Drive Better Outcomes From Your ACO Post-Acute Care Networks

March 1, 2020
With smartphones attached at the hip, apps that manage nearly every aspect of our lives, and social media feeds that keep us up-to-date, we may be connected 24/7, but real relationships still matter in business and in life. The key to any successful relationship requires that both parties prioritize transparency, trust, engagement, and collaboration. As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." And nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the partnership between Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and their post-acute care networks. With the shift towards value-based care,...read more

PDPM: Premature Celebration Could Be Your Costliest Mistake

February 12, 2020
Zimmet Healthcare recently wrote that PDPM is a “monumental improvement.” And, it is. For those of us who have spent hours, days, months, and even years prepping for PDPM, we’re satisfied with this new reimbursement model – even though there are plenty of concerns for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to address. Early reporting suggests that the per patient day ($PPD) revenue has improved, but it is not clear whether the aggregate Medicare reimbursement has improved, stayed the same, or decreased. Length of Stay (LOS), alternative payment models, and hospital referrals must be calculated into PDPM’s overall...read more

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

January 18, 2020
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...read more

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

September 26, 2019
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...read more

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