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REAL TIME MEDICAL SYSTEMS ANNUAL SUMMIT FOCUSES ON CONNECTING CARE THROUGH INTERVENTIONAL ANALYTICS

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Baltimore, MD, September 26, 2019 – Real Time Medical Systems (Real Time), the leading healthcare interventional analytics company connecting skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, ACOs, payers, and affiliated providers, is excited to host the Long-Term Care community at the Real Time Summit, held Monday, October 21-22, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. Momentum for this annual event continues to grow and this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever.

This year’s summit will feature a variety of engaging educational sessions, from interactive panel discussions on how facilities are applying interventional analytics to improve clinical outcomes, to expanding hospital patient referrals and life after PDPM. These sessions will be led by nationally respected healthcare leaders including Dr. Steven Handler (Curavi Health), Vincent Fedele (Zimmet Healthcare), Eric Heiden (NeuroGym), Chuck Moody (Creative Solutions), and more. All attendees will also receive 4.75 hours of NAB/NCERS Continuing Education Credits for the full-day conference.

“Real Time’s Annual Summit not only allows us the share industry insight, it also provides our team the opportunity to hear, firsthand from our clients, how we can continue to improve the Real Time Interventional Analytics platform,” states Christopher Miller, Chief Technology Officer, Real Time Medical Systems. “One of the most exciting aspects of the summit for me is sharing how we have implemented suggestions from prior summits and are announcing them as new features within our platform.”

Kicking-off this year’s summit, Real Time will host a “Party with the Penguins” Welcome Reception on the evening of Monday, October 21st at the Baltimore Zoo, where guests will be greeted by our very own live penguin ambassador and enjoy a night of savory dishes and networking.

Registration for the Real Time Annual Summit is still open and is free of charge! For more details about the Annual Summit or to register, click here or follow @MyRealTimeMed on social media.

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

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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.

Interventional Analytics Reduces Avoidable Readmission Rates

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How interventional analytics can help reduce readmission rates

Imagine you’re driving to the beach. It’s supposed to be a two-hour drive, but traffic and construction can affect your journey—sometimes by a lot. Ten years ago, you might have used a store-bought map or even directions printed from the internet. That provided plenty of information, but it was static. If there was a wreck causing a bottleneck 20 miles ahead, you wouldn’t know until you got there. Today, though, you use an app that tells you the most efficient way to go. The app updates conditions on the fly, so you find out about that bottleneck when it happens. And you learn how to avoid it. Your drive to the beach is smooth sailing because you have access to real-time data.

Interventional analytics is a lot like that app. It provides you with real-time data so you can avoid adverse situations and know when its smooth sailing. Only instead of bad traffic, you’re heading off clinical issues, improving patient care, reducing readmissions, and managing length of stay by guiding clinicians to provide proactive care.

Predictive analytics vs. Interventional analytics in healthcare

It wasn’t long ago that predictive analytics represented the cutting edge of statistics usage in healthcare. By mining data and modeling likely outcomes, we could assess risk for large numbers of individual patients and make informed decisions. But predictive analytics relies on dated, static information and provides generalized predictions of “what could” happen.

Interventional analytics goes beyond predictive analytics. Using complex algorithms, interventional analytics uses software that “sits on top” of any electronic health record (EHR). Interventional Analytics sifts through vast amounts of data points, finds correlation between them, and determines possible outcomes. It uses this real-time data to push live patient alerts to clinicians, informing them that something adverse is happening. Not only that, it also provides suggested interventions based on national standards of care (ex. AMDA and INTERACT 3.0) that prevent readmissions and improves quality outcomes.

Using interventional analytics to reduce readmissions

Interventional analytics has been proven to reduce readmissions by 50% in three key ways:

  • Live Interventional Alerts. Using live data within the EHR, interventional analytics detects a patient’s change in condition as they occur. When the data indicates the potential for a negative outcome based on predefined parameters, a clinical alert is immediately sent to the clinician. This alert adds the diagnosis and provides specific intervention recommendations so assessment and treatment can be performed immediately-avoiding readmission to the hospital.
  • Optimize Nurse Time. By delivering live clinical insights from the EHR system, you can focus on patients who are at high risk for readmission. By automating standup meetings, you reduce what can sometimes require multiple hours of time and lots of reports down to about 15 minutes – allowing nurses to focus on the patient’s care.
  • Enterprise Dashboards. Getting the right data, to the right person, in real-time is imperative for healthcare facilities. Through interventional analytics, Enterprise dashboards are generated utilizing the live data within the EHR, searching nursing notes, and flagging key words (e.g. impaction, dehydration, wandering, etc.). 

