Infographic: Developing a Viable Rural Healthcare Pathway

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Rural hospitals face unique issues and often work with limited resources in their quest to provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Strategic planning is essential to develop a pathway to success, according to a new infographic by PYA.

The infographic delves into five trends impacting rural hospitals and provides strategic advice for rural hospitals evaluating these trends.

As part of its RAVEN (Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents) project, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has collaborative agreements with 18 nursing homes aimed at improving the quality of care for people residing in long-term care (LTC) facilities by reducing avoidable hospitalizations.

In 2012, UPMC was one of seven organizations awarded a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) grant to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations. While all of the CMS sites showed a general reduction in Medicare expenditures, the year-three evaluation report found the RAVEN program was one of two programs that significantly reduced avoidable hospitalizations and costs. UPMC was approved this year for Phase 2 of the program, which goes live October 1st and will test whether a new payment model will further impact the results achieved in Phase 1 of the program.

Hospital-Nursing Home Collaborations to Reduce Avoidable Admissions and Readmissions: A UPMC Case Study on Curbing Long-Term Care Hospitalizations, a 45-minute webinar on August 4th, now available for replay, April Kane, UPMC’s RAVEN project co-director, shares the key details of the RAVEN program and how UPMC is preparing for Phase 2 of the program.

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