• Healthcare Headlines: December 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    CMS Is Changing How It Pays Doctors To Coordinate Care

    CMS has finalized rules that modify how physicians get paid to encourage primary care physicians and other clinicians to spend more time coordinating care for their patients. The intention is to help address the social determinants of health, increase patient adherence to treatment, and improve the continuity of care. Check out this article for all payment updates, including the physician fee schedule. Read more

    CDC Updates Core Elements Of Antibiotic Stewardship Of Hospitals

    With the March 30, 2020, deadline requiring all acute care and critical access hospitals participating in Medicare to have antibiotic stewardship programs, CMS has updated its Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs. The updates provide examples of leadership commitment to antibiotic stewardship programs, highlight priority interventions and process measures, and emphasize the key role that pharmacists and nurses play in improving antibiotic use in hospitals. Read to see if your antibiotic stewardship program follows these best practices. Read more

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  • Reducing Respiratory Failure Readmissions While COPD Is on the Rise

    By Sean R. Muldoon, MD, MPH, FCCP, Chief Medical Officer, Kindred Hospitals
    By 2030, COPD is projected to be the third most common cause of death and is already the third most common reason for hospital readmission. Because clinical capabilities vary across post-acute settings, it is important to identify downstream partners who can provide expert care for complex pulmonary patients. Take a look at this guide for key strategies to improve outcomes for this at risk population. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines: November 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Medicare Shared Savings ACOs Generated $1.7b In Savings In 2018

    CMS announced that the 2018 Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $1.7 billion in total savings. It also reported that ACOs in the shared savings and risk-based models saw reductions in per-enrollee spending. ACOs that took on downside risk generated more savings than ACOs that did not. See the full report for more on how ACOs are trending. Read more

    Number Of Certified Physician Assistants Surging

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 31% growth in the PA profession from 2018 to 2028, which the federal agency characterizes as "much faster than average" compared to other occupations. With the anticipated physician shortage, many think that physician assistant participation in clinical care teams is the solution. Check out the full analysis for more on the shifting role of PAs. Read more

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  • Healthcare Headlines: October 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare
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    Does Value-Based Pay Have A Future?

    While just about everyone in healthcare likes the idea of paying for outcomes, there still remains a challenge on how to fairly implement it. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was a major step away from fee-for-service for physicians; subsequently, private payers began to embrace the possibilities of value-based care, working incentives into contracts that rewarded physicians who used data to show patients were healthier and avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations. Today, with MACRA a few years in the review mirror, fee-for-service contracts are still the norm. Read the full text to learn what the shifts toward value-based care indicate for the future. Read more

    Better Patient Outcomes, Not Cost Reduction, Top Priority For Provider Execs

    A recent study shows that almost 60% of health system executives ranked improving patient outcomes as the most critical priority for their respective organizations. Improving patient outcomes jumped passed cost reduction, last year's top choice. See the top five responses the study found for what healthcare leaders are prioritizing today. Read more

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  