Over the last few decades, improvement in nursing home care quality has been a partnership among government agencies, advocates, providers and researchers. While many changes in nursing home care have been driven by regulation, the provider community has largely taken leadership on how changes are achieved.
In 2006, an unprecedented coalition of varied stakeholders convened to set priorities for improving nursing home quality, identify useful tools for creating change in priority areas, create provider toolkits and create mechanisms for dissemination. Initially named the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign, the effort is now the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement (NNHQI) Campaign.
CARE Director Barbara Bowers, PhD, RN, is proud to be among the early board members of Advancing Excellence, and maintains her involvement in the group today. Advancing Excellence / NNHQI recently received full, official support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assure dissemination of their important work.