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Concordia at Sumner Honored with Quality Improvement Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shirley Freyer
Concordia Lutheran Ministries
Tel: 724-352-1571 x8266
sfreyer@concordialm.org

Concordia at Sumner Honored with Quality Improvement Award

Copley, OH – The Health Center at Concordia at Sumner (CaS) has achieved “Gold Level” recognition for its participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Ohio Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC) initiative managed by Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Ohio.

The NHQCC seeks to achieve large-scale improvements in nursing homes throughout the state of Ohio by working collaboratively with facilities on a variety of clinical and organizational initiatives including:
• Reducing healthcare-acquired conditions.
• Reducing antipsychotic medication rates.
• Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions.
• Participating in Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiatives.
• Increasing influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates.
• Reducing staff turnover and implementing consistent assignment.
• Improving rates of resident mobility.
• Earning a Quality Measure Composite Score of 6 percent or less, based on the 13 long-stay quality measures publicly reported on Nursing Home Compare.

CaS’s Health Center earned its “Gold Level” recognition by actively participating in NHQCC quality-improvement learning opportunities, designating staff members for its NHQCC team, assessing its current QAPI status, and identifying potential performance improvement project opportunities within the facility.

“We are proud to have CaS partnering with us in the Ohio NHQCC,” said James H. Barnhart III, BSH, LNHA, HSAG Quality Improvement Project Lead. “This is a collaborative effort across our state to improve the quality of care and quality of life for Ohio nursing home residents. Working together with Gold-Level facilities like this we can achieve our goals!”

For more information about HSAG’s nursing home quality improvement work, visit www.hsag.com/ohnursinghome.