Post-Acute

Also in the news for June 18, 2014 . . .

FDA licenses cell-culture flu vaccines to make U.S. "pandemic ready" ... Short-term, post-acute care in SNFs has not been studied well, analysis finds ... Fecal transplants cure C. diff by doing more than supplying missing "bug"

Strong market intelligence builds partnership opportunities for post-acute care, hospitals

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Post-acute care providers must understand how payment is being realigned and gather market data in order to form partnerships with hospitals, healthcare business strategy experts said Thursday.

Kindred launches hostile takeover bid for home health company Gentiva, deal valued at $1.6 billion

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Kindred Healthcare has launched a hostile takeover to acquire home health company Gentiva, announcing a $533 million bid Thursday. The total deal would be valued at $1.6 billion, including assumed debt.

Government proposes long-term care EHR certification criteria, seeks provider comments

Government proposes long-term care EHR certification criteria, seeks provider comments

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Long-term care providers might soon be able to look for the government's seal of approval when shopping for electronic health records systems, if newly proposed certification criteria take effect.

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.

CMS calls for additional participants in post-acute bundled payments programs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a call for additional providers to take part in a bundled payment program that involves post-acute care.

Many post-acute providers anticipate being acquired by more tech-savvy competitors, survey shows

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Nearly half of post-acute providers anticipate they will be acquired by an organization with better technological capabilities in 2015, according to survey results released today.

Post-acute providers are merging to reduce Medicare exposure and expand their menu of services, market analyst says

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Post-acute providers are seeking deals that diversify their services and limit financial exposure related to Medicare reimbursement rates, according to an analysis from investment banking firm Triple Tree.

60 seconds with ... Rep. Diane Black

60 seconds with ... Rep. Diane Black

Q: You recently introduced a bipartisan bill to create a bundled payment system that would give a lump sum to acute and post-acute providers for a single episode of care. What makes your plan different?

Feds join suit against hospitalist company

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The federal government has joined in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that a large hospitalist company engaged in systematic "upcoding" of Medicare and Medicaid claims.

Bipartisan bill proposes new provider networks to serve chronically ill seniors

Bipartisan bill proposes new provider networks to serve chronically ill seniors

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Skilled nursing and rehabilitation providers would be able to join networks dedicated to treating chronically ill Medicare patients, under a new bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday in both houses of Congress. The "Better Care, Lower Cost Act" seeks to establish the Better Care Program, which would enable healthcare providers to form networks similar to accountable care organizations, but with a special focus on coordinating care for those with chronic conditions.

House bill would offer lump-sum Medicare payments to hospitals, post-acute providers

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Skilled nursing facilities and other post-acute providers would be eligible to participate in a Medicare bundled payment system proposed in a House of Representatives bill unveiled Thursday.

Newly endorsed quality measure assesses Medicare costs for a whole episode of care

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The National Quality Forum has endorsed a controversial hospital quality measure that assesses Medicare costs for a whole episode of care, including time spent in post-acute settings, the organization recently announced.

An expensive doorstop

An expensive doorstop

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It's hard to reflect on the Commission on Long-Term Care's recently submitted report without getting hacked off. To call it a fool's errand would be to insult misdirected dimwits.

Report: Providers should prepare for managed care partnerships for dual-eligibles services

Report: Providers should prepare for managed care partnerships for dual-eligibles services

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Managed care organizations are set to play a bigger role in how long-term care is provided for people currently eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, and providers should focus on having the right capabilities in place for them, according to a new report. Released by merchant bank TripleTree, it also identifies technology vendors enabling these capabilities in the long-term and post-acute care settings.

Ask the nursing expert ... about readmissions penalties

Ask the nursing expert ... about readmissions penalties

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What do we need to know about federal authorities coming out with more penalties for hospitals?

naviHealth, Health Alliance team up

naviHealth, a post-acute care management company and Health Alliance (a health plan for 300,000 people in Iowa and Illinois), recently announced an expanded partnership that will provide access to personalized post-acute care for Health Alliance Medicare Advantage members.

New scoring system could identify patients at risk of readmission, improve transitions between acute and post-acute settings, researchers say

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Researchers have developed a scoring system to determine which hospital patients are at highest risk of readmission within 30 days of discharge, potentially helping acute and post-acute providers focus on high-intensity transition care for these patients.

New stroke guidelines stress fast treatment, involvement of caregivers outside hospital

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Rapid treatment and vigilant, trained post-acute care providers allow the damage caused by strokes to be minimized, according to guidelines released Thursday by the American Stroke Association.

Effective delirium treatments continue to elude researchers

Delirium during hospitalization affects up to seven million adults every year, increases the likelihood of needing post-acute or nursing home care and doubles a patient's risk of death. And, according to a new study, there is no way to prevent or treat it.

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