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Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Ranks #1 in County

June 13, 2012

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Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (BGRNC), located on the Sandy Spring, Maryland, campus of Brooke Grove Retirement Village, ranked #1 in Montgomery County and #6 out of 208 Maryland nursing homes recently rated by the Office of Health Care Quality of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) for their performance. Rankings were based on client surveys, patient outcomes, quality surveys and staffing.

 "We couldn't be more proud of our staff!" said Brooke Grove Foundation (BGF) President Keith Gibb. "It is an honor to work with such a dedicated team and to witness our mission, 'We Touch People's Lives,' being demonstrated each day." Williamsport Nursing Home, located on BGF's Williamsport Retirement Village campus in Williamsport, Maryland, also placed among the top 10% of facilities, capturing the #18 position in the state. 

As explained by the LifeSpan Network, the DHMH, in consultation with representatives of Maryland nursing facilities and other stakeholders, developed a plan for measuring accountability to indicate quality of care as part of a pay-for-performance program (P4P). "The primary goal of Maryland Medicaid's Nursing Home P4P program is to improve the quality of care for nursing home residents. Increasingly, health care payers and insurers are incorporating quality of care as one of the criteria used in reimbursement methodologies, thus linking pay to performance. As Medicaid is the largest payer for nursing facility care, a quality incentive program — or P4P initiative — has the potential to have a major impact on the quality of care for nursing facility residents."

 The following quality measures were used in the  DHMH's P4P model:

  • Maryland Health Care Commission Family Satisfaction Survey (40%)
  • Staffing Levels and Staff Stability in Nursing Facilities (40%)
  • Minimum Data Set (MDS) Clinical Quality Indicators (16%)
  • Employment of Infection Control Professional (2%)
  • Staff Influenza Immunizations (2%)

Because Brooke Grove Retirement Village is a continuing care retirement community, BGRNC does not receive any funds from the P4P initiative; nevertheless, Administrator Greg Porter and his staff are gratified to know that their compassionate commitment to quality care has resulted in the top ranking in the county.

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