Post-Acute Care

Keep your staff informed

Keep your staff informed

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The main barrier we all face is how we communicate with and educate our population, which means providing good information to both providers and consumers.

Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

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A top nursing home advocate on Thursday urged killing a bill calling for the bundling of Medicare payments for post-acute care services.

LTC docs advise against incontinence catheters

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AMDA is advising long-term caregivers against using indwelling urinary catheters to manage urinary incontinence — one of five practices or tests that lack scientific evidence to support their use in such settings, physicians say.

The future of our professions

The future of our professions

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ASCP's upcoming forum is designed for all post-acute care stakeholders involved in care transitions: consultant pharmacists; health care executives; and managers from long-term care facilities, pharmacy operations, home care, hospitals, and accountable care organizations.

Exploring transitions in care

Exploring transitions in care

As the president of an acute care hospital, as well as overseeing our medical system's post-acute division, I see the issues facing our frailest patients from both sides. I see patients receiving great care in our hospitals, but when they leave us to go home or to another facility, we may not have the opportunity to participate in their transitional care.

Patient curtain available for post-acute settings

Patient curtain available for post-acute settings

Valdese Weavers Contract has launched its initial collection of Privacy Curtain designs, which can be used in outpatient clinics or long-term care facilities.

This year holds promise for post-acute care

This year holds promise for post-acute care

Hospitals traditionally have viewed a patient's discharge as the endpoint of their care responsibilities. In reality, hospital stays frequently are just one step in ongoing episodes of care. Ensuring a smooth transition from acute to post-acute and long-term care settings is critical to achieving optimal health outcomes, as well as preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions and emergency department visits.

Aligning patient expectations to improve transition outcomes

Aligning patient expectations to improve transition outcomes

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It is critical for short-stay providers to take a close look at what can be done to ensure successful management of patient transitions, from admission to discharge and beyond. To minimize post-transition failures, short stay providers need to direct their attention toward implementing patient-centered care practices that examine the patient's expectations for recovery and ensure they align with reasonable and realistic outcomes.

60 seconds with ... Mark Parkinson

60 seconds with ... Mark Parkinson

Q: Last month was the third AHCA/NCAL annual conference with you at the helm, and the healthcare landscape has become increasingly complex. Is there something simple providers can focus on?

Post-acute standardized assessment bill passes House

Post-acute standardized assessment bill passes House

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A bill that would standardize data in post-acute settings moved closer to reality after a House of Representatives voice vote in its favor Tuesday. The House's approval of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT) drew praise from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

Is it any wonder this field has an identity crisis?

Is it any wonder this field has an identity crisis?

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What's in a name? That's a fairly topical question, given the many differing views on how best to describe the business we're in. Not that this field's identity crisis is a recent development.

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare merger to create huge long-term care provider with more than 500 facilities

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare merger to create huge long-term care provider with more than 500 facilities

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Genesis HealthCare and Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. will merge to create a single long-term and post-acute care company with more than 500 facilities nationwide, the providers announced Tuesday.

Successful acute- and post-acute care partnering the focus of Aug. 27 webcast

Successful acute- and post-acute care partnering the focus of Aug. 27 webcast

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Attendees will learn first-hand from a leading nursing executive at a free Aug. 27 McKnight's webcast how post-acute care providers can grow better relationships with acute-care partners. Martie Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ, the chief nursing officer for Medline Industries, will be the featured speaker. Leadership's role in lowering readmissions and delivering higher quality outcomes will be a focal point of the session.

Staffing for the 'new' LTC/post-acute care the focus of Aug. 19 webcast

Staffing for the 'new' LTC/post-acute care the focus of Aug. 19 webcast

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Attendees at a free McKnight's webcast Aug. 19 will hear how frontline execs have found success battling new caregiving challenges in long-term and post-acute care. The event will feature, among other topics, best labor and personnel strategies from Dan Leamon, vice president with Altercare of Ohio, and Diane Geis, Altercare's chief personnel officer.

MDI Achieve/MatrixCare licenses Hopkins risk assessment

MatrixCare has become the first EHR system for post-acute and long-term care to license the Johns Hopkins Fall Risk Assessment Tool aimed at preventing falls.

