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New Mexico Nursing Homes Receive 2017 HealthInsight Quality Award

Program Encourages Excellence in Patient Care

Albuquerque—Fifteen New Mexico nursing homes are being recognized today for demonstrating excellence in providing quality care.

The HealthInsight Quality Award Program promotes transparency in health care. Since 2004, the program has recognized nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies and outpatient medical practices and clinics in Utah and Nevada. This year, HealthInsight New Mexico and the New Mexico Health Care Association partnered to launch the program in our state. The inaugural awards were presented at the New Mexico Health Care Association’s 63rd Annual Convention and Exposition opening session today in Albuquerque.

The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation - Albuquerque
  • Colfax General Long Term Care – Springer

In order to meet criteria for the Quality Award, nursing homes had to rank in the top 25 percent of performers in the state, based on MDS 3.0 Quality Measures from Nursing Home Compare, as well as demonstrate a successfully implemented quality improvement program in their facilities.

In addition to the awards, 13 nursing homes were recognized with Certificates for Excellence in Care Coordination. Certificates were awarded based on rankings calculated from the three short-stay Medicare claims-based care coordination measures. Nursing homes that ranked in the top 25 percent nationally for at least two measures received certificates.

The 2017 Excellence in Care Coordination Certificate recipients are:

  • Casa de Oro Center – Las Cruces
  • Casa del Sol - Las Cruces
  • Casa Maria Healthcare Center and Pecos Valley Rehabilitation Center – Roswell
  • Española Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Española
  • Bayard Medical Center – Ft. Bayard
  • Heartland Continuing Care Center – Portales
  • La Vida Llena – Albuquerque
  • Las Palomas Center – Albuquerque
  • Life Care Center of Farmington – Farmington
  • The Montebello on Academy – Albuquerque
  • Raton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Raton
  • Retirement Ranches – Clovis
  • Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center – Albuquerque

"We are honored to recognize these outstanding nursing homes and the work they are doing to improve health care quality and patient care for the residents in New Mexico," said Margy Wienbar, HealthInsight New Mexico executive director. "Their commitment to quality of care reflects a dedication to some of the state’s most vulnerable individuals."

The HealthInsight Quality Award Program was launched in September 2004 to promote transparency in health care. According to the Institute of Medicine, transparency in health care is defined as a system that is "accountable to the public, works openly, makes results known, and builds trust through disclosure." By using available quality data to identify high-performing providers and publicizing the results, HealthInsight aims to help providers improve health care and help patients become more active and informed participants in that care.

The nursing home quality information is available by visiting and selecting Compare Nursing Homes in Your Area or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

HealthInsight is a nonprofit, community-based health care organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah and works to improve health and health care for patients and providers. The New Mexico Health Care Association is the state professional trade association for facility-based long term care providers with a mission to support its members and promote individual quality of life for the people they serve.

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