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.
Increasing hospice services can reduce hospital admissions among all residents of a nursing home, including those not enrolled in hospice.
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.