All these tactics help reduce readmission rates by focusing on specific patient needs, ultimately delivering improved clinical outcomes, reduced systemic cost, and increased patient care.

Creating a coordinated care network

Superior patient care shouldn’t end at any hospital’s or facility’s doors. Patients are best served when hospitals and skilled nursing facilities work together to provide coordinated care. If both skilled nursing facilities and hospitals are using an interventional analytics system, they can effectively provide customized care and reduce readmissions by up to 50%.

If you are interested in learning more about interventional analytics and how it can reduce your readmissions, contact us to schedule a demonstration.

LifeSpan and Real Time Medical Systems Announce Statewide SNF Network

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Will Reduce Medicare Costs in Maryland by at least $35 Million

Columbia, MD, August 6, 2019 – LifeSpan Network, the leading post-acute care provider association in Maryland, and Real Time Medical Systems, announce the formation of a skilled nursing facility (SNF) network that, through the use of Real Time Medical Systems’ interventional analytics software, will cater to the needs of health systems, insurers, ACOs and other organizations to improve quality of care and reduce hospitalizations. 

The network will cover the entire state and link all the skilled nursing centers, and their electronic health record systems, into a single care management platform. Health systems and insurers, for the first time ever, will be able to see and compare the outcome results from each SNF and sort the data by time, diagnoses, length of stay, acuity, etc. In addition, case managers will be able to see real-time data as to which patients are at highest risk of a hospital admission and allow collaborative and immediate intervention.

A reduction of SNF related hospitalizations by 50% would yield at least a $35 million annual Medicare cost reduction in Maryland. This would be a boon to the preservation of the Maryland Medicare Waiver.

The partnership intends to make this real-time interventional capability available to insurers that will then feature the participating facilities. This combines great care, improved outcomes, and enhanced consumer transparency.

“LifeSpan Network is committed to improving quality in Maryland’s skilled nursing facilities.  As Maryland continues to redesign its health care delivery system through the Total Cost of Care Model, this partnership is an example of an innovative approach focused on ensuring that residents receive the highest standard of care while at the same time reducing unnecessary costs within the health care system,” said LifeSpan CEO Kevin Heffner. 

“Real Time is thrilled to partner with the State’s skilled nursing facilities to coordinate data and link directly to health systems and insurers.  This new system of integration will provide unprecedented opportunities for health systems, skilled nursing facilities, and others to more effectively and efficiently work together,” said Joan Neuscheler, CEO of Real Time Medical Systems.

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About LifeSpan Network

Lifespan Network is the leading post-acute care provider association in Maryland, representing more than 330 senior care providers in Maryland and the District of Columbia. LifeSpan’s membership includes skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, subsidized senior housing, community-based and hospital-based programs.  Providers and professionals involved in senior care in Maryland and the District of Columbia turn to LifeSpan Network to learn about the latest legislation and trends in senior care, participate in educational and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and engage in programs to save money and run a more efficient organization.  For more information, please visit www.lifespan-network.org.

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 decision support tools lower the cost of care, reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions, and ensure facilities receive proper reimbursement for the amount of care provided. Operating in 800 facilities, including over 80 organizations in Maryland, and monitoring nearly 100,000 lives – Real Time continues to ensure patient-centered care is at the forefront for its clients. For more information, please visit www.realtimemed.com.

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Kevin Heffner, CEO
LifeSpan Network
kheffner@lifespan-network.org

Joan Neuscheler, CEO
Real Time Medical Systems
jneuscheler@realtimemed.com

Like It or Not, Hospitals Will Change the SNF Industry

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Hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) see the world differently. And neither embraces change easily. However, as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to aggressively push change at the hospital level there will be no possibility of avoiding the downstream effect of the pressures that will be placed on SNFs.

For several years CMS has been pushing hospitals to take more responsibility for the total cost of care, introducing value-based healthcare programs and readmission penalties which are intended to do just that. The larger and savvier hospitals are embracing this change swiftly and forming well-funded operations to take risk, manage care, and reach out into the post-acute space. They are not, for the most part, repeating their mistakes of the past by trying to acquire and operate SNFs, but instead are trying to figure out how to get the post-acute providers to align with their objectives.

