New Importance of the Nursing Home
Role in the Improvement of Medical Care
Nationwide efforts are under way to improve the quality of care given at nursing homes. If nursing homes are to become an integral part of the network of institutions sustaining the health of the community, as now seems indicated, they obviously must meet certain standards. To this end, the American Medical Association is cooperating with the American Nursing Home Association1 on a program for accreditation of the homes.
At the same time, insurance companies are pushing for professionalization of nursing homes. Health insurance policies could then be regularly written to include nursing home services along with hospitalization among benefits to policy-holders. Many proprietors of nursing homes are willing cooperators in all these efforts, for ...