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CMS Issues Final Rule for 2020 Payment Models: What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their long-awaited final rule for hospitals that fall under certain payment models in Fiscal Year 2020, and it’s a doozy. Released at the beginning of August 2019, there’s a lot of information to sort through, and CMS has been kind enough to issue a summary... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Value-based payment models, Reducing Readmissions, blog, reimbursement

Reducing Readmissions: A Better Way

Did you know that nearly 80 percent of serious medical errors involve miscommunication during patient transfers? Doesn’t that illustrate the need for accurate and timely information exchange in discharge planning? There’s got to be a better way—one that benefits patients and providers. Hospitals are employing... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Reducing Readmissions

Part I: Four Steps to Maintain Patient Engagement after Discharge

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part blog series. Read the second blog here. It's no secret that engaging patients in their care is essential to care quality, increasing patient satisfaction and, ultimately, achieving positive patient outcomes. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Reducing Readmissions