House and Senate take on bills that would standardize post-acute care data collection

House and Senate take on bills that would standardize post-acute care data collection

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Both houses of Congress now officially are considering bills to standardize assessments across various post-acute care provider types. The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees introduced companion versions of the "Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014" Thursday, after releasing a draft in March.

Technology is helping prevent readmissions, but integration across the care continuum remains a pressing goal, experts say

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As data sets increase for post-acute care, so will the need for standardization and the push for skilled nursing facilities to be connected with other health entities, experts said at a health information technology summit Tuesday.

naviHealth launches new post-acute care center

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naviHealth has announced the launch of the Post-Acute Care Center for Research in Washington, D.C. Partners Continuing Care of Massachusetts will serve as a founding member. Barbara Gage, Ph.D, will lead the center.

Also in the news for May 29, 2014 . . .

TX joins dual eligibles demo ... Hospitals continue to improperly code for post-acute transfers, OIG finds ... Home hospice owner gets 14-year sentence, $16M fine ... Deadly nursing home fire in South Korea

House bill would create site-neutral payments for post-acute care, could save Medicare $100 billion over a decade, lawmakers say

House bill would create site-neutral payments for post-acute care, could save Medicare $100 billion over a decade, lawmakers say

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Federal lawmakers have drafted a bill to implement bundled, site-neutral payments for post-acute services, which they say would save the Medicare program up to $100 billion over a decade.

Hospitals object to collecting their own data as part of post-acute reform, urge revisions to draft legislation

Hospitals object to collecting their own data as part of post-acute reform, urge revisions to draft legislation

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Hospitals should not be required to collect patient assessment data as part of an effort to revamp post-acute care, the leader of the American Hospital Association argued in a recent letter to top Congressional lawmakers.

Feds looking to QAPI, not penalties, for help

Feds looking to QAPI, not penalties, for help

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said they consider the upcoming Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement guidelines, not harsher penalties, as the better way to reduce adverse events in post-acute care.

AMDA to allow NPs, physician assistants as full members

AMDA to allow NPs, physician assistants as full members

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The American Medical Director's Association has a new name and will now allow nurse practitioners and physician's assistants full membership.

LTC must pursue collaboration to reduce readmissions

LTC must pursue collaboration to reduce readmissions

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Acute and post-acute providers are increasingly uniting around a shared goal - to lower hospital readmission rates for elderly and other vulnerable patients. Many caregivers and payers agree that readmission rates are unacceptably high.

Standardized tool for assessing post-acute care is floated in House and Senate

Standardized tool for assessing post-acute care is floated in House and Senate

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Lawmakers in both houses of Congress have unveiled a draft bill calling for post-acute care providers to furnish standard assessment data, with the goals of enabling better quality oversight and driving Medicare payment reform. The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees on Tuesday introduced companion versions of the "Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014" (IMPACT Act).

Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF care

Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF care

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About 22% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced an adverse event during a post-hospitalization skilled nursing facility stay in fiscal year 2011, and the majority of these events were preventable, according to a newly released government report. Post-acute provider groups said many initiatives to lower this percentage already are underway.

Care coordination is a part of performance measurement, MAP asserts

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There's a continuing need to align performance measurement across long-term care with other settings, and to increase care coordination, according to a new report from the Measure Applications Partnership.

Post-acute Medicare spending varies by location and how an episode of care is defined, CMS report shows

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A Medicare expenditure for an episode of post-hospital care in 2008 ranged from about $5,700 to $14,500, depending on how the episode was defined, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Learn how to use scorecards at Feb. 6 webinar

Learn how to use scorecards at Feb. 6 webinar

Speakers from Avalere Health will demonstrate how post-acute care providers can reduce costs and improve quality.

Physician relationships hold key to SNF success

Physician relationships hold key to SNF success

In the rapidly changing healthcare delivery system, SNFs will need to implement strategies to integrate physicians to retain their market share and be competitive. The incentives inherent in value-based reimbursement necessitate a transformation on the part of SNFs.

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