Readmission Penalties

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.

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.

MedPAC endorses readmissions penalties for home health, hospice benefit for Medicare Advantage

MedPAC endorses readmissions penalties for home health, hospice benefit for Medicare Advantage

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Home health providers should be subject to Medicare reimbursement penalties based on hospital readmission rates, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

ACA put the brakes on spending across the care continuum, White House economists say

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Spending on healthcare, including skilled nursing care, has grown at a historically slow rate in the last three years, according to a new analysis from the Council of Economic Advisers. The group, which reports to the president, linked the slow growth to Affordable Care Act policies.

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?

AHCA praises House committee for considering broad Medicare reforms

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Prompted by a hearing of the House Ways & Means Committee, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living has reiterated a call for bipartisan action to reform Medicare without further steep reimbursement cuts.

Long-term care providers, hospitals successfully partner to reduce rehospitalizations

Long-term care providers, hospitals successfully partner to reduce rehospitalizations

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Long-term care facilities that coordinate with other healthcare providers play a vital role in reducing rehospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study published January 23 in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Medicare's hospital readmission penalties kick in

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On Monday, Medicare began fining nearly two-thirds of hospitals that have high numbers of patients who are readmitted within 30 days of discharge for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia.

Hospital readmission penalties could transform relationships with SNFs, experts say

Hospital readmission penalties could transform relationships with SNFs, experts say

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Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants in a McKnight's webcast Tuesday.