Why Care Transitions Need to Improve Now

By Pat TwohigClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

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Skilled nursing facilities are getting busier. More than 20 percent of all hospitalized older adults who use Medicare will be transitioned and admitted to a SNF following a hospital stay. But patients don’t have a lot of time to decide. A study found most had to choose a skilled nursing facility the day before or even the day of being discharged.1 … Read More

Empowering Entire Staff with eCurriculum: Q&A with St. Patrick’s Home for the Aged

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With new regulations for nursing homes coming almost yearly from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), providers are working to keep up with rules that improve the quality of care, strengthen safety measures and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections for residents.1  With the added pressure to meet these standards, St. Patrick’s Home Rehabilitation and Health Care Center … Read More

EMS: Reflecting a New Paradigm in Collaborative Care

By Shradha PathakMedical DevicesLeave a Comment

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Workforce shortage is a burning challenge. Long term care providers everywhere, particularly in more remote, rural areas are especially pressed for resources to ensure patients discharged do not get readmitted.  According to the National Rural Health Association, the patient-to-primary care physician ratio is about 40 physicians per 100,000 people.  But how do you do more with fewer resources, especially when … Read More

How to Address Requirements in CMS Proposed Rule for Participation in Medicare and Medicaid

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I understand why the far-reaching proposed rule changes for skilled nursing facilities/nursing facilities (SNFs/NFs) might seem overwhelming. Th­at said, a solution to addressing the wide range of issues in the proposed rule is actually embedded in the rule itself. Virtually all of the requirements in the rule can be addressed through robust Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI): Develop, implement … Read More