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Study Validates Significant Impact of Post Discharge Phone Calls on Readmissions

A recently released study in the current issue of Journal for Health Care Quality validates the impact that post discharge follow up phone calls from a centralized call center can have on hospital readmissions. The joint study between Ohio University, Texas A&M and the National Science Foundation analyzed hospital visits from 74,754 patient admissions. These…
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SNF Payment Exposure for Discharged Residents

Beginning in FY 2019, skilled nursing provider’s Medicare Part A rates will be reduced by 2% to fund SNF VBP “incentive” payments. The SNF‐PPS payments from 10/1/2018 ‐ 9/30/2019 will be adjusted based on the skilled nursing provider’s readmission performance for stays starting from January 1st of this year to 12/31/2017. As the first quarter…
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Deciphering the Data with Socioeconomic Factors and Readmissions

As 2,597 hospitals prepare to absorb financial penalties as a result of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), there is pressure from providers for “adjustments” to address socioeconomic disparities that many believe contribute to these penalties.  Specifically, these hospitals would like to see a Senate version of the “Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission…
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