The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood Receives Major Award for Resident-Centered Care
First Continuing Care Community in the Nation to Receive Award
Wheat Ridge, Colorado – The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood has been awarded Planetree Bronze Recognition for Meaningful Progress in Resident-Centered Care. The Rehabilitation Center at Sandalwood is the first health care organization in Colorado to be awarded Bronze-level recognition since Planetree first introduced the recognition level in 2012. They also have the honor of being the first continuing care community in the United States to achieve Bronze-level recognition! READ MORE about it in next week's monthly e-Communicator or Visit the CHCA Facebook page.
CHCA Welcomes Doug Farmer as New President & CEO
Doug Farmer, executive with the Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellowship Program in Topeka, KS, has been hired as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living (CHCA/CCAL), effective July 25, 2014.
Farmer joins the CHCA/CCAL team with a wealth and health care and policy experience. “We are extremely pleased to have Doug Farmer join us at CHCA/CCAL,” said Janet Snipes, Chairman of the Board. “We look forward to applying his extensive knowledge in health care public policy and advocacy to the benefit of the frail elderly and disabled individuals we represent.”
While at Sunflower, Farmer led the foundation’s Advocacy Fellowship program, which provides intensive leadership training for non-profit leaders from around the state. He also worked on a range of policy issues for the foundation including the Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act, promotion of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.
Prior experience also included, working in Kansas government in various capacities, beginning in 1996 as an analyst in the Governor's Budget Office. In 2008, he became director of the State Employee Health Benefit Plan, which was then jointly overseen by the Health Care Commission and the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA). He also served as KHPA's deputy director. Before taking the job at KHPA, Doug was deputy secretary at the Kansas Department on Aging and later at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
2014 CNA Conference a Great Success!
A special thanks to all the attendees, speakers, volunteers,sponsors and contributors for making the 2014 CNA Conference outstanding this year!
Nurse Aides, you ROCK! See you next year!
Thank you to this year's sponsors!
Colavria Hospitality SavaSeniorCare
Ensign Group Vivage Quality Health Partners
Frontline Management Focus Consultation
Genesis Healthcare McKesson Medical
Life Care Centers of America Rowan Community
Rocke Medical-Legal Consulting
Jean Cannon Named 2014 NCAL ALR Administrator of the Year
Congratulations to Jean Cannon of Aspen House Memory Care Assisted Living, Loveland, CO. for being chosen the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) 2014 Administrator of the Year!
Jean will be honored at the 8thannual NCAL Day Awards Luncheon on October 5that AHCA/NCAL’s Annual Convention in Washington, DC.
Again, congratulations, you make us very proud of our Assisted Living Communities.
Congratulations to Colorado's
2014 Bronze Commitment to Quality Awards Recipients
Today, AHCA/NCAL announced the recipients of the 2014 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. This year 390 centers in 46 states achieved the Bronze Award. A breakdown of recipients For Colorado is listed below. At the Bronze level, centers develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. They also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Silver and Gold recipients have not yet been announced. Congratulations to our 10 recipients who will be recognized at the AHCA Convention in October, 2014.
Colorado State Veterans Center - Homelake
Elms Haven Center
Colorado State Veterans Home - Walsenburg
Golden Peaks Center Genesis HealthCare
Pueblo Center Genesis HealthCare
E. Dene Moore Care Center
Villa Manor Care Center
Valley Manor Care Center
CO LTC Ranks 11th Nationally in the
Reduction of Antipsychotic Med Use
Long-term care facilities have reduced antipsychotic medication use by more than 15% through a large-scale initiative, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That means it's time to set a more ambitious goal, a subgroup says.
Colorado long term care facilities showed a marked improvement from 19.8% in the 2nd Quarter of 2011 to 16.4% in the 4th quarter of 2013, placing 11th nationally.
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes was formally launched in 2012, with the primary goal of reducing the prevalence of antipsychotic prescribing for dementia care by 15% within a year. The initiative joined public and private organizations that educated providers and offered resources to help them transition residents off of antipsychotics.
While it took longer than a year to achieve the sought after reduction, the goal was met in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to an interim CMS report released April 11, 2014.
Specifically, the national prevalence of antipsychotic use among long-stay nursing home residents has decreased 15.1% from the fourth quarter of 2011, the report states. The overall antipsychotic prescribing rate for this population was 20.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The CMS numbers affirm a “progressive decline” in antipsychotic use. The fact that every state achieved a decline is notable and suggests that this may now lead to continued progress where person-centered care should continue to thrive.
American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson emphasized that while this is a "moment to celebrate",improving care quality remains the "constant focus" of the organization. AHCA, the largest long-term care provider association in the nation, was "proud to partner with CMS" on the initiative, he added.
"Skilled nursing centers around the country should be applauded for this milestone achievement and take solace in the lives they have forever changed," Parkinson said .
Now that its initial goal has been realized, CMS will set a new one for 2014,according to the report. Some states already have set ambitious objectives.
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Holly Heights Awarded Circle of Safety Award
The Colorado General Assembly is moving full steam ahead into its third month and the Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living is actively following bills that impact emergency management, worker’s compensation, Medicaid expansion and crimes against at-risk elders.
Rep. Paul Rosenthal, House District 9, presented Janet Snipes, Administrator, Holly Heights Nursing Center with a Circle of Safety Award from Pinnacol Assurance in the state capital recently.
The award is given to businesses that have met stringent safety standards for the past four years. Less than one percent of the 55,000 employers in Colorado qualify for this award. Congratulations Janet and the Holly Heights team!
Real care providers in America's skilled nursing and assisted living facilities talk about the most important thing they do - quality.
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