State Nursing Home Quality Improvement Programs: Site Visit and Synthesis Report. Background

05/15/2003

The study's Technical Advisory Group recommended that Florida be selected as a site visit state largely because of the state's Quality Monitoring program, a technical assistance program that was established in 1999. The state also has numerous other quality improvement programs, including recognition and reward programs and training/education efforts. In addition, the state has a public reporting system, risk management requirements, and mandated increases in minimum direct care staffing. All of these measures stem from two legislative mandates--the first passed in 1999 (HB 1971), and the second, SB1202, which followed in 2001. Each mandate was implemented in direct response to concerns regarding the quality of care in Florida nursing homes and the increase in the number of lawsuits filed against nursing homes

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