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Care Transitions: A Bridge over Troubled Water

Care transitions have been described as a bridge connecting patients from one healthcare provider or group of providers to another.  It’s easy to imagine a grand structure, like the Golden Gate Bridge in California, with awe-inspiring towers, powerful suspension, and a rock-solid foundation.  But, when patients are discharged from the hospital, the bridge they must cross looks much different:...

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Overall Care and Hospital Admission Rates Improving in Nursing Homes

There are currently fewer hospital admissions and readmissions among nursing home residents, according to The Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, and the overall quality of care in nursing homes has improved. The Scorecard compares access to healthcare, quality, avoidable hospital use, costs of care and health outcomes.

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Antidepressant Use and Rehospitalization: Fact Versus Fiction

Congestive heart failure (CHF) affects more than 5.7 million adults in the U.S., and less than half of those with CHF survive more than five years after diagnosis, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet, the mortality of CHF only increases with age and the presence of other underlying health conditions. Rather than giving up, researchers and senior caregivers are...

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What You Need to Know about Readmission Among Seniors

Readmission to the hospital is costly and sometimes dangerous, especially for seniors. People over the age of 65 are more likely to be readmitted than their younger counterparts, and readmission can have particularly devastating effects for these older patients. Physicians, coverage providers, hospitals and policymakers are now working towards reducing readmission rates among seniors.

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Get Ready, Post-Acute to Join in the Fun of Readmission Penalties

The Affordable Care Act’s mandate for payment reductions for hospitals with high rates of readmissions is heading toward the post-acute industry.

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Reducing Hospitalization…One Infection at a Time

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a webinar for the Indiana Health Care Association in which an overview of Infection Control was presented.  I wanted to share some key take-aways that everyone in our industry should keep in mind.

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Medication Reconciliation: Where to Start in Reducing Rehospitalizations

In the many years I walked the halls of the skilled nursing facilities where I worked as regional manager, I saw residents go through a revolving door from facility to hospital and truly experienced the “reducing rehospitalization” issue first hand. While I don’t have all the answers, there is one area of the transition of care from hospital to post-acute that I believe truly impacts the...

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Delirium: The Meaning Behind the Behavior

In a recently released white paper, A Puzzle of Prevention: Recognizing the Role of Delirium in Preventing Rehospitalization, we examined delirium and its impact on rehospitalization and the realization that delirium, its symptoms and associated behavior greatly impact a care provider's ability to address the medical issues that are affecting a resident or patient.

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