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Kindred Rehabilitation is at the forefront of post-acute care technology, research and best practices. As part of this focus, we are constantly developing white papers and other educational materials.

5 Financial Benefits of Rehabilitation Partnership

As financial strain continues to impact hospitals across the country, health leaders are seeking partnership to increase financial stability amid an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Read this guide to discover how hospital leaders can overcome today’s unique challenges and make the most of the growing opportunity through joint-venture or contract management rehabilitation partnership – ultimately benefitting your hospital’s financial performance.

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4 Benefits of Behavioral Health Partnership for Hospital Performance

Hospitals are finding that joint-venture or contract management partnership with a dedicated behavioral health expert can be a beneficial strategy to meet the demand while also helping to optimize quality and efficiency, lower risk and improve care access.

Read this guide to discover four key benefits of behavioral health partnership that can help optimize overall hospital performance.

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2022 Trends: Your Hospital’s Guide to Improved Performance

The rapidly changing healthcare environment makes it challenging to strategically align focus with the growing opportunity in local communities.

Learn the top trends in healthcare for 2022 with analysis from industry leaders including Deloitte and Fortune. Further, hear from Kindred Rehabilitation Services’ Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Sally Brooks on how these trends are impacting health systems.

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Acute Agility: Why Leaders Should Build Flexibility Into Their Strategic Plans

As the medical complexity of patients in the United States continues to increase, it is important for providers to be flexible in their ability to respond to current and future patient needs.

In order to effectively prepare for the future, health systems should consider co-locating a variety of services on their hospital campuses beyond short-term acute care, including rehabilitation, long-term acute care and behavioral health, and allow for beds to be designated flexibly across these services.

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10 Steps to Optimize Your Hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit

With greater emphasis being placed on care transitions and readmission rates, especially as facilities work to recover from COVID-19, inpatient rehabilitation units have incredible potential to become high-performing centers of excellence that create greater patient access and enhance the performance of the entire hospital.

While the benefits are clear, maintaining a fully optimized rehabilitation unit is complex and requires specialized expertise. Further, compliance remains crucial as penalties are severe – making a well-run program important for reducing readmission rates and associated financial penalties.

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Rise of Medically Complex Patient: Prepare Your Rehabilitation Program

Hospital-based rehabilitation programs are expecting to see a major influx of medically complex patients, including those with neurological conditions, in the coming decades. However, COVID-19 has further spurred the drastic increase and caused an immediate rise in medically complex patients with multiple comorbidities.

By efficiently and effectively evolving to meet the needs of this growing population, rehabilitation programs can successfully meet the challenge at hand, providing patients with the highest quality of care while achieving greater performance standards.

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The Critical Role Inpatient Rehabilitation Plays in COVID-19 Recovery

This guide outlines the unique value that inpatient rehabilitation units and hospitals have played in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the ongoing unique role that they will have once we have emerged from the pandemic.

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Ask the Expert: 10 Things to Know About Denials

Denials for Medicare and private insurance claims are steadily increasing, becoming a critical concern for healthcare providers across the spectrum. In fact, both commercial and public payers are now denying about one in every 10 submitted claims, costing health systems up to 2% of net patient revenue, according to the Advisory Board. Learn the key factors causing a rise in denials for healthcare providers and proven strategies to help patients receive the medically-appropriate care they need to reach a full recovery in this Q&A with Appeals and Denials expert Emily Morgan, JD, SLP, from Kindred

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Finding Rehab Success: Key Benefits of Partnership

The current strain on America’s health system has led many healthcare providers to seek partnership from dedicated experts. This is especially true for rehabilitation. Finding greater expertise and support through a joint venture or acute rehabilitation management can result in significant quality improvement, cost savings and high-demand service line optimization. While the healthcare landscape has never been more challenging, this is a time of great opportunity. This article outlines how finding rehab partnership through a joint venture or unit management can support healthcare providers, the key qualities to look for in a partner and the top questions to ask a potential partner.

