Variation and growth in post-acute care spending has earned PAC a spot on hospital and health systems' priority list for cost-saving opportunities. The success of new care delivery models — particularly hospital-driven bundles and accountable care organizations — also is dependent on reduced utilization and episodic cost management in non-hospital settings.
A provider client once said to me, "I don't understand all this 'statistical gobbledygook.' Tell me why I should care and how I can actually use this." It was a valid request.
In post-acute care, particularly the SNF future, it can be "Great" but there are so many "Perhaps" that the definition of what "Great" is going to be is unclear.
One of the clearest lessons I've learned while being her advocate is that administrators who want to establish and maintain positive relationships with family caregivers of dementia residents must remain attentive to family caregiver concerns.
Today, Revera nursing centers are taking effective steps to bring down rehospitalization rates, control costs and improve patient outcomes.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the author described how hospitals are using interactive video to give patients more access to medical care. So why not nursing homes?
It is important to note that innovation and technology are not interdependent. Innovation can happen without technology; however, technology is a tool that can help improve processes and outcomes.
Did you know that the World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world?
Providing a safe handoff during discharge from a skilled nursing facility is the operator's responsibility. Unfortunately, it's not happening enough. SNFs without effective discharge planning processes can put their residents at risk and may be at risk for poor reputation and possible penalties themselves.
How important is social support as one ages? You may find that this is not an easy question to answer. Most people do not choose isolation and loneliness versus spending time with companions.
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