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Press Release: QAPI Accredited Skilled Nursing Facilities and 2013 Embracing Quality Award Winners Announced

Today, Providigm, LLC, announced the first international group of facilities that met the 2013 Providigm Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) accreditation criteria. These criteria are based on standards for excellence in continuously improving quality of care and life for nursing home residents. Providigm also announced the 2013 Embracing Quality Award winners from among these distinguished facilities.

Simultaneously, Providigm’s Research Team, led by Dr. Andrew Kramer, released a research brief entitled QAPI Accreditation: Impact on Survey Performance. The research contained in the brief validated that facilities meeting the QAPI Accreditation Standards experienced an average reduction of nearly six survey deficiencies in their annual federal audit. Of the facilities in the study, those that received Civil Money Penalties demonstrated an average penalty reduction of over $30,000 after meeting the QAPI Accreditation Standards.

From the 638 accredited facilities in the United States and Canada, 285 outstanding performers earned 2013 Embracing Quality Awards. These awards were given in three categories: Customer Satisfaction, Prevention of Hospital Readmission, and facilities that achieved Deficiency Free Surveys in 2012.

“Providigm’s QAPI Accreditation program recognizes nursing centers that are invested in a process that leads to excellence in healthcare. I’d especially like to acknowledge the Embracing Quality Award winners. They not only met accreditation standards, but demonstrated excellence in three areas that are critical to the care of elders,” said Dr. Andrew Kramer, CEO at Providigm and an international expert on measuring quality of elder care.

Providigm’s accreditation and award criteria reflect the focus of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase resident centered care in skilled nursing facilities and to reduce preventable hospital readmissions. Accredited facilities and award winners represent both for-profit and non-profit organizations ranging from single facilities to large national chains. A full list of accredited facilities and award winners can be found at

About Providigm
Providigm creates quality improvement solutions for health care. Through Providigm’s web-based systems and comprehensive training, providers are able to improve the quality of care and life of their residents. Providigm’s patented abaqis® Quality Management System is the nation’s leading assessment and reporting system based on CMS’s Quality Indicator Survey. With its recent expansion in QAPI, Hospital Readmissions, and Customer Satisfaction, abaqis goes far beyond survey readiness. Providigm’s accomplished Research Group provides the scientific foundation and cutting-edge methodology behind its quality systems.

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