As we shift away from traditional Medicare models, it may be time to reassess whether the traditional Medicare limitation on DME continues to make sense for both patients and payer sources.
Kaiser Permanente’s virtual cardiac rehabilitation program has enrolled more than 2,300 patients, making it one of the largest such programs in the U.S.
Changes to reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities and the physician fee schedule final rule have a major impact on the future of physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Falls were the leading reason for readmission among patients whose initial hospital was fall-related and who were discharged to home, even with home care.
A GAO report explored the efforts to manage high-expenditure beneficiaries, which are 5% of all Medicaid beneficiaries but nearly half of all expenditures.
A unified value-based incentive program for SNFs, home health services, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals is recommended.
Including unpaid caregivers into discharge planning for the elderly patient population reduces readmissions.
Increasing hospice services can reduce hospital admissions among all residents of a nursing home, including those not enrolled in hospice.
Fall-related injuries are a major reason why seniors are readmitted to the hospital within a month after being discharged, a new study finds.
Community-Based Health Coaches and Care Coordinators Reduce Readmissions Using Information Technology
The use of health coaches supported by the tablet-based software significantly reduced readmission rates among at-risk Medicare patients.
CMS is shaping a framework intended to allow better comparisons of post-acute care provided in four different healthcare settings.
Greater use of Medicare Advantage over traditional fee-for-service Medicare has been associated with fewer overall hospitalizations.
In 2015, the proportion of hospitals receiving a penalty increased to 78% – up from 64% and 66% in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The IMPACT Act will require hospitals, rehab facilities, and home health agencies to develop a discharge plan based on the goals of each patient.
Patient "activation scores" can identify those who might benefit from making behavioral changes, helping improve outcomes and prevent unnecessary costs.
Patients 65 and older who have ambulatory surgery are much more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days than younger patients.
Significant studies are questioning whether a 30-day interval for readmissions is the best measurement for Medicare-related penalties.
Data on 2,000 patients showed telephone follow-up for older adults following discharge from the emergency department did not affect readmission rates.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas has developed an innovative care delivery model to effectively manage high-risk patients with chronic disease.
MedPAC has had recent discussions on current discharge planning procedures, resulting in possible changes in the ways patients are discharged.
Older adults are at increased risk for adverse events after surgical procedures. Loss of independence is an important patient-centered outcome measure.
30-day readmission rates are widely used to measure hospital penalties. Yet, many question if this is the correct interval by condition.
Telehealth policy develops much more slowly than the rapidly advancing technology, but incremental changes are taking place.
In 2014, 14% of inpatient stays were readmitted within 30 days. More than one-third of these readmissions occurred within seven days.
This issue of FutureFocus identifies the highest risk of readmissions that are impacting outcomes in the CMS value-based purchasing program.
Studies show that patients sent home after knee and hip replacements do not have higher rates of complications than those who went to rehab facilities.