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Posts by Tana Phelps

Patient Engagement, Population Health, Consumerism Top CEO Concerns

Healthcare leaders are focused on the potentially conflicting market forces as rising consumer expectations and care transformation are reshaping the industry, according to the Advisory Board Company. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement

CMS Proposes Overhaul to Discharge Planning, Requires Follow-up Procedures

Under the proposed rule, hospitals and critical access hospitals are required to develop a discharge plan within 24 hours of admission. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Care Transitions, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Reducing Readmissions

Half of Nation's Hospitals Fail Again to Escape Medicare's Readmission Penalties

Once again, the majority of the nation’s hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge — this time losing a combined $420 million, government records show. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Post-acute Care, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Reducing Readmissions

Readmissions Was So Yesterday

Yesterday. No, not a Beatles song. With two-thirds of the nation's hospitals at risk of a Medicare pay cut under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, the time to improve post-discharge planning and care coordination was yesterday. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Post-acute Care, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Reducing Readmissions

How Cedars-Sinai Made SNFs its Readmissions Reduction Partner

Approximately 20% of Medicare discharges from acute care hospitals are referred to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), making coordination protocals with SNFs and other post-acute providers an imperative to avoid readmissions and lower total cost of care. Read More

by Tana Phelps

Funding New Care Continuum Partnerships

With numerous payment models and penalties looming, nursing facilities and hospitals have interlocking incentives to keep patients out of the hospital with access to less expensive home care - if medically feasible. Read More

by Tana Phelps

What Hospitals are Doing to Reduce Readmissions in 2015

The New Year is weeks away but healthcare organizations have already resolved to strengthen their focus on reducing hospital readmissions, which waste at least $26 billion annually. Read More

by Tana Phelps

10 Recent Articles on Hospital Readmissions

The reduction of hospital readmission rates has been at the forefront of hospital and governmental initiatives to improve patient care in the United States for last few decades. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Care Coordination

Readmissions: No Quick Fix to Costly Hospital Challenge

Two recently released studies on costly hospital readmissions of seriously ill, elderly patients draw the same conclusion: Fixing this vexing problem is far from easy. Read More

by Tana Phelps

CMS: The 2,610 Hospitals Facing Readmission Penalties This Year

Medicare will reduce reimbursements for 2,610 hospitals in fiscal year 2015, and 39 of those hospitals face the maximum penalty, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of federal data. Read More

by Tana Phelps