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


Although it does not have a technical assistance program, Iowa has a large number of innovative programs intended to improve nursing home quality. Despite the absence of a technical assistance program, the project's Technical Advisory Group believed that the study should include Iowa, as its programs may be substitutes for a technical assistance program and may include quality improvement models that other states may wish to replicate, potentially improving our study's ability to provide guidance to states considering implementing quality improvement projects. Iowa's quality improvement programs involve a wide variety of efforts including an Internet web-based Nursing Home Report Card, recognition programs for innovative practices and outstanding performance on licensure and certification surveys, training for providers and surveyors, feedback on surveys/surveyors and an alternative survey process for state-only licensed facilities meeting certain criteria.

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