Category Archives: Readmissions Reduction

Transitional Care and ACO Quality Measures

Transitional Care and ACO Quality Measures A recent OIG report shows that ACOs are able to reduce Medicare spending and improve quality but that key areas for improvement still exist. The report, titled “Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations Have Shown Potential for Reducing Spending and Improving Quality” analyzed data on the 33 quality…
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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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Delay in CMS Data Raises New Accuracy Concerns

As providers strive to reduce readmission and value based payment penalties, new attention may be drawn to the accuracy of the calculations that determined the penalties. According to a recent article by ProPublica, the long-awaited release of “Analysis of 2014 Medicare Advantage Encounter Data” was unexpectedly cancelled with the explanation being “to determine if it…
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