Rehospitalization

More than 40% of sepsis re-hospitalizations preventable: JAMA

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As long-term care providers face looming pressures to avoid re-hospitalization under the Affordable Care Act, new research has found that over 40% of all return visits among severe sepsis patients are for diagnoses that could have been prevented.

Lowering rehospitalization rates a focus at Online Expo

Lowering rehospitalization rates a focus at Online Expo

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While providers have made some progress with reducing rehospitalizations, the era of managed care organizations and better hospital partnerships means new strategies are needed. Attendees at the McKnight's Online Expo this month will learn nursing practices to reduce rehospitalizations and attract partners during the Quality session.

Reducing rehospitalizations and antipsychotics top-of-mind for long-term care providers at AHCA/NCAL convention

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Developing effective relationships with hospitals begins by joining, initiating or hosting a cross continuum team at a long-term care provider's campus, an expert in senior care said Monday.

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.

Expanded role empowering yet stifling for many nurses

Expanded role empowering yet stifling for many nurses

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Efforts at reducing rehospitalization of nursing home residents can empower nurses, but such initiatives can also put them in challenging positions, according to study results published in the May issue of Research in Gerontological Nursing.

Optimistic beginning for a hospital-avoidance program

Optimistic beginning for a hospital-avoidance program

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It's not hard to see why federal regulators want fewer residents going to hospitals. It's good to see somebody's trying to make it happen, too.

Close, specific hospital-SNF partnerships drive down readmission rates, researchers find

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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.

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.

'Teachback' as a tool in rehospitalizations

'Teachback' as a tool in rehospitalizations

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When I was a child, I had various non-life-threatening medical problems. Any treatment involved a lengthy discussion with my healthcare provider. Which is why I started laughing when I came across an example Mark V. Williams, M.D., a professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, uses to explain "teachback.

Reducing rehospitalizations at Aug. 28 webinar

Reducing rehospitalizations at Aug. 28 webinar

Long-term care providers can learn about how to reduce rehospitalizations at an Aug. 28 webinar.

This new care model has  stitch-in-time approach

This new care model has stitch-in-time approach

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Every enterprise needs worker bees. Clearly, if the work is going to get done, those on the frontline — and elsewhere — must soldier on. But if an enterprise — be it a company, industry or other entity — is going to survive into the future, it also needs a visionary. Without forward-looking inspiration, any enterprise will surely fade, just as a houseplant will shrivel without mindful tending.

Pathway Health and Redilearning launch first series

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Pathway Health and Redilearning Corp, which recently announced a partnership, have a new 10-course package on rehospitalization. Participants will learn how to avoid unnecessary rehospitalizations and come away with concrete operational tools, the companies said. Specific topics include heart failure and an introduction to INTERACT.

Long-term care nurse training, retention need boost, executive says

Long-term care nurse training, retention need boost, executive says

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Finding and training qualified nurses remains one of the field's top challenges, the head of a top senior care nurses' group said Monday.

Play to your strengths

Play to your strengths

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Hospitals are penalized for high readmission rates, but you know that. Today's hospital penalty is determined by looking at Medicare beneficiaries leaving an acute care stay with a hospital DRG of heart failure, heart attack or pneumonia. But you know that, too.

Hoping for some 'observation stay' sanity

Hoping for some 'observation stay' sanity

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It was welcome news Tuesday to learn that the confirmation hearing for the person who could officially wind up holding the purse strings for most nursing home payments was civil. Even better was the nominee saying she would look into the ridiculous state of affairs concerning hospital observation stays.

ONLINE EXPO UNDERWAY: Technology pioneer demonstrates how animated characters can improve senior care

ONLINE EXPO UNDERWAY: Technology pioneer demonstrates how animated characters can improve senior care

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Encouraging residents to talk to animated agents could improve adherence to medication, reduce the need for restraints and lower rehospitalization rates. That's what Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D., said during his Wednesday webcast on the first day of the seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo.

CMS announces 20 new participants in program to improve transitions, reduce rehospitalizations

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced 20 new organizations participating in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), which is an initiative to cut down on hospital readmissions by facilitating better patient transitions between acute and post-acute providers.

Data sharing a major benefit of bundled payment groups, Medicare administrator says

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Increased coordination among acute and post-acute providers has reduced rehospitalization rates, signaling that healthcare reform is working, a senior Medicare official told the Senate Finance Committee on Feb. 28.

Urge focus on whole person

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Long-term care providers should treat residents holistically, rather than narrowing in on an illness, to reduce rehospitalization rates, researchers recommended recently.

Feb. 28 McKnight's webcast to explore how providers can help lower rehospitalization rates

Feb. 28 McKnight's webcast to explore how providers can help lower rehospitalization rates

The penalties have been here for nearly half a year, but do long-term care providers really know what hospitals want in a post-acute partner in care? McKnight's is offering a free webcast so that providers can learn where they "need to be" with regard to avoiding hospital readmissions." The event, which starts at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Feb. 28, also will deliver strategies for how skilled nursing facilities can help prevent readmissions. Joe Ouslander, M.D., senior associate dean and geriatrics professor at Florida Atlantic University, will lead the presentation. McKnight's Editor James M. Berklan will moderate.

Readmission numbers held steady for Medicare patients in years before CMS penalties: report

Readmission numbers held steady for Medicare patients in years before CMS penalties: report

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Hospital readmission rates for Medicare patients remained steady between 2008 and 2010, with variations between regions, according to a report released Monday.

Researchers urge a broad-based approach to cut Medicare rehospitalizations

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Efforts to reduce the rehospitalization rate for older patients should not strictly focus on measures tied to particular diseases or diagnoses, researchers recently proposed.

Making DNRs a part of SNFs

Making DNRs a part of SNFs

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For all the talk about reducing rehospitalizations, there seems to be a big element missing, according to the New York Times: that of talking.

Data supremacy and how hospitals and nursing homes are alike

Data supremacy and how hospitals and nursing homes are alike

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To the owners and operators of skilled nursing facilities: If you don't think you and hospitals aren't much alike, think again. That seemed to be one of the strongest messages out of a focus group I recently took part in.

It's no time for providers to stick their heads in the sand

It's no time for providers to stick their heads in the sand

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Some things I believe and some things I know. And I believe I know there is nothing more important for long-term care providers to do than getting better prepared for an intensified push to decrease rehospitalization rates.

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.

Heart failure readmission rates tied to regional socioeconomic factors, research shows

Heart failure readmission rates tied to regional socioeconomic factors, research shows

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Socioeconomic differences and factors such as the availability of physicians have a bigger impact on readmission rates for heart failure than a provider's performance, a new study asserts.

Risk factors for hospital readmission following a stroke identified, researchers say

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Three key factors can help determine which patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation following a stroke are at a higher risk for being readmitted to the hospital, a new study finds.

Infections raise risk of dangerous blood clots in the elderly, study finds

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Seniors suffering from virtually any type of infection are more likely to be hospitalized for dangerous blood clots in their deep veins or lungs, a new study finds.

SNFs should focus on partnerships, quality, to weather uncertain future, experts say

In order to survive an uncertain financial and regulatory environment, skilled nursing operators need to look at partnering with other healthcare systems and improving the quality of care, analysts say.