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American Health Care Association 2012 Quality Report

November 1, 2012

This annual report provides an overview of the quality of care in nursing home and skilled nursing facilities throughout the U.S., including staffing trends. The authors find that the overall care quality provided in such facilities is gradually improving as they continue to make a focused and sustained effort to improve quality. In addition to giving an overview of trends in care quality, the report devotes a section to trends in payment.

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Key Takeaways

There has been an increase in the amount of direct nursing time per resident per day, and a decrease in turnover.
Overall, quality ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities have improved.
Quality efforts will help to continue this upward trend, but budgetary pressure could counteract this progress.

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