Monthly Archives: May 2014

Frequent Home Visits Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions, Improve Survival

Frequent home visits combined with multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The number and … finish reading Frequent Home Visits Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions, Improve Survival

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4 Reasons to Develop a Post-Acute Care Coordination Network

Capacity issues and resulting loss of revenue, and concerns about adequate discharge plans prompted Summa Health System to develop an SNF care coordination network, explains Carolyn Holder, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, manager of transitional care, resulting in improved patient care and … finish reading 4 Reasons to Develop a Post-Acute Care Coordination Network

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Telestroke and eICU Part of Nation’s First Telemedicine Care Center

An around-the-clock telestroke program and an electronic intensive care unit (eICU) are among the telemedicine services planned for the country’s first virtual care center at the Missouri-based Mercy, officials said. The four-story, 120,000-square-foot center will open in 2015 and accommodate … finish reading Telestroke and eICU Part of Nation’s First Telemedicine Care Center

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Duties of Embedded Case Managers in Advanced Primary Care

Embedding registered nurses (RNs) into the advanced primary care practice is best because of their skill set, and their experience dealing with the chronically ill and those with some complex comorbidities, says Annette Watson, senior vice president of community transformation … finish reading Duties of Embedded Case Managers in Advanced Primary Care

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Hospital Readmissions Fall By 8 Percent Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Hospital readmissions fell by 8 percent, or an estimated 150,000 fewer readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries, between January 2012 and December 2013, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This was a significant reduction in Medicare all-cause 30-day … finish reading Hospital Readmissions Fall By 8 Percent Among Medicare Beneficiaries

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4 Strategies to Reduce Readmissions, Cost of Medically Complex

Targeting frail elderly patients at high risk of preventable healthcare utilization, and providing them with telephonic case management support at two critical transitions — after they’ve been admitted to the hospital, and after they’ve been discharged from home visits — … finish reading 4 Strategies to Reduce Readmissions, Cost of Medically Complex

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CMS Finalizes Medicare Bundled Payments Program for FQHCs

CMS will increase Medicare payments to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) by as much as 32 percent, replacing the current fee-for-service model with a bundled payment model, according to CMS officials. The new payment system, as outlined in the Affordable … finish reading CMS Finalizes Medicare Bundled Payments Program for FQHCs

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6 Best Practices from Highmark’s Pay-for-Performance Project

Identifying a physician champion, one that is truly leading the charge, is one the six elements of a best practice project of a pay-for-performance program, says Julie Hobson, RN, BSN, manager of provider engagement, performance and partnership at Highmark Inc. … finish reading 6 Best Practices from Highmark’s Pay-for-Performance Project

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