Hospital Readmissions

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Hospital readmissions declined again in 2013, Sebelius credits provider partnerships

Hospital readmissions declined again in 2013, Sebelius credits provider partnerships

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The number of seniors readmitted to a hospital within a month of discharge continued to decline in 2013, according to data released Wednesday by the government. The trend shows that greater coordination between different healthcare providers is paying off, said outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Senate passes 'doc fix' bill that links skilled nursing facility payments to hospital readmissions, delays ICD-10

Senate passes 'doc fix' bill that links skilled nursing facility payments to hospital readmissions, delays ICD-10

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Both houses of Congress now have passed legislation to tie skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018. The Senate approved the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014" in a 64 to 35 vote Monday evening. Prominent long-term care provider associations LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living supported the bill.

MedPAC report shows providers making progress, quality contractor says

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's latest report to Congress was submitted Friday with previously known recommendations for payment levels. But largely lost among the 400-page report also was a body of research indicating that long-term care providers are showing progress in quality improvement activities, said a prominent quality researcher.

House bill would ease readmissions penalties for hospitals that treat many dual eligibles and low-income seniors

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Hospitals that treat a high percentage of patients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid would get a break on readmissions penalties if a new bill in the House of Representatives were to become law. Dual eligible beneficiaries have low incomes, are likely to have chronic or complex conditions, and often reside in long-term care facilities.

More than 20% of Medicare beneficiaries seek hospital care within a month of nursing home discharge, researchers find

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A large number of rehabilitation patients seek hospital care shortly after being discharged from a nursing facility, according to recently published research.

Telemedicine reduces nursing homes' hospital readmissions if staff engagement is high, researchers find

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Skilled nursing facilities that implement a telemedicine service and teach staff to use it could reduce their hospital readmissions, but current payment systems do not encourage this, according to a forthcoming study in Health Affairs.

Spray on the PAM to reduce readmissions

Spray on the PAM to reduce readmissions

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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.

I couldn't live without ... eSNF telemedicine solution

I couldn't live without ... eSNF telemedicine solution

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.

Centra Health and HealthMEDX partner

Virginia based Centra Health has selected HealthMEDX Vision to aid its technology-related efforts.

Low-cost drug could cut heart patient rehospitalizations by a third, researchers find

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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.

Using technology-enabled care models to reduce readmissions

Using technology-enabled care models to reduce readmissions

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.

Increased hospice enrollment would save Medicare millions each year, researchers find

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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.

MedPAC: A quarter of Medicare hospital readmissions are preventable

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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.

Slight dip in hospital readmission rates, MedPAC study finds

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Hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries dipped slightly between 2009 and 2011, which is good news for hospitals facing readmission penalties starting Oct. 1.

CMS adds new providers to care transition program

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.

A plan for post-acute care providers looking to better coordinate care

A plan for post-acute care providers looking to better coordinate care

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.

Affordable Care Act laws targeting elderly could harmful consequences, study suggests

Affordable Care Act laws targeting elderly could harmful consequences, study suggests

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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.

Heart failure readmission rates tied to regional socioeconomic factors, research shows

Heart failure readmission rates tied to regional socioeconomic factors, research shows

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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.

Webcast to focus on facility-acquired infections, hospital readmissions

Webcast to focus on facility-acquired infections, hospital readmissions

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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.

As states cut Medicaid funds, nursing home group proposes bad debt fix

Forty states have either frozen or cut Medicaid-financed nursing home care for seniors between 2009 and 2011, a new survey has found.

Getting proactive on hospital readmissions

Getting proactive on hospital readmissions

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.

Transitional care programs lower hospital readmission rates, two studies show

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.