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

05/15/2003

This report describes findings from our exploration of the State of Maryland's quality improvement projects (QIPs). We first present some background information about Maryland and about the project team's site visit to that state. Next, a history and rationale for Maryland's movement toward state-initiated quality improvement is presented. This is followed by a description of each program reviewed by the project team. Findings regarding the strengths and weaknesses (as identified by state and nursing home industry representatives) are presented, as is a discussion of the impact of the QIPs on quality of care and quality of life of nursing facility residents. Finally, lessons learned by the state are presented, along with a brief description of the perceived sustainability of the various QIPs.

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