanicsville, Montezuma, New London, Northern Mahaska in Oskaloosa, Oakwood in Albia, Panora, Sibley, Southridge in Marshalltown, Valley View in Eldora, Wapello and Westwood in Sioux City.

“Nursing homes on the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Honor Roll have demonstrated a focus on safety and quality,” said Deanna Curry, Telligen Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) quality improvement manager. “We applaud the hard work of Care Initiatives and their commitment to its residents and staff to provide excellent long-term care.”

The National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC), led by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and QIN-QIOs, launched in April 2015 with the mission to improve care for the 1.4 million nursing home residents across the United States.

NNHQCC strives to instill sustainable quality and performance improvement practices, eliminate health care-acquired conditions and improve resident satisfaction and safety by focusing on the systems that impact quality. These systems can include staffing, operations, communication, leadership, compliance, clinical models, quality of life indicators and specific clinical outcomes such as mobility, inappropriate antipsychotic use for persons living with dementia, and health care-associated infections.