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Two New Quality Measures for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Two New Quality Measures for Skilled Nursing Facilities The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have adopted two new quality measures that will directly affect the discharge process for post-acute care settings (PAC) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF).  The goal of the new quality measurements is to improve communication with patients and during provider-to-provider…
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5 key factors for patient satisfaction success

During a recent public meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) proposed a new program that would expand the value-based impact on payments for post-acute care providers. According to MedPAC, the Value Incentive Program for Post-Acute Care will build upon previous commission work to create a uniform payment system across the four post-acute care settings:…
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Variables to Consider for Stratifying the Risk of Readmission

While there are multiple models for stratifying patients on their risk of readmission, many providers find that they need to customize the models to fit the nuances of their communities. The following infographic provides a guide to the most common factors to consider in a readmission risk model, including: Overall health and function Mental health…
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Simple Tips for Discussing Goals of Care with Patients

Simple Tips for Discussing Goals of Care with Patients Many seasoned transitional care coordinators recognize that a care plan should consider the personal motivators that encourage patients to take an active part in their recovery. To identify those unique triggers, it helps to apply a patient-centered approach that is rooted in motivational interviewing. The aim…
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