What is ETTA?
In 2010, trade associations, nursing home administrators, medical directors, directors of nursing, professional associations, and the Department of Health came together to address the increasing need for highly trained practitioners to provide increasingly complex care to long-term, frail, clinically complex, resource-intensive post-acute patients to enhance continuity of care and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations.
The result of the workgroup's efforts was a set of performance standards and guidelines for nursing home medical directors and attending physicians to address the need to improve health outcomes and quality of life for nursing home residents in New York State.
Officially launched on January 1, 2014, the Nursing Home Medical Director and Attending Physician Guidelines Education, Training, and Technical Assistance (ETTA) Project is a joint initiative of the Department of Health, Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), Leading Age NY, New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC), American Geriatrics Society (AGS), New York Medical Directors Association, and the New York Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA).
The ETTA project is designed especially for the leadership triad of nursing homes—the administrator, director of nursing, and medical director. Project participants will have the benefit of multi-year education targeted at improving their working relationships, organizational effectiveness, and ultimately patient and resident care. A select number of facilities will also have the opportunity to apply for engaging in the project as "ETTA" facilities to receive tools and training specially designed to improve knowledge, competence, and patient care.