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Post-acute partnerships now have become a widespread strategy to reduce hospital readmissions, survey finds

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Hospital partnerships with post-acute providers can be considered a "key strategy" in reducing readmissions, according to market data gathered by executive advisory service Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Reducing readmissions in 'the real world' at Sept. 30 webinar

Reducing readmissions in 'the real world' at Sept. 30 webinar

Attendees at a Sept. 30 McKnight's webinar will learn the latest information and real-world examples of how skilled nursing providers can survive and thrive by reducing readmissions. The one-hour event starts at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and is free to attend.

Redoing readmissions

Redoing readmissions

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When people are discharged from the hospital following an illness, injury or surgery, that's often not the end of the story.

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.

Feds: Tie ACO ratings to SNFs

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Accountable care organizations should be assessed on which patients bounce back to a member hospital within 30 days of being discharged to a skilled nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asserts in a proposed rule.

Taking action to reduce hospital returns

Taking action to reduce hospital returns

Today, Revera nursing centers are taking effective steps to bring down rehospitalization rates, control costs and improve patient outcomes.

Reducing readmissions should be No. 1 priority for reducing healthcare costs, quality experts say

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Reducing readmissions would have the most significant impact in bringing down U.S. healthcare costs, according to a survey of health quality experts.

 Skilled nursing facility readmissions should be an ACO quality measure, government proposes in payment rule

Skilled nursing facility readmissions should be an ACO quality measure, government proposes in payment rule

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Accountable care organizations should be assessed on the number of people who return to a member hospital within 30 days of being discharged to a skilled nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has stated in a proposed rule.

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.

Close the infection loop to reduce outbreak risk

Close the infection loop to reduce outbreak risk

The readmission scores of nursing homes will be posted to the Nursing Home Compare website beginning in 2017, and the VBP program will begin Oct. 1, 2018. For the first time, facilities will not just face financial penalties, they will be incentivized to reduce readmissions

Providers' payments tied to readmissions

Providers' payments tied to readmissions

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President Barack Obama signed legislation that ties skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018.

Pressure sore stats predict readmissions

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Compared with other quality measures, pressure ulcer prevalence is particularly good at predicting whether a nursing home will readmit residents to the hospital, according to findings published recently in HSR: Health Services Research.

Septicemia, urinary tract infections rank high on latest list of hospital readmissions causes

Septicemia, urinary tract infections rank high on latest list of hospital readmissions causes

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Two infectious conditions common in long-term care settings — septicemia and urinary tract infections — were among the top causes of hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries in 2011, according to recently released data.

Bill affecting skilled nursing facility payments, ICD-10 deadline passes House in controversial vote

Bill affecting skilled nursing facility payments, ICD-10 deadline passes House in controversial vote

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A bill linking skilled nursing facilities' Medicare payments to hospital readmissions passed the House of Representatives Thursday, through a voting method that provoked outrage from some legislators. The measure also would extend the ICD-10 transition period and prevent a looming physician pay cut.

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.

Life after consolidation: How LTC leaders can assimilate

Life after consolidation: How LTC leaders can assimilate

Consolidation, a fact of life in today's healthcare industry, is prevalent in the long-term care arena as well. Locally and regionally, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and home- and community-based service agencies are joining forces to share resources and achieve operating efficiencies.

Ask the nursing expert ... about reducing rehospitalizations

Ask the nursing expert ... about reducing rehospitalizations

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Everyone is talking about rehospitalizations. Can you please simplify this for me? As the leader in my facility, where do I start?

CMS announces declining readmission rate for Medicare patients, credits Affordable Care Act

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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.

Hospital observation stays increased more than 100%, AARP study finds

Hospital observation stays increased more than 100%, AARP study finds

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The frequency of hospital observation stays skyrocketed and long stays became much more common between 2001 and 2009, according to a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute.

SNFs progressing toward Quality Initiative goals, AHCA reports

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More than 6,000 skilled nursing facilities achieved notable gains in the first year of the American Health Care Association's Quality Initiative, the provider association announced yesterday.

Wounds unwelcome

Wounds unwelcome

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As hospitals look for post-acute provider partners, skilled nursing operators must gauge their effectiveness at post-operative care and wound prevention

Caremerge Technology introduces new app

Caremerge Technology has introduced "ReThink ReAdmission," an app that connects long-term care providers with hospitals.

AHCA will play offense to win reimbursement victories, new chief lobbyist says

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The nation's largest long-term care provider association will be proactive in the face of reimbursement threats, according to the organization's new lead lobbyist, Clifton Porter II.

Readmission fines target skilled care

Readmission fines target skilled care

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Skilled nursing operators often want the same treatment as hospitals. They might get their wish soon, though not necessarily in the way they hoped.

Providers that are extensions of hospitals will win in the ACO era, experts say

Providers that are extensions of hospitals will win in the ACO era, experts say

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Nursing homes and other post-acute providers should position themselves now as top-tier candidates for accountable care organizations, or they risk losing significant market share, experts said in a McKnight's webcast yesterday.

Gulf Coast receives highest Medicare payouts for post-acute care, CMS national databank shows

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States around the Gulf of Mexico and in the Rust Belt face the highest post-acute care costs in the nation, according to Medicare data released Monday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

$1 billion available for projects to 'rapidly reduce' post-acute care costs, CMS announces

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The second round of the Health Care Innovation Awards is now underway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesday. CMS will distribute up to $1 billion to fund projects that aim to improve care while cutting costs for the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

New calculation method would reduce readmissions penalties, CMS says

New calculation method would reduce readmissions penalties, CMS says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changing the way hospital readmission penalties are calculated as part of its 2014 Medicare rate update. Potential readmissions penalties for long-term care providers — such as those recently floated by the White House — would likely be based on the established CMS formula for hospitals.

Partnering to reduce readmissions

Partnering to reduce readmissions

As a long-term care geriatrician, it is my core belief that clinicians need to recognize the true value of what we can accomplish together by improving the quality of patient care through reducing avoidable hospitalizations.

Providers reduced hospital readmissions, AHCA progress report says

Providers reduced hospital readmissions, AHCA progress report says

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A majority of long-term care providers reduced hospital readmissions and the off-label use of antipsychotics within the last year, according to the American Health Care Association. The organization recently posted a progress report on the AHCA Quality Initiative, which was launched in February 2012.

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