Hospital readmissions declined again in 2013, Sebelius credits provider partnerships
May 08, 2014
The number of seniors readmitted to a hospital within a month of discharge continued to decline in 2013, according to data released Wednesday by the government. The trend shows that greater coordination...
Senate passes ‘doc fix’ bill that links skilled nursing facility payments to hospital readmissions,...
Apr 01, 2014
Both houses of Congress now have passed legislation to tie skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018. The Senate approved the “Protecting Access...
MedPAC report shows providers making progress, quality contractor says
James M. Berklan
Mar 18, 2014
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s latest report to Congress was submitted Friday with previously known recommendations for payment levels. But largely lost among the 400-page report also...
House bill would ease readmissions penalties for hospitals that treat many dual eligibles and low-income...
Mar 13, 2014
Hospitals that treat a high percentage of patients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid would get a break on readmissions penalties if a new bill in the House of Representatives were to become law....
More than 20% of Medicare beneficiaries seek hospital care within a month of nursing home discharge,...
Feb 19, 2014
A large number of rehabilitation patients seek hospital care shortly after being discharged from a nursing facility, according to recently published research.
Telemedicine reduces nursing homes’ hospital readmissions if staff engagement is high, researchers...
Feb 04, 2014
Skilled nursing facilities that implement a telemedicine service and teach staff to use it could reduce their hospital readmissions, but current payment systems do not encourage this, according to a forthcoming...
Spray on the PAM to reduce readmissions
Oct 24, 2013
In life, as Donald Rumsfeld once said, there are known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. This may sound like gobbledygook, but it’s actually relevant to business and long-term care.
I couldn’t live without … eSNF telemedicine solution
Jul 01, 2013
Recognizing the need to bring down hospital readmissions, AristaCare turned to eSNF’s telemedicine solution a year ago. In seven out of 10 cases in which eSNF is used, an admission is avoided, says...
Centra Health and HealthMEDX partner
Jun 12, 2013
Virginia based Centra Health has selected HealthMEDX Vision to aid its technology-related efforts.
Low-cost drug could cut heart patient rehospitalizations by a third, researchers find
Mar 13, 2013
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.