A growing number of hospitals have found a novel way to reduce readmission rates: insist that patients are sicker than they really are.
I encourage providers to pause and pat themselves on the back. That's because 30-day hospital readmission rates have dropped in all states except one over the past five years.
An hour-long educational coaching session and up to three follow-up phone calls reduced readmissions by 39% among Medicare patients, a new study finds.
Skilled nursing facilities face increasing pressure to decrease the rate of hospital readmissions for their residents. A special McKnight's webinar June 18 will focus on strategies providers can use to improve their readmit rates. The free event starts at 2 p.m. Eastern and will feature speakers Michael K. Lin, PhD, chief scientific officer, and Andrew M. Kramer, MD, chief executive officer, both of Providigm.
Long-term care providers have a stronger hook than they probably realize regarding the toughening of penalties for hospitals with high readmission rates.
Dramatic drop in hospital inpatient readmissions cannot be explained by a shift to observation stays, researchers findApril 25, 2014
Hospitals achieved a notable reduction in their inpatient readmissions rate in 2012 and were not using observation stays to game the system, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services researchers. That means it is possible increases in the quality of care and care coordination are working in reducing readmissions.
Improved transitions between acute and post-acute settings are partly responsible for continuing nationwide declines in hospital readmission rates, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
A strong relationship between a hospital and a skilled nursing facility reduces the readmission rate among patients discharged to that SNF, according to recently published research.
RosieConnect's mobile, wireless, immediate transmission of vitals, weight and glucose from bedside or point-of-care to receiving EMR's delivers nursing time-savings, elimination of documentation errors, rapid alerts which speed care plan intervention to prevent resident deterioration that can lead to hospital readmissions — and the concomitant penalties.
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.