Maryland SNFs announce partnership to eradicate readmissions

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Maryland skilled nursing facilities are partnering with a vendor to try and pare back pesky readmissions.

The Columbia-based LifeSpan Network, representing some 330 senior services organizations, announced last week that it is teaming up with Real Time Medical Systems. Member SNFs will receive detailed clinical alerts and recommendations on how to intervene and provide correct care.

Data from the Linthicum Heights, MD, vendor is generated in real time so LifeSpan providers will not have to rely on outdated info from the government. Real Time Clinical, as the product is called, is offered to LifeSpan members at a discounted rate through the partnership. The product gets info from electronic health records, and the company hopes it will enable providers to act quickly before a condition worsens, hopefully preventing unnecessary trips to the hospital.

“This partnership will provide our members and other skilled nursing operators with peace of mind, knowing that their efforts to provide the most effective possible care are based on accurate, real time data,” Kevin Heffner, president and CEO of LifeSpan, said in a press release. “After collaborating with us for many years, Dr. Rifkin has developed this valuable tool, which allows us to access data we were never before able to tap into in this manner. We believe Real Time will make our members and other providers stronger partners in the state's Total Cost of Care model.” 

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