A helping hand for elderly patients returning home

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aurora-westAurora West Allis (WI) Medical Center knew that many of its most chronically ill Medicare patients struggled when they returned home following discharge from the hospital.

The medical center in suburban Milwaukee looked for a way to make sure these frail elderly patients got hands-on coaching and support... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: readmissions, population health, Community health, Community Connections

Study looks at hospital readmissions program trends

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Average readmissions penalties in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program doubled in the first five years of the program, from 0.29% in 2013 to 0.6% in 2017, according to a study published today in Health Affairs. “The penalty burden was greater in hospitals that were urban, major teaching, large, or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, teaching hospitals

Study: Safety-net hospitals catch up to other hospitals in HRRP, but not in VBP

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Safety-net hospitals had larger average penalties than non-safety net hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2013, but that difference had disappeared by 2016, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the Value-Based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, value-based purchasing, Medicare

Study: Voluntary value-based reforms associated with greater readmissions reductions

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Hospitals participating in certain voluntary valued-based reforms have reduced their readmissions more than hospitals participating in only the mandatory Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to a study reported today in JAMA Internal Medicine. Based on readmissions data for 2,837 hospitals... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, ACO, bundled payment

Calvert Cares aims to empower patients

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The path to lower readmissions lies in patient support, as an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are demonstrating. They build medical and social services that keep their most challenging populations from bouncing back to the emergency department or to an inpatient stay after discharge.

A... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, population health, care coordination

Study: ACO-affiliated hospitals reduce rehospitalizations from SNFs faster

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Hospitals participating in Medicare accountable care organizations reduced rehospitalizations from skilled nursing facilities faster than other hospitals after the program was initiated, according to a study published last week in Health Affairs. The study compared rehospitalization rates between 2007 and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, ACO

Reminder: Tomorrow last day to join HRET HIIN

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The deadline to join the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network is tomorrow, Dec. 22. To date, more than 30 state partners and 1,550 hospitals have committed to the HRET HIIN. The HIINs will work to reduce overall hospital-acquired conditions by 20% and 30-day... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, readmissions, HENs

Dec. 22 deadline to join HRET HIIN

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The deadline to join the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network has been extended to Thursday, Dec. 22. To date, more than 30 state partners and 1,550 hospitals have committed to the HRET HIIN. The HIINs will work to reduce overall hospital-acquired conditions... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, readmissions, HENs

President signs 21st Century Cures Act

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President Obama today signed into law the AHA-supported 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which includes a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. The legislation revises the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather date for off-campus hospital outpatient departments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, CAHs, Behavioral health, opioids

Senate passes 21st Century Cures Act

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The Senate today voted 94-5 to approve the AHA-supported 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), which includes a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. The bill now goes to the president, who is expected to sign it. The legislation revises the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, Medicare, rural, Behavioral health

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