By Anna Ortigara / Posted on January 21st, 2013
Eighty percent of Green House homes serve Elders with skilled care needs. The model strongly supports Elder choice and relationships but Quality of Care is also important to support meaningful lives in real homes. The case needs to be made for quality clinical outcomes from deeply transformative models like The Green House Project.
EQUIP for Quality* is the quality tool used for clinical benchmarking by The Green House Project and all skilled Green House Projects are encouraged to participate in data collection.
This report represents the MDS 3.0 data from 10 skilled Green House Project organizations from third quarter 2012. This is a snapshot in time, but very important in understanding quality of care in Green House homes. Below are Quality Measures where these homes performed significantly better than national benchmarks:
• Percent of Residents Who Self-Report Moderate to Severe Pain (Long Stay)
• Percent of Residents Who Were Assessed and Appropriately Given the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine (Long Stay)
• Percent of Residents Assessed and Appropriately Given the Pneumococcal Vaccine (Long Stay)
• Percent of Residents Who Have/Had a Catheter Inserted and Left in Their Bladder (Long Stay)
• Percent of Residents Who Have Depressive Symptoms (Long Stay)
• Percent of Residents Who Received an Antipsychotic Medication (Long Stay)
• Percent of residents who have behavior symptoms affecting others (Long Stay)
• Percent of Residents Who Were Assessed and Appropriately Given the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine (Short Stay)
• Percent of Residents Who were Hospitalized in the last 100 days (Long Stay).
Other Quality Measures were similar to national nursing home benchmarks.
Two measures that are particularly targeted in long term care today are re-hospitalizations in the previous 100 days and the use of antipsychotic drugs. These show significantly better performance during this period of time and are considered areas of both high cost and clinical significance in understanding and managing care transitions. All indicators are important to guide the understanding quality of care in Green House homes. Having regular data provides deeper understanding of the model and sharper targeting for education and process redesign within the model. For more information contact Aortigara@ncbcapitalimpact.org
*EQUIP for Quality, Leading Age New York www.equipforquality.com