Coordination Of Care

Proposed rules broaden opportunities for veterans needing post-acute care

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Newly proposed rules could impact veterans' nursing home care. One rule would provide more flexibility to veterans in terms of their healthcare benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs. A separate rule would prioritize government funding for state homes that provide care to veterans.

Care Coordination Summit to attract providers and other stakeholders to annual conference next Friday

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Long-Term care providers should be more interested than ever in what goes on at a daylong, national summit next week dedicated to improving care coordination. The event takes place Sept. 14 at the National Press Club in Washington. Experts will lead participants through sessions that will cover Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), improving care for individuals certified under both Medicaid and Medicare, and much more. Experts at the point of care will discuss forward-thinking initiatives and innovative best practices. In less than four weeks, hospitals will begin getting penalized financially for rehospitalization rates that are too high, thus making relationships with long-term care providers more important than ever.

ACOs making progress in improving care transition, survey finds

ACOs making progress in improving care transition, survey finds

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A snapshot of hospitals involved in accountable care organizations finds that they are making progress in improving the coordination of care.

Undiagnosed neurological condition could contribute to falls, fractures in the elderly, research finds

Undiagnosed neurological conditions such as cervical myelopathy could be the reason for many falls and hip fractures in the elderly, new research shows.

Functional impairments raise costs among chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries, report says

Functional impairments raise costs among chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries, report says

Medicare beneficiaries suffering from five or more chronic conditions and functional impairments are nearly twice as expensive as Medicare enrollees with only the chronic conditions, a new report finds.

Health and Human Services soliciting health IT data from nursing home vendors

Health and Human Services soliciting health IT data from nursing home vendors

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to study nursing home patient assessment data to determine whether health information technology standards can improve coordination of care.