Relias’ new Advanced Clinical Skills Library helps post-acute care providers reduce rehospitalizations and manage the total cost of patient care.
Relias Learning, the leader in online training for senior care organizations, announced the release of rehospitalization training through a new library of training titled, “Advanced Clinical Skills.” The new library includes more than 50 courses relevant to professionals working in skilled nursing, home care and hospice, assisted living, and independent living facilities.
“The release of this new library adds to our already dynamic selection of training for senior care providers,” says Jim Triandiflou, CEO of Relias Learning. “We continue to find the most urgent topics and address the most important issues facing our customers to further our position as the innovative source for online training.”
Relias Learning’s Advanced Clinical Skills library is designed to proactively enhance the clinical skills of licensed staff—enabling them to identify and prevent conditions most commonly associated with rehospitalization. Additionally, courses on topics such as assessing breadth sounds or inserting a Peripheral IV provide insight to ensure nurses can assess and implement procedures necessary for preventing hospitalization. Ultimately, the library empowers post-acute care providers to better align with expectations set by acute care providers under the demands of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
“The Affordable Care Act’s requirements for reducing rehospitalization is currently putting the onus on the hospital/acute care facility, but the post-acute care industry should expect that they will eventually shoulder some of the responsibility,” says Mike Mutka, Executive Vice President of Relias Learning. “Post-acute care providers should be motivated to focus on preventable, proactive efforts to shore up their role in reducing rehospitalizations. Consistent, accessible online training supports that effort.”
The primary sections of the Advanced Clinical Skills library include a set of clinical courses that focus on the care needs for diagnoses most commonly associated with rehospitalizaiton and a set of rapid review courses that demonstrate and assess procedural care techniques needed to reduce rehospitalization. Courses comprising this library include:
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Myocardial Infarction (MI)
- Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Lower Respiratory Infections
- Rapid Review: Assessing Breath Sounds
- Rapid Review: Assessing Heart Sounds
- Rapid Review: Inserting a Peripheral IV
- Rapid Review: Obtaining Blood from a Central Venous Catheter
- Rapid Review: Implanted Ports
Additional modules in the library provide an overview of rehospitalization, review transition approaches, discuss evidence-based strategies for reducing rehospitalization and evaluate the use of advance directives in preventing rehospitalization.
The reduction of rehospitalization rates is a goal of most senior care organizations. Post-acute care providers interested in learning more about Relias Learning’s expansive Advanced Clinical Skills Library can request a demo.