SNFs inherently want longer Medicare lengths of stay as re-hospitalizations and the three-day rule lead to higher SNF revenue. However, this is the polar opposite of what hospitals are trying to achieve under CMS’ new goals. In the current slow-motion crash of the two industries, hospitals will win. After all, good care, lower cost, and the 800-pound gorilla (CMS) are on the hospital side.

Hospitals control the gateway for patients. They have always wanted patients to go to the best quality providers but until recently have been ineffective in achieving that goal. Poor data sources (MDS based year-old data) and often inaccurate billing-based data have hampered the hospital systems. SNF operators have often used the outdated data to make the excuse, “our performance is below par because we take sicker patients,” and hospitals have lacked the quality data needed to push back.

The push for value-based programs and readmission penalties have upped the pressure on hospitals to accurately ascertain the relative performance of their post-acute providers. Many systems are creating post-acute networks or preferred networks as a tool to understand and gather data, create working relationships with partners, and to feature good performers. Certainly, patients deserve to be informed which post-acute provider has better outcomes.

The new urgency of hospitals will lead to narrower and narrower networks over time. Good performers will be rewarded, and bad ones will see negative impacts. This doesn’t mean that a health system has to exclude providers, although some may choose to do so. Many may simply choose to make outcome data available to patients, discharge planners, and case managers. This data can be powerful. What patient will choose the facility with poor performance records over the one with excellent results?

The key to the future is better data. The day of old MDS derived data is rapidly disappearing, as there are companies who can deliver outcome data in real time to health systems. Easily accessed data, sourced directly from the SNF electronic health record (EHR) is powerful. It allows a hospital to see data including re-admissions, admissions for long-term care (LTC) patients, length of stay, relative acuity, and even interventional moments in the SNF. This data can be sorted by time period, diagnoses, insurer, and even doctor. They can compare all their facilities by all these parameters and do so with data just moments old.

Hospitals now have the ability to identify high risk patients in the SNFs and work collaboratively with them to avoid readmissions. And in some cases, they may know a patient is at risk before the SNF Director of Nursing knows! One Pennsylvania-based health system reduced readmissions from 18% to 8.5% from their SNFs by working with Real Time Medical System’s ProACT HS application and two re-purposed internal case managers. Using live data derived by the Real Time solution, these case managers were easily able to identify high risk patients at the SNFs and offer hospital resources, as well as subtly encourage the SNFs to be focused on these patients. A large academic medical center on the east coast also utilized Real Time’s ProACT HS application and dropped readmissions from 28% to 17% – with a total cost saving of nearly $4M in one year.

The lessons from all of this are twofold. First, health systems and hospitals need to access newly available EHR-based data quickly and efficiently. Turn-key solutions to accessing this data, such as Real Time’s ProACT HS application, allows the hospital to monitor the progression of their patients while at a SNF. Requiring no involvement with the hospital’s IT department, this solution can be up and live within 60 days. This new data will give the hospitals tremendous ability to understand and intervene with patient care that they have never had before – case management and network activities will be vastly improved. The difference between old data for “predictive analytics” versus fresh data for “interventional analytics” is a game changer within the healthcare industry.

Second, SNFs need to truly understand that the healthcare world has changed. Health systems and hospitals will expect more. Relationship marketing will give way to outcomes marketing. – Who will be the best provider? Smart SNFs will gather immediate data to show how they are effective or identify and fix problems, leading to increased hospital referrals. The natural market forces will move patients from poor providers to excellent providers. The facilities that understand this will see increased Medicare patients and become the winners. Those that don’t will lose market share and will lose the war.

Win or lose, the game has changed. The question is, what you doing to prepare for it?

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 700+ facilities, throughout 30+ states, and monitoring nearly 100,000 lives – Real Time continues to ensure patient-centered care is at the forefront for its clients.For more information or to request a demo of the Real Time ProACT HS application, contact Tommy Pfeiffer, Director of Health System Solutions at tpfeiffer@realtimemed.com

Real Time Medical Systems Announces New Partnership With Texas-Based Healthcare Company, Creative Solutions in Healthcare

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Baltimore, MD, July 24, 2019 – Real Time Medical Systems (Real Time), the leading healthcare interventional analytics company connecting long-term care facilities, hospitals, ACOs, payers, and affiliated providers, expands their coordinated care efforts within the south-west through their recent partnership with Creative Solutions in Healthcare (Creative Solutions). Operating over 70+ facilities throughout the state of Texas, including skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, Creative Solutions is a leading care provider within the senior community.

