HHS' inspector general's said it will consider additional opportunities for government-industry dialogue after it released a joint report highlighting the results of a recent discussion about how long-term-care organizations evaluate quality-of-care issues. Together with the Health Care Compliance Association, the office co-sponsored a government industry roundtable discussioncalled Driving for Quality in Long-Term Care: A Board of Directors Dashboardon Dec. 6.
The purpose was for long-term-care leaders to discuss the most pressing issues that governing boards at long-term-care organizations face in addressing quality-of-care issues. More than 10 government representatives and 35 long-term-care professionalsincluding administrators, clinicians, compliance officers and others from for-profit, not-for-profit, national and local organizationsattended the event. In breakout sessions, participants discussed commitment to quality; processes related to monitoring and improving quality of care; outcome measures for quality of care; and challenges and opportunities in using a "quality-of-care dashboard." The inspector general's office defines the dashboard as a management tool to assess and oversee performance on quality-of-care issues.
"A consistent theme in the commitment discussion groups was that a commitment to quality needs to be communicated and demonstrated from the top-the board of directors and management," the report noted. Read the report. -- by Jessica Zigmond
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