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Why Care Settings Matter: Advantages of Inpatient Rehabilitation for COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond

Ensuring patients receive the right level of care at the right time in their care journey is especially critical in today’s environment. Post-acute care has played an important role during the pandemic and will continue to be a part of the solution as more patients recover and work to regain a high quality of life. All post-acute settings are not created equal, as recently acknowledged by the American Hospital Association. This guide breaks down the key differences between the levels of post-acute care, the unique benefits of inpatient rehabilitation in treating COVID-19 patients, and the opportunity to optimize your rehab program or start a new program.

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Role of Rehab in COVID-19 Recovery

As the number of COVID-19 patients in recovery increases, so will the need for rehabilitation. Twenty percent of patients recovering from COVID-19 will require facility-based rehab, according to a recent study in the Journal of Rehabilitation Management.1 Further, the study underscored that inpatient rehab plays a unique and positive role in treating patients recovering from COVID-19. This guide provides research findings and key strategies hospitals can utilize to improve outcomes through rehabilitation for the care of patients recovering from COVID-19.

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Reducing Readmissions

While hospitals have focused on reducing readmission rates for the better part of a decade, 83% will face readmissions penalties in fiscal year 2020, according to a recent Kaiser Health News (KHN) 1 analysis. Penalties cost hospitals more than half a billion dollars annually. One key, and often overlooked, strategy that can help hospitals reduce readmission rates is to have strong post-acute care partners.

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2020 Rehab Trends

In 2020, our nation’s healthcare delivery and payment environment will continue its multi-year evolution. While some key trends will continue and expand, 2020 also brings new trends that will have a significant impact on healthcare providers across the continuum.

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10 Steps to Optimize Your Rehab Unit

With greater emphasis being placed on care transitions and readmission rates, inpatient rehabilitation programs have the incredible potential to become high-performing centers of excellence that optimize the performance of the entire hospital. Rehabilitation is so critical because it is key to patient recovery for medically complex patient populations that continue to grow as the population ages, and essential in reducing readmissions and associated financial penalties.

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Combating the Rehab Talent Shortage

A rehab program is only as good as its staff. Acquiring, retaining and keeping rehab talent engaged is critical for program effectiveness. Staffing issues can burden providers with additional costs and make it hard for them to deliver a consistently high quality of care, but there are key strategies to help relieve the staffing burden.

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Patient Engagement Through Technology

Reputation, whether good or bad, plays a large part in attracting patients, employees, physicians and partner healthcare institutions – and patient and family engagement are vital drivers of a hospital’s reputation. This white paper contains strategies for incorporating technology into patient engagement initiatives.

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Meeting Healthcare’s Challenges Through the Formation of Care Networks

In today’s health environment, no provider can live in a vacuum, focusing only on the level of care they provide without regard to what happens before and after a patient comes through their system. Effective care transitions are critical to reducing readmissions, conforming to financial challenges and improving outcomes, all of which lead to optimal patient care delivery. Creating preferred post-acute care networks helps to ensure effective transitions between settings and helps providers capture emerging market opportunities.

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Can Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and Units Boost Performance in a Value-Based World?

As new healthcare delivery models evolve and adjust to market and regulatory changes, post-acute care (PAC) providers must understand the numerous and often complex factors affecting patient care and reimbursement within the value-based model.

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Post-Acute Care and Provider Partnerships

Rehabilitation, a key piece of the post-acute continuum, presents its own unique opportunities and challenges and is often outside of what most acute health systems view as a core competency. However, acute care hospitals and systems can find success in the post-acute and rehabilitation space if they employ proven strategies.

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New AHA/ASA Guidelines on the Importance of Care Setting for Post-Acute Stroke Patients

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) issued its first-ever guidelines on adult stroke rehabilitation. The guidelines provide new guidance for acute-care providers in determining the most appropriate post-acute venue for a growing population of stroke survivors.

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Why IRFs and ARUs Are a Better Choice for Many Trauma Patients

Research published by the American College of Surgeons shows trauma patients who went to an IRF following acute care significantly increased their functional independence, improved their chances of going home and had a lower risk of death than patients who did not receive IRF care.

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