Nursing home industry groups, joined by HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Thomas Scully, announced a voluntary covenant to improve the quality and reputation of long-term care. The covenant -- which includes the statement "We wish to be part of the solution and not the problem" -- comes three months after the launch of a federal initiative to improve nursing home quality. Signed by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, which together represent more than 17,000 for nursing homes, the covenant outlines measures of improvement. Those include public disclosure, accountability and financial stewardship. An independent national commission will report on the progress. HHS in April published on its Web site quality measures for nursing homes in six states and plans to expand the initiative nationwide later this year. -- by Susanna Duff
Nursing home industry vows to be 'part of solution'
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