A Win-Win Approach to Managing Length of Stay With Your Post-Acute Network

September 26, 2019 | Written by: Real Time Medical Systems

These days, the push and pull between hospitals and post-acute networks can feel a lot like wading in the ocean on a rough day. On the surface, requirements by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are pushing hospitals to monitor patients post-discharge during a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) stay more closely, reducing their length of stay. But under those waves is an undertow: SNFs have different business goals. And some of those goals may compete with hospital objectives.

Standing tall in this push-pull environment means managing length of stay while also improving outcomes for patients. How can hospitals and SNFs work together under the umbrella of value-based care to achieve these goals—and make sure patients don’t get caught up in the churning waters?

It’s all about transparency and common data

The answer lies with interventional analytics. With interventional analytics, hospitals receive clinical indexes from the SNF’s electronic health record (EHR) in real-time. As patients progress through their SNF stay, these alerts provide insights about relevant clinical status and rehab progression. Then appropriate actions can be taken.

If a patient is at risk of a negative outcome, an alert lets the hospital know an intervention is needed. And if a patient has made progress in specific measures, a functional status indicator lets the hospital know that patient is ready to go home.

With the right data, it’s easy to move patients to the right place at the right time. Interventional Analytics helps hospitals and SNFs improve quality of care through transparency and prevent avoidable readmissions.

Improving patient outcomes, together

With interventional analytics, SNFs and hospitals can work together to move patients through levels of care management and monitoring – helping patients transition home when they are ready—and avoiding hospital readmissions. Collaboration improves patient outcomes with partner SNFs, and when that happens, hospitals are more likely to provide those SNFs increased patient referrals. So, while SNFs may see shorter stays initially, their volume is likely to grow. For the hospital, the SNF, and the patient, it’s win-win-win. Or, getting back to that choppy ocean, win-win-swim.

If you are interested in learning more about improving outcomes and managing length of stay, contact us to schedule a demonstration.

About Real Time Medical Systems

Real Time Medical Systems is the leading healthcare interventional analytics company helping to improve the patient care continuum by connecting long-term care facilities, hospitals, ACOs, payers, and affiliated providers in building an integrated preferred care network.

Empowering a proactive approach to patient centered care, Real Time’s interventional analytics platform was developed for skilled nursing facilities to easily identify patients who had a change in care condition and intervene immediately before re-hospitalization occurred – helping to improve clinical and financial performance while reducing readmission rates by 50%. Since launching their interventional analytics platform in 2012, Real Time has expanded their solution offering to include fully-integrated applications which allow hospitals, ACOs, payers, and affiliated providers to connect and collaborate with their post-acute care networks.

Operating in 800+ facilities and monitoring over 100,000+ lives – Real Time continues to ensure patient-centered care is at the forefront for its clients.

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