How to Resolve to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in 2017

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Tue, Jan, 3, 2017

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions isn’t just for individuals. Given that CMS Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program penalties hit a record high in 2016—impacting 2,597 hospitals—healthcare organizations could benefit from the practice, too. But how do you move from resolving to reduce preventable readmissions and actually accomplishing it?

 

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How to Drive Staff Adoption of New Tech to Reduce Readmission Rates

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Wed, Dec, 21, 2016

A decade ago, the American Hospital Association wrote that, “To meet their mission of high-quality healthcare, America’s hospitals must continually adopt innovative clinical and information technology.” After a slow start, hospitals and health systems got on board, spurred on by the Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program that launched in 2011.

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Need New Software to Reduce Hospital Readmissions? 8 Questions to Ask

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, Dec, 16, 2016

Hospitals and health systems have been on an IT buying spree in recent years—and according to the most recent HIMSS Leadership Survey, the investments won’t stop anytime soon. While EHRs may have dominated healthcare IT budgets in the past, the CMS Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) is driving a greater focus on patient engagement technology.

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Reduce Hospital Readmissions AND Labor Costs? How It’s Possible

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, Dec, 9, 2016

Efforts to meet the standards set by the CMS Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program come in plenty of shapes and sizes. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, for example, suggests, “The effective transfer of patient care information is essential to a patient’s continuity of care whether conveyed in written documents, verbally, or electronically.”

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How 2 Hospitals Successfully Reduced Patient Readmission Rates

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Wed, Nov, 30, 2016

When the CMS announced the 2016 penalties for preventable readmissions, which jumped $108 million over last year’s figure, most of the news focused on where hospitals have come up short.

But many hospitals have successfully reduced readmission rates for conditions covered by the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. In fact, preventable readmissions have declined by an average of 8 percent nationally in the past five years, according to CMS data.

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The Top 4 Mistakes Hospitals Make That Drive High Readmission Rates

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, Nov, 25, 2016

Nearly 3,000 hospitals face penalties for preventable readmissions under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). For most, the penalties will be smaller than in previous years, but 49 will be hit with the maximum 3 percent reduction in Medicare payments for Fiscal Year 2017.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Hospital Readmission Rates, Patient Engagement, Health Literacy

Can Hospitals Use Family Caregivers to Reduce Readmission Rates?

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, Nov, 18, 2016

The Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 report, researched and published by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the AARP Public Policy Institute, reveals that approximately 43.5 million American adults provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the previous 12 months. Yet this year, more than half of our nation’s hospitals face penalties for preventable readmissions under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).

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Improving Readmissions & Reimbursement Through Hospital Discharge Follow-up

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, Nov, 11, 2016

Nearly 800 hospitals across the U.S. are now responsible for the post-acute care of Medicare beneficiaries receiving:

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Hospital Readmission Rates, Revenue Cycle Management

How to Get Patients Invested in Recovery & Reduce Readmission Rates

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Thu, Nov, 10, 2016

Encouraging patients to become more engaged in their own recovery always poses a challenge, but at this time of year, it’s even harder. Even the most health-conscious people tend to give in to the hustle and bustle of a season filled with cookies and cocktails.

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The Top 5 Causes of Hospital Readmissions—and How to Prevent Them

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, Nov, 4, 2016

Established in the Affordable Care Act, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) aims to reduce the number of preventable 30-day readmissions—and the numbers have declined since its inception. In fact, the Kaiser Family Foundation notes that rates actually began to fall in 2012 as hospitals anticipated that penalties would be applied based on prior year performance, dropping by 8 percent nationally in the past few years.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, Hospital Readmission Rates

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