The Nursing Home Quality Initiative is one prime move to enhance and improve the quality of healthcare services provided to patients. Because of a more specific approach in implementing such rule, many benefits are primarily set up for the welfare of those who avail of health services from home. Since varying cases of care procedures are required for each particular patient, a generalized initiative to have a standard of quality can greatly improve the service outcome.
In the initiative, the patients or clients who are availing or will avail of the health care service based at home will be the core beneficiaries.It is always a notion to protect to consumer’s welfare in any mediums of services, most especially in the field of health and wellness. This program will ultimately address some dilemmas which most patients tend to experience from poor or sometimes not sufficient health services. In some cases, there have also been submissions of lawsuits which resulted to unacceptable quality of service for health.
Although the initiative is very much aligned to the health patients’ advantages, there can also be some drawbacks on the part of the health care professionals, nurses and the institutions which accommodate them.In one aspect, nurses will need to undergo additional rigorous training in order to meet the standards set by the program. This can cause some more frustrations among them and could possibly lead to interaction problems with their clients. Another concern is the possibility of an increased number of cases of lawsuits against nursing professionals.
Since the consumers (patients) are more empowered, it cannot be excluded that more complaints will definitely be filed. On the part of the institutions which serve as the primary agencies for the distribution of nurses, additional operation costs can be experienced.This will result from additional training, facilities for instructions and in defending against legal charges. Nursing home chains are cutting back their operations in the states with the highest liability costs. Beverly Enterprises sold all of its 49 nursing homes and assisted-living centers in Florida and has another 140 in various states up for sale. (ConsumerAffairs, 2004) References ConsumerAffairs.
2004. Nursing Home Insurance Crunch. Retrieved November 10 2007. from http://www. consumeraffairs. com/news04/nursing_home_liability.