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


Florida's Teaching Nursing Home Program1

Florida's Teaching Nursing Home (TNH) Program was created in 1999 via legislative House Bill 1971 and was funded in 2000 to establish an integrated long term care (LTC) training curriculum for physicians and initiate an online geriatrics university. The TNH program is under the direction of Bernard Roos, MD, Director of the Stein Gerontological Institute at the Miami Jewish Home & Hospital for the Aged.

The TNH program is committed to integrated systems and to linking LTC resources and other community-based healthcare assets with professional and academic talents throughout our state. The TNH program has already established productive working relationships with several major nursing homes, with each of Florida's medical schools, and with several nursing schools.

Mission: Forging a more integrated and patient-centered LTC system through a comprehensive multidisciplinary statewide program of excellence in geriatrics training and research related to best practices and standards of care.


  1. Create and promote multidisciplinary education and research in LTC.

  2. Research, implement, and disseminate "best practices" for targeted LTC concerns.

  3. Enhance awareness and image of the LTC continuum, including community-based services.

  4. Initiate a dynamic process of statewide standardization of LTC that promotes and protects the interests of care recipients and providers.

Strategy: Provide forums, initiative, and core resources for identification and prioritization of LTC issues promote research and training in relevant best LTC practices and their adoption by communities and their entire range of health-care providers.

  1. Promote synergistic quality improvement in LTC through linking the concerns and activities of academia, industry, professional organizations, and public interest and advocacy groups.

  2. Create online forum resources and networks to promote needs assessments and to support training and best practices that address LTC concerns raised in communities throughout our state.

  3. Assist in care and training initiatives/models for community-identified LTC needs.

  4. Respond to LTC training and research needs of professionals, regulators, and emerging legislation.

  5. Develop multidisciplinary models to support quality improvement across LTC's continuum.

1. Source:, 5/12/2003.

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