Mueller, committee call for wide-ranging systematic changes to transform nursing homes
April 25, 2022
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is being described as a piercing wake up call for a long-term care system in desperate need of an overhaul. The report, The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality, calls for strengthening the nursing home workforce, improving emergency preparedness, and increasing the transparency and accountability of nursing homes’ finances, operations, and ownership.
The report is the result of the Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes’s examination of how the United States delivers, finances, regulates and measures the quality of nursing home care. Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, professor, senior executive associate dean for Academic Programs and Long Term Care Professor in Nursing, served on the committee.
“I have full confidence that this report will lead to transformation in nursing homes and make high quality, person-centered, and equitable care a reality for the residents, families and staff who live and work in nursing homes,” said Mueller.
The committee identified seven broad goals, which provide the framework for a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of care in nursing homes, and developed an interrelated set of recommendations to achieve each of these goals.