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Reducing Readmissions with Transitional Care Phone Calls Between the SNF and ER

Reducing Readmissions with Transitional Care Phone Calls Between the SNF and ER A recent study by the Journal of Hospital Medicine on the “Perspectives of Clinicians at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) on 30-Day Hospital Readmissions” revealed some key insights into the causes of unplanned returns to the hospital. The study, which collected qualitative interview responses…
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5 Ways Discharge Phone Calls Can Reduce Readmissions

Discharge phone calls play a significant role in decreasing unnecessary hospital readmissions not only in practice but also in identifying where workflow and culture changes are warranted. Standardizing your discharge phone call operations by utilizing a centralized calling resource and electronic documentation not only makes your calls more productive and efficient but allows for trend…
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The Evolution of Discharge Phone Call Programs

Since the introduction of the Hospital Readmissions Prevention Program (HRPP) much effort has been mustered by both acute and post-acute providers to decrease the number of patients that return to the hospital within the first 30 days after discharge. One of the more effective interventions for reducing readmissions have been discharge phone calls. Many popular…
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Red Tape for Wearables and Diabetes Prevention

Under the recently released “Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2018”, CMS shared regulations limiting the inclusion of wearable and other self-reporting technology for payment-based outcomes. The restrictions relate to the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), which under its current model is a structured…
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