Preferred SNF networks represent an aggressive new strategy by hospitals to gain more control over quality and costs in the largely independent skilled-nursing facility sector.
A large percentage of hospitals that received Medicare's top five-star rating on patient satisfaction were penalized for excessive readmissions or fared poorly on curbing hospital-acquired conditions, a Modern Healthcare analysis shows.
While not every innovation tested by the CMS is going to work, the evaluation should always be fair and give us insights into how to improve in the future.
The Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio improved its patient-enrollment rate and managed to keep its CMS Innovation Center demonstration contract. But many other community agencies did not.
Learn how innovative hospitals leverage processes, people and technology to better manage this complex patient population and avoid potential CMS readmission penalties.
A CMS evaluation of community agencies' efforts to reduce hospital readmissions found that few succeeded. Critics of the evaluations and resulting contract terminations say the agency relied on unrealistic targets and flawed measures.
New York could become the eighth state to mandate that hospitals offer training to family and friends who care for patients after they are discharged from the hospital.
The CMS floated a slate of tweaks to Medicare's quality- and safety-reporting requirements in its sweeping proposed rule for 2016 inpatient hospital rates.
Efforts to effectively manage patients after they've been discharged is a key feature distinguishing high-performing health systems from their peers in Truven Health Analytics' seventh annual ranking of top-performing systems.
Regarding the recent guest commentary “Preventing readmissions requires engaging care team, employing technology,” (ModernHealthcare.com, March 30), data analytics can play a part in this as well.
Any day now, the CMS plans to unveil the new hospital star rating system on its Hospital Compare website. And hospitals are concerned.
When patients are discharged, they essentially become their own care coordinator—administering medication and scheduling follow-up visits. Providers can significantly improve patient engagement and outcomes by taking advantage of outside care partnerships to help coordinate care across...