Modern Healthcare Staff
Maria Castellucci covers safety and quality topics for Modern Healthcare’s website and print edition. Castellucci is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and started working at Modern Healthcare in September 2015.
A new study found Medicare patients discharged to home health had a 5.6% higher 30-day readmission rate compared with those sent to a skilled-nursing facility. Even so, home health saved Medicare $4,514 on average per episode.
New York-Presbyterian has enlisted pharmacy techs and interns to conduct virtual consultations with patients about their medications. The program has enabled the system to increase medication reconciliations by as much as 126% at some sites.