Hospital’s coronavirus containment success a model for other facilities, researchers say
Feb 09, 2022
A testing and mask protocol that rapidly stopped the spread of COVID-19 in two hospital units during the omicron surge may be a useful model for other facilities to emulate, researchers say.
Hospital surges tied to lower COVID-19 survival rates; cases rising mostly in the unvaccinated
Jul 09, 2021
Surges accounted for about 1 in every 4 U.S. COVID-19 hospital deaths through Oct. 2020, analysts say. This trend continued even as more effective treatments became available.
Valid dementia verdict? Nursing home and hospital diagnoses now better aligned, study finds
May 03, 2021
Medicare’s dementia claim measures appear to have become more sensitive in recent years, agreeing more closely with hospital-based measures overall and for certain populations than in the past, investigators...
Interoperability is more important than ever
Sep 30, 2016
While hospital administrators or doctors may say that a note is a note, an assessment is an assessment, or a chart is a chart, they aren’t acknowledging the uniqueness of the post-acute care environment—for...
‘Observation status’ provision under further review
Feb 27, 2015
The American Health Care Association on Thursday applauded a House measure that would inform Medicare beneficiaries of their observation status as hospital inpatient or outpatients. But that might be little...
Provider groups push for RAC reform
Feb 06, 2015
Hospital industry groups said Thursday they’d rather the government reform the Recovery Audit Contractor program than simply throw more money at fixing an onerous backlog of more than 800,000 Medicare...
This year holds promise for post-acute care
Jan 12, 2015
Hospitals traditionally have viewed a patient’s discharge as the endpoint of their care responsibilities. In reality, hospital stays frequently are just one step in ongoing episodes of care. Ensuring...
Hospitals in the Midwest refer patients to the broadest networks of skilled nursing facilities, study...
Jul 24, 2014
Midwestern hospitals spread referrals to the greatest variety of skilled nursing facilities and tap their favorite SNFs least often, according to a recently published analysis of nationwide referral patterns.
QAPI: Avoiding the cost of non-compliance
Dec 06, 2013
An initiative that should be top of mind for facilities is the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI), an extension of the Affordable Care Act that is focused on improving quality of care...
Post-hospital care spending jumps
Dec 03, 2013
Medicare spending on nursing homes, home medical care and other outside care will increasingly come under the government microscope according to a Kaiser Health News/Washington Post report. Widely varied...