In life, as Donald Rumsfeld once said, there are known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. This may sound like gobbledygook, but it's actually relevant to business and long-term care.
Recognizing the need to bring down hospital readmissions, AristaCare turned to eSNF's telemedicine solution a year ago. In seven out of 10 cases in which eSNF is used, an admission is avoided, says Steve Piszar, vice president of managed care and physician services at AristaCare.
Virginia based Centra Health has selected HealthMEDX Vision to aid its technology-related efforts.
The drug digoxin, also known as digitalis, may be an inexpensive way to cut the rehospitalization rate of heart failure patients by more than 30%, according to researchers.
As healthcare reform is implemented and hospitals are facing stiff readmission penalties, they will be looking for new models of care and strong post-discharge partners to help reduce avoidable readmissions. Extending the care and support for patients outside the hospital is one way hospitals can help improve care for our large aging population with multiple chronic conditions.
Increasing hospice enrollment would improve care for beneficiaries while saving the Medicare program millions of dollars annually, according to a study in the March issue of Health Affairs.
One-quarter of hospital admissions among Medicare beneficiaries are preventable, with the leading cause for those readmissions is heart failure, a Medicare advisory board report noted.
Hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries dipped slightly between 2009 and 2011, which is good news for hospitals facing readmission penalties starting Oct. 1.
Seventeen new sites, which includes some skilled nursing facilities, were added to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services care transitions program, the agency announced Friday.
Post-acute care providers must be proactive and initiate conversations with hospitals and other community provider partners to ensure they are at the table when strategic partnerships are developed. They must come to these conversations armed with a more sophisticated understanding of their own readmission rates and a clear roadmap on how they plan to reduce them over time.
Three Affordable Care Act initiatives often touted as coordinating care and improving outcomes for elderly adults could actually make their circumstances worse, a new study suggests.
Socioeconomic differences and factors such as the availability of physicians have a bigger impact on readmission rates for heart failure than a provider's performance, a new study asserts.
Long-term care providers continually struggle with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). They can find answers to the challenge at a McKnight's no-cost webcast at 1 p.m. (Eastern) June 20. During this CEU-approved webcast, providers will learn specific ways to reduce HAIs, as well as how to improve regulatory compliance and how best practices can give you a leg up on the competition.
Forty states have either frozen or cut Medicaid-financed nursing home care for seniors between 2009 and 2011, a new survey has found.
Long-term care providers have plenty at stake when it comes to the issue of hospital readmissions, and working to reduce them. As debt ceiling talks and federal budget woes raise the specter of additional cuts to programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, it behooves LTC providers to seek creative solutions to curb healthcare spending and retain revenue.
Seniors who leave hospitals and are placed in transitional care programs are far less likely to be return, two new studies assert. The authors cite both health and cost benefits of these post-acute options.