April 9, 2014

Regina Health Center to participate in national quality study

Regina Health Center is one of 251 nursing homes in the United States selected to participate in a project designed to evaluate the INTERACT quality improvement program. INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) is recommended by the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve the care of nursing home residents.

Regina Health Center, which is well noted for its many quality-of-care achievements, including recent recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best nursing homes in the country, is pleased to contribute to this study.

The INTERACT program focuses on the management of acute change in resident condition. It includes clinical and educational tools and strategies for use in every day practice in long-term care facilities. The program’s goal is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially unavoidable transfers to the acute hospital. Such transfers can result in numerous complications of hospitalization, and billions of dollars in unnecessary health care expenditures.

The team that developed the INTERACT program found that one in four Medicare patients admitted to skilled nursing facilities from hospitals were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. The team also found that up to two-thirds of hospital transfers are rated as potentially avoidable by long-term care health professionals.

Regina Health Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.













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