NQF Approves AMDA Dementia Measures; AHCA and Alliance to Merge
June 7, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has approved two nursing home quality measures on dementia care submitted by the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), reports a May 7, 2013, Caring for the Agesarticle. Persistent Indicators of Dementia without a Diagnosis—Long Stay and Persistent Indicators of Dementia without a Diagnosis—Short Stay track numbers of long-stay nursing home residents and short-stay patients, respectively, who have persistent signs and symptoms of dementia but do not have a dementia diagnosis on any Minimum Data Set assessment, excluding those in hospice or at the end of life and those with certain mental health conditions. Nursing homes are expected to use the measures to set performance improvement goals for the care of people with dementia; they are meant to “harmonize” with existing measures of dementia care quality from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Undiagnosed dementia is often the silent bystander in residents throughout the long-term care continuum,” said James Lett II, M.D., CMD, a member of the measure development workgroup and past president of AMDA.