The recent publication of the SNF PPS Proposed rule for FY 2017 seekd to unite post-acute providers by aligning payment incentives and overlapping value-based penalties. It might be trickier than it looks.
I was truly surprised when I didn't hear long-term care leaders excitedly jumping around, yelling, "See! See! Us too! Us too!" last week. It was a simple report, sure, but one that should have sent the frantic-meter bouncing.
McKnight's 9th Annual Online Expo kicks off Wednesday, and organizers are bracing for record numbers of attendees.
It's hard to sit on one's hands when caregiving issues are in play. Yet, that's exactly what I'd recommend with regard to at least one initiative aimed at lowering hospital readmissions.
PointRight Inc. and COMS Interactive announced plans to join forces with clinical, sales and marketing resources.
PointRight Inc. has announced its PointRight® Pro 30™ rehospitalizations metric is now used in more than 9,000 skilled nursing facilities.
Today, Revera nursing centers are taking effective steps to bring down rehospitalization rates, control costs and improve patient outcomes.
This is going to sound terribly wrong on the face of it. There's no way around it. It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has just bought itself a whole lot of credibility.
Everyone is talking about rehospitalizations. Can you please simplify this for me? As the leader in my facility, where do I start?
If you're feeling the suction of the end-of-year vortex grabbing you, you're certainly not alone. Whether it's holiday preparations, work deadlines, challenging weather or a combination of them, you have company. Even if it's just me, you would have company.
Senior care providers dedicated to meeting the needs of this population must adjust to assure easy access to needed resources and services. One approach is the development of partnerships between senior care providers and community groups and organizations.
AHCA/NCAL names new board leaders, Parkinson says providers' survival depends on quality improvementOctober 10, 2013
Leonard Russ will lead the American Health Care Association's Board of Governors as its new chairman, the organization has announced. The nation's largest long-term care provider association concluded its annual convention and expo yesterday.
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.
When it comes to talk about palliative care and rehospitalizations, what should a provider do when the family is insistent on sending their loved one back to the hospital?
How could we not see it coming? That's the question I asked myself Tuesday.
Most of us are familiar with the statistics: one in five Medicare patients is readmitted within 30 days, at a cost of $26 billion annually. But the personal experiences behind readmissions tell a much more compelling - and prescriptive - story about the problem.
Skilled nursing facilities that have fewer rehospitalizations are likely to retain their licensed nurses at a higher rate than other SNFs, according to a study in the April issue of Gerontology.
Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities should be cut 4% in 2014 and then steadily reduced in subsequent years, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission said in a March 15 report to Congress. Rates should be decreased to achieve $10 billion in savings by 2018, the group said.
The drug digoxin, also known as digitalis, may be an inexpensive way to cut the rehospitalization rate of heart failure patients by more than 30%, according to researchers.
As part of an effort to improve coordination among different care settings and reduce rehospitalizations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is now accepting two new codes related to transitional care.
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.
Quicker hospital discharges have not led to increased readmissions or deaths, according to a study of Veterans Administration hospitals published Tuesday.
The latest in a long line of successful McKnight's webcasts will give listeners "The Key to Quality in 2013: Staffing" on Nov. 8. Attendees of the no-cost event will learn how heavily staffing and labor management can influence the quality of a provider's operation. Best practices, key benefits and more will be offered on issues ranging from overtime to preventing rehospitalizations. This special session also will include answers to questions about staffing and labor management that attendees submitted in the weeks ahead of the event. Shelly Szarek-Skodny, the president and CEO of Legacy Business partners, and Mark Woodka, CEO of OnShift Software, will be the featured speakers. McKnight's Editor James M. Berklan will moderate.
Care2Learn has announced the availability of 14 online courses that help reduce rehospitalizations. The modules address health issues most likely to trigger rehospitalizations.
With the new penalties for rehospitalizations underway, LeadingAge Chairwoman Audrey Weiner said that providers are working hard to improve the process that moves patients from hospitals to aftercare.
McKesson Medical-Surgical and PointRight Inc. recently announced an agreement to bring analytics and solutions aimed at reducing readmissions to the long-term care sector.
AHCA convention attendees urged to rise up in face of looming funding cuts; better moderate use of antipsychoticsOctober 09, 2012
Long-term care providers were given the truth during the opening session of the 63rd annual convention of the American Health Care Association: More funding cuts are on the way. Among the other hot topics discussed during educational sessions Monday at the Tampa Convention Center were the use of antipsychotics and avoidable rehospitalizations.
By adopting a wireless daily living documentation tool, Hearthstone Health Center lowered its hospital readmission rates by 5.5%. That earned Hearthstone the Gold Award in the Transitions category of the McKnight's Technology Awards — Connect Our World.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would reimburse providers for coordination of care services.
Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants in a McKnight's webcast Tuesday.