“We are extremely excited to be implementing Real Time’s interventional analytics tool, Real Time, throughout all our facilities” states Gary Blake, CEO of Creative Solutions in Healthcare. “The ability to seamlessly integrate with our EHR, with no disruption to our current workflow was a huge feature in our decision with choosing Real Time, as are the sophisticated analytical features incorporating nurses notes and providing real-time patient and financial trends. These features position us to proactively prepare for the upcoming Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) implementation.”

Real Time continues to be an innovator within the healthcare analytics industry. With over 700+ facilities currently utilizing Real Time’s leading interventional analytics tools, the company is working toward improving collaborative coordinated care efforts between hospitals and post-acute care providers within our communities.

“Having Creative Solutions join the Real Time network is a true testament to our efforts in creating an integrated preferred care network,” states Joan Neuscheler, CEO of Real Time Medical Systems. “We are honored to be providing an analytical solution that will help to increase their efforts in providing superior patient-care to their senior community, while minimizing the administrative burdens that face so many clinicians today.”

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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 700+ facilities, throughout 30+ states, and monitoring nearly 100,000 lives – Real Time continues to ensure patient-centered care is at the forefront for its clients.  

Press Contact
Keri DeSalvo
Marketing Director
kdesalvo@realtimemed.com

Real Time Medical Systems Launches a Suite of Interventional Analytics Tools to Completely Manage PDPM

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Baltimore, MD, July 11, 2019 – Real Time Medical Systems (Real Time), the leading healthcare interventional analytics software company for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), post-acute care providers, hospitals, ACOs, and payers, has seen a 150% growth in sales since the beginning of 2018 as demand increases for an intuitive Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) solution amongst SNFs nationwide.

With the anticipated new Medicare Payment rule set to launch October 1, 2019, SNFs are doing their best to understand the 20,000+ categories (up from 66 RUGS categories) and over 140 additional MDS items that will be used in calculating reimbursements. “SNFs need to be focused on caring for patients, not concerned how to correctly code in PDPM to capture the correct revenue for the care they are providing” states El Harris, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Real Time Medical Systems. “Our flagship interventional analytics software platform helps them do both. When it comes to PDPM, we want to give SNFs a tool that will easily manage PDPM’s Initial Assessment (IA) and Interim Payment Assessments (IPA) – giving facilities confidence that they will be paid correctly.”

Working in collaboration with Zimmet Healthcare, the Real Time team did its due diligence by studying the new PDPM guidelines, researching the marketplace, and listening to its clients. “We’ve really covered all the bases when it comes to creating the best, most comprehensive and complete PDPM solution in the industry – and made it simple to use as well as cost effective” exclaims Mr. Harris.

Based on Real Time’s recent exponential growth, it’s apparent that users of the platform agree. SNFs across the country are welcoming Real Time into their facilities as they prepare for PDPM. The platform optimizes IA revenue by continually scanning over 350+ data points in the EHR, including those found in nursing notes, of every patient, every day. Live IPA Alerts are provided to clinical leaders so IPAs can be submitted for reimbursement with no time or money lost. In addition, the Real Time platform has the agility to work within a facility’s already established work flow and provides an extensive keyword search that does not require any additional data input. Detailed PDPM reports deliver all the information necessary for facilities to complete IAs and IPAs with ease and confidence.

Real Time continues to be an innovator within the healthcare analytics industry. Operating in 700+ facilities, throughout 30+ states, and monitoring nearly 100,000 lives – Real Time continues to ensure patient-centered care is at the forefront for its clients. 

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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 700+ facilities, throughout 30+ states, and monitoring nearly 100,000 lives – Real Time continues to ensure patient-centered care is at the forefront for its clients.  

Press Contact
Keri DeSalvo
Marketing Director
kdesalvo@realtimemed.com

Western Maryland Health System Selects Real Time Medical Systems as Their Post-Acute Care Analytics Tool

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Baltimore, MD, June 03, 2019 – Real Time Medical Systems (Real Time), the leading healthcare interventional analytics software company serving post-acute care providers, hospitals, health systems, health plans, and ACOs, is excited to announce that Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) will be implementing -Real Time’s analytics platform to help reduce hospital readmissions within their post-acute care communities.

