By sharing clinical experts, 11 Wisconsin nursing homes stabilized staff turnover and reduced quality deficiencies identified during state surveys without raising costs, according to a report published by the Commonwealth Fund. The not-for-profit nursing homes, known as the Wellspring Alliance, shared clinical experts who trained employees on best practices, gave front-line staff flexibility to address residents' needs, regularly monitored quality indicators and involved top managers in comparing quality performance across the homes. From 1995 to 1999, overall staff turnover rose 6% at Wellspring sites, compared with 13% at other Wisconsin nursing homes. During the same time period, turnover for registered nurses actually dropped 6% at Wellspring sites, while increasing 7% at other facilities. Survey deficiencies decreased 2.5 times more for Wellspring facilities compared with the overall state survey rate. Click here for the report. -- by Susanna Duff
Sharing experts helped nursing homes in study
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