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Andrew Kramer, MD

Reducing hospitable readmissions — a SNF opportunity

The next McKnight’s professional webcast will focus on one of the hottest issues raging in long-term care, and healthcare in general: reducing hospital readmissions. Andrew Kramer, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and the CEO of Providigm, will keynote the session “Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions: An Opportunity for SNFs” at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, March 15. Registration and attendance are free for anyone interested in receiving the most recent update and information on this vital care and reimbursement topic.

Quality the focus of AHCA/NCAL symposium Feb. 23-24

The nation’s largest nursing home association and its sister assisted living group will be putting quality practices for long-term care operators under the microscope next Thursday and Friday in Houston. The 4th Annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium features a premium first-day session with university researchers Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D., and Jo A. Taylor, B.S.N., M.P.H. Keynote speakers at the closing general session will be former AHCA Board Chair Mary Ousley, RN, and one-time forklift operator Bob Murphy, Esq., RN, FACHE, a well-known operations expert. AHCA also will hold a Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, preceding the symposium.

Mark Parkinson

Obama budget calls for Medicare cuts for SNFs, penalizes rehospitalizations

While President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget contains expected Medicare cuts, long-term care groups have expressed their disappointment. Among other proposals, the American Health Care Association criticized a provision of the budget that would “align Medicare policy more closely with private sector standards by reducing bad debt payments to 25% for all eligible providers over three years starting in 2013.”

Alan Rosenbloom, president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care

Penalties needed for nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates, group says

According to The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, the ACA tackles the issue of costly hospital readmissions by focusing on hospitals, but ignores skilled nursing facilities. The Alliance has therefore proposed an interim solution based on proposals the Obama administration has offered the “super committee.”

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