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


This report describes our review of the nursing home quality improvement programs initiated by the State of Florida. It begins with background information on the programs and how the visit and discussions were structured, and continues with a brief account of the origin and rationale for the programs. A description of the programs follows, along with the research team's findings. These findings are based on discussions with state employees, nursing facility respondents, and consumer representatives) regarding the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the programs. A discussion of the impact these programs have had on the quality of life and quality of care of Florida's nursing home residents follows. The report concludes with suggestions from program designers and participants to other states that might want to implement similar programs, a discussion of the sustainability of the various programs, and the respondents' opinions on the role of the Federal Government in quality improvement in nursing facilities.

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