WMHS has been at the forefront of value-based care initiatives within Western Maryland and the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Utilizing RTMS’ interventional analytical software will help WMHS to enhance their collaborative care efforts with their post-acute care network by providing transparent insight into patient’s data after they have been discharged to a skilled nursing facility.

“We are extremely honored that Western Maryland Health System has selected Real Time Medical Systems as their provider of choice for assisting in lowering readmissions within their post-acute care network,” states Joan P. Neuscheler, CEO and Director of Real Time Medical Systems. “The shear transparency and interventional analytics, which are provided in real time, is unlike any other on the market, and ensures patient-centered care is at the forefront for our clients.”

Real Time has seen their client’s readmission data drop as much as 50% within the first 6-9 months of implementation. The ability for health systems and skilled nursing facilities to share data in real time, ensures optimal patient care.

Real Time continues to be an innovator within the healthcare analytics industry. With over 750 facilities currently utilizing their leading interventional analytics tools, Real Time is working toward improving collaborative coordinated care efforts between hospitals and post-acute care providers within our communities.

About Real Time Medical Systems

Real Time Medical Systems, LLC provides a platform to organize and unite a health system’s nursing home network. Real Time allows hospitals and health systems to manage the readmission risks of patients who are currently in nursing facilities and intervene on clinical conditions in real time. This enables the health system to proactively improve patient outcomes and reduce readmissions. In addition, Real Time delivers clear, data-driven interventional insights to clinical decision makers and care providers at skilled nursing facilities ensuring quality care improvements and appropriate reimbursement. The company has grown by over 250% in the last fiscal year and services clients in 30+ states. For more information, visit realtimemed.com

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Keri DeSalvo
Director of Marketing
kdesalvo@realtimemed.com








Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Partners with Medline to Implement Overhaul of Quality Initiatives

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New York-based nursing home investing in new solutions that will improve resident care and enhance staff efficiencies

Medline and Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center today announced a new partnership that will bring greater quality of care to residents and enhance operational efficiencies for facility staff.

Through this agreement, Medline will provide Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center a portfolio of products and value-added programs to maximize quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) efforts. In particular, the facility will utilize the abaqis® Quality Management System, a complete quality management system with core components that manage survey readiness and QAPI, helping facilities better comply with regulations. Under CMS’ new Requirements of Participation, providers were expected to complete a facility assessment to identify the resources needed to provide care and services to its residents. Providigm, the company behind abaqis, created a facility assessment tool in abaqis to help take the guesswork out of the assessment process and create an automated process for aggregating resident data.

Additionally, Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will leverage Real Time Medical Systems, a simple application that sits on top of a facility’s EMR. The technology extracts up to 150 clinical data elements on every resident, several times per day, to provide a live view a patient’s present conditions. Real Time’s new patent-pending acuity monitor will enable staff to understand which patients are at higher risk for hospital readmissions, giving Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center insight needed to respond and direct care before it becomes a readmission…

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How a skilled nursing facility improved readmissions, clinical quality and its finances

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Source: Healthcare Finance

Vernon Manor and Manchester Manor deployed software on top of its EHR to analyze clinical data fields and recommend interventions

Rather than stay in the paper-based environment common to many skilled nursing facilities, Liistro’s facilities are moving forward into what he sees as the future of long-term care.

For two years now, Liistro has been using Real Time Medical Systems, which has been expanding its presence thanks to a partnership with healthcare distributor Medline Industries. Essentially a platform that sits on top of a facility’s electronic medical record, Real Time analyzes 150 clinical data fields, provides recommended interventions and consolidates the data into a single report. It gives the two Connecticut facilities a fresh report each day at 12:01.

Now, Liistro and his staff don’t have to wait until the EMR’s minimum data set pinpoints a trend that’s happening. That has improved clinical quality, which in turn has resulted in fewer patients being readmitted to a local hospital.

“That is a metric that is problematic, because it’s very expensive for the federal government,” said Liistro. “It’s problematic for us and the industry because the government is now creating a program where they penalize us for readmissions, and that starts in 2018. So you have to look for solutions that are going to help you avoid those things. If you’re lowering the readmissions rate, you’re starting to do things better.”

The two facilities have also been able to improve their patients’ lengths of stay. In Connecticut, the average length of stay for a patient in a skilled nursing facility is…

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