Readmission

Readmissions project brings 17% drop in hospitalizations

Readmissions project brings 17% drop in hospitalizations

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A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services program created to reduce hospital readmissions among nursing home residents has shown positive results after three years, the agency announced.

New option for readmissions analytics

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Medline Industries and Real Time Medical Systems announced a partnership in October geared to reducing hospital readmissions.

NCAL extends assisted living quality campaign through 2018

NCAL extends assisted living quality campaign through 2018

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Assisted living quality initiatives will focus on increasing satisfaction while reducing turnover, re-admissions and antipsychotics use, the National Center for Assisted Living announced on Tuesday.

Companion bills target 'unfair' hospital readmission policies

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House and Senate lawmakers on Tuesday double-teamed Congress with companion bills aimed at mitigating hospital readmission penalties — a positive move for nursing homes because it would ease the invariable scrutiny that surrounds readmitted low-income and dual-eligible patients.

Medication management tied to hospitalizations

Medication management tied to hospitalizations

Plans are being put into place that will also penalize the skilled nursing facility for avoidable readmissions. As such, to distinguish oneself as a desirable downstream provider, one must effectively manage these high risk patient's care

Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds

Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds

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A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents' risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings in the latest issue of the American Medical Association journal JAMA.

Shedding light on the impact of hospice care

Shedding light on the impact of hospice care

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While there seems to be some disagreement over Malcolm Gladwell's posit that doing something for 10,000 hours will make you a master at it, the idea that practice leads at least to improvement has received another shot in the arm. (That would be hospice providers you hear cheering in the background.)

Coaching sessions reduce hospital readmissions, study finds

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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.

Readmission numbers drop

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Readmissions of seniors to a hospital within a month of discharge declined in 2013, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Discharge to a skilled nursing facility lowers readmission rate for those with dementia, study finds

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People with dementia who are discharged from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility are less likely to be readmitted than those discharged to other settings, according to recently published research.

Minnesota nursing homes have lowest rate of hospitalizations, Mississippi and Louisiana the highest, report finds

Minnesota nursing homes have lowest rate of hospitalizations, Mississippi and Louisiana the highest, report finds

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The rate at which nursing home residents are hospitalized bears a close relationship to how well a state provides healthcare for low-income people, according to a new report from the private research foundation The Commonwealth Fund.

CMS issues more in-depth survey guidelines to reduce readmissions; invites comments on assistant reporting

CMS issues more in-depth survey guidelines to reduce readmissions; invites comments on assistant reporting

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised the provider certification manual for hospitals, giving more in-depth guidelines around discharge planning. The goal is for hospitals to reduce readmissions by partnering with post-acute providers.

Report shows slow progress on reducing antipsychotics, but AHCA renews 15% goal for 2013

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Skilled nursing providers fell well short of reaching a 15% reduction in off-label antipsychotic use by the end of 2012, the American Health Care Association announced Monday.

Long-term care nurses gain power through physician assessment tool: expert

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Long-term care nurses should embrace a physician assessment tool in INTERACT II as a way to reduce hospital readmissions, a compliance expert emphasizes.

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

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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.

Medication adherence strategies for lowering hospital readmission rates

Medication adherence strategies for lowering hospital readmission rates

Nearly one in five Medicare patients return to the hospital within a month of discharge, costing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) an extra $17.5 billion in 2010. Multi-medication packaging solutions aggregate all of a patient's daily medications into small, portable and easy-to-use punch cards, typically segmented in a calendar format for easy use.

Readmission penalties could harm hospitals and SNFs

Readmission penalties could harm hospitals and SNFs

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Economic incentives - both good and bad - are a proven way to modify behavior. But what happens when an economic penalty is based on a dubious premise? Many hospitals may soon be forced to answer that question. And many skilled care operators may have to live with some very unwelcome fallout.

Turning a challenge into an opportunity

Turning a challenge into an opportunity

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Many nursing home administrators are not sleeping well these days. If it's any consolation, hospital administrators are probably catching even fewer winks.

Hospital-based efforts to prevent readmissions for heart conditions found to be lacking, research finds

Hospital-based efforts to prevent readmissions for heart conditions found to be lacking, research finds

Comprehensive plans to prevent hospital readmissions for heart failure and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in U.S. hospitals are spotty at best, new research suggests.

Texas long-term care becomes big winner in receipt of federal innovation grants

Texas long-term care becomes big winner in receipt of federal innovation grants

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Texas has received a windfall of federal funding to test care coordination programs between acute and long-term care providers.

Hospitals making little headway in preventing readmissions, report finds

Hospitals have made little progress in decreasing the volume of readmissions of individuals treated for acute and chronic illnesses according to a new report.