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 New Center Aims To Promote Leadership And Quality In Long Term, Post-Acute Care

Brown University and the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) have teamed up to create a new center for research and best practices.

The new Long Term Care Quality and Innovation Center will have several objectives, including the translation of best practices into real-world training and leadership programs that staff in skilled nursing centers across the country can use, according to an announcement Thursday from AHCA/NCAL.

Much of the outreach efforts will initially focus on providers that are still striving to meet important quality milestones, the announcement said, in addition to linking providers with high performers and offering leadership programs within the profession.

“A major goal of our research and teaching is to improve the quality of care, and therefore the quality of life, for our nation’s elderly and post-acute populations,” said Vincent Mor, the Florence Pirce Grant Professor of Health Services Policy & Practice at Brown. “We look forward to working with AHCA and NCAL’s support to discover, evaluate, advance, and apply practices that could benefit millions of people and their loved ones.”

Located at the Centers for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown, where more than 20 faculty members and their students collaborate to study care for the elderly or people who have chronic illnesses, the center will be governed by a five-person independent advisory board, with representation from the profession and the university.

“Our profession is fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with a renowned academic and research institution to help develop and refine methods to improve quality in long term and post-acute care,” said Leonard Russ, chairman of AHCA’s Board of Governors. “Quality is a top priority for providers. Through this center, we will disseminate valuable information that can help caregivers make real improvements in their centers.”

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