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Utah Nursing Home Recipients Announced for the 2014 HealthInsight Quality Award

HealthInsight program encourages excellence in health care

Sandy, September 23, 2014 — Four Utah nursing homes are being recognized today for demonstrating excellence in providing quality care.

HealthInsight, a non-profit, community-based health care consulting organization, working to improve health and health care for patients and providers, presented the HealthInsight Quality Award to four nursing homes from across the state of Utah. The HealthInsight Quality Award recognizes nursing homes for demonstrating excellence in a number of quality care measures.

In order to meet criteria for this quality award, nursing homes had to rank in the top 25 percent of performers in the State, based on MDS 3.0 Quality Measures from Nursing Home Compare, as well as demonstrate a successfully implemented quality improvement program in their building.

"It is a pleasure for us to honor these outstanding nursing homes that are working hard to improve health care quality and outcomes for residents of Utah," said Juliana Preston, Executive Director for HealthInsight Utah. "Their commitment to excellence in health care delivery is evidenced by their achievement of this award."

The award recipients were recognized at the annual Utah Health Care Association Fall Convention in Sandy, Utah.

The 2014 award recipients are:

  • Avalon West Health & Rehabilitation - Salt Lake City
  • Richfield Rehab and Care Center - Richfield
  • St. Joseph Villa - Salt Lake City
  • Willow Wood Care Center - Holladay

The HealthInsight Quality Award Program was launched in September 2004 to promote transparency in health care. According to the Institute of Medicine, transparency in health care is defined as a system that is "accountable to the public, works openly, makes results known, and builds trust through disclosure." By using available quality data to identify high performing providers and publicizing the results, HealthInsight aims to help providers improve health care and help patients become more active and informed participants in that care.

The nursing home quality information is available by visiting www.medicare.gov and selecting Compare Nursing Homes in Your Area or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

About HealthInsight

HealthInsight is a recognized leader in convening and partnering with our communities to improve health and health care by advancing quality, efficiency and value for patients and providers. HealthInsight Utah serves as a catalyst, using collaborative efforts to facilitate and promote the quality and safety of health care to achieve improved outcomes and value for all Utahans. Learn more at www.healthinsight.org.

This material was prepared by HealthInsight, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network -Quality Improvement Organization for Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-C2-14-06-UT