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Better Care, Better Quality: Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations of Nursing Home Residents

Rantz, Marilyn J. PhD, RN, FAAN; Flesner, Marcia K. PhD, RN; Franklin, JoAnn DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, MHNP; Galambos, Colleen PhD, ACSW, LCSW, LCSW-C; Pudlowski, Jacki LCSW, NHA; Pritchett, Angelita LMSW; Alexander, Greg PhD, RN; Lueckenotte, Annette MSN, RN, FNGNA

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000145
Departments: Innovations in Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care

Sinclair School of Nursing (Drs Rantz, Flesner, Franklin, and Alexander and Ms Lueckenotte) and School of Social Work (Dr Galambos), University of Missouri, Columbia; and NHC Healthcare, Desloge, Missouri (Mss Pudlowski and Pritchett).

Correspondence: Marilyn J. Rantz, PhD, RN, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 (

This project is supported by grant number 1E1CMS331080 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovations Center and Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office ( The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the CMS.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

The purpose of this column is to discuss innovations and quality improvement advancements across the various long-term care settings. This column is coordinated by Marilyn J. Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN, NHA

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