Rehospitalizations

PointRight and COMS announce partnership

PointRight Inc. and COMS Interactive announced plans to join forces with clinical, sales and marketing resources.

PointRight® Pro 30™ use tops 9,000 facilities

PointRight Inc. has announced its PointRight® Pro 30™ rehospitalizations metric is now used in more than 9,000 skilled nursing facilities.

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.

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

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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.

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?

Such a bargain: 2013 closeout has plenty of concerns

Such a bargain: 2013 closeout has plenty of concerns

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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.

Strategic partnerships provide essential resources for seniors

Strategic partnerships provide essential resources for seniors

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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 improvement

AHCA/NCAL names new board leaders, Parkinson says providers' survival depends on quality improvement

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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.

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.

What the family wants

What the family wants

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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?

Nurses gaining power ... LTC style

Nurses gaining power ... LTC style

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How could we not see it coming? That's the question I asked myself Tuesday.

Pharmacy partnerships help reduce readmissions

Pharmacy partnerships help reduce readmissions

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.

Better retention of SNF licensed nurses relates to fewer rehospitalizations, study finds

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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 should reduce payments to SNFs 4% next year, MedPAC says

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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.

Low-cost drug could cut heart patient rehospitalizations by a third, researchers find

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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.

Medicare accepting new codes for transition care

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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 providers, hospitals successfully partner to reduce rehospitalizations

Long-term care providers, hospitals successfully partner to reduce rehospitalizations

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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.

Study: Shorter stays but lower rehospitalization and death rates at VA hospitals

Quicker hospital discharges have not led to increased readmissions or deaths, according to a study of Veterans Administration hospitals published Tuesday.

Nov. 8 webcast focuses on "The Key to Quality in 2013: Staffing"

Nov. 8 webcast focuses on "The Key to Quality in 2013: Staffing"

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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.

Online rehospitalization courses now available

Online rehospitalization courses now available

Care2Learn has announced the availability of 14 online courses that help reduce rehospitalizations. The modules address health issues most likely to trigger rehospitalizations.

Communication vital to rehospitalization reduction, top provider says

Communication vital to rehospitalization reduction, top provider says

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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.

PointRight and McKesson team up to target hospital readmissions

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 antipsychotics

AHCA convention attendees urged to rise up in face of looming funding cuts; better moderate use of antipsychotics

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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.

Hearthstone awarded top Transitions prize in McKnight's Technology Awards

Hearthstone awarded top Transitions prize in McKnight's Technology Awards

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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.

New legislation would reimburse providers for transition of care services

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would reimburse providers for coordination of care services.

Hospital readmission penalties could transform relationships with SNFs, experts say

Hospital readmission penalties could transform relationships with SNFs, experts say

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Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants in a McKnight's webcast Tuesday.

Hospitalizations contribute to cognitive decline, study finds

Hospitalizations contribute to cognitive decline, study finds

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Seniors who have been hospitalized have a higher risk for experiencing a cognitive decline, a new study finds.

Program to reduce hospital readmissions would link nursing homes with partners

Program to reduce hospital readmissions would link nursing homes with partners

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is setting aside $128 million for organizations that collaborate with nursing homes to establish programs that prevent residents from going back to hospitals within a month. Physician groups, accountable care organizations and other independent entities would be eligible.

Rehospitalizations, antipsychotics focus of LTC quality measurements

Reducing rehospitalizations and the off-label use of antipsychotics were named top priorities by long-term care groups Wednesday.

Targeting hospital readmissions gives skilled nursing facilities opportunities, expert says

Targeting hospital readmissions gives skilled nursing facilities opportunities, expert says

Skilled nursing facilities should know their track record and be able to spread word about it well if they want to thrive and help reduce rehospitalizations, a policy expert said Tuesday.

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