Hospitals are releasing too soon, but nursing homes can seize opportunities to reduce readmissions, INTERACT creator says

Share this article:

Nursing homes need to build relationships with their local hospitals to reduce unnecessary readmissions, cut costs and provide better care, a geriatric expert said Thursday.

Joseph Ouslander, M.D., who led the creation of the INTERACT system, addressed some of providers' key questions in a McKnight's webinar Thursday. Medline sponsored the event.

In response to the question, “Are hospitals releasing too soon?” Ouslander says many times, yes. But when that happens, it's a chance for nursing home leaders to reach out and strengthen the relationship with the hospital. Don't approach the hospital with a blame-and-shame mindset, Ouslander advises, but sit down and discuss how the care teams can work together.

Inviting hospital acute caregivers to the long-term care facility and building relationships based on mutual respect are important, he said. When a transfer occurs, make it a “warm handoff” by following up with a telephone call, a secure email, or some other form of person-to-person communication.

Ouslander also addressed how reducing readmissions can lead to substantial cost savings, and outlined the steps SNFs can take to successfully implement INTERACT or a similar quality improvement program. The full webinar and accompanying PowerPoint presentation are available here.

Share this article:
close

Next Article in News

More in News

Large hepatitis outbreak reaches 47 cases, podiatry company denies ManorCare's charges

The number of people infected in an infamous North Dakota Hepatitis C outbreak has risen, state health officials say.

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill ...

The National Quality Forum has come out in strong support of a proposed standardized quality measures, such as skin integrity, across different types of post-acute care settings. Uniform assessments are ...

CMS changes mind on hospice drugs

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services has revised guidance on authorization of hospice drugs for those under Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, according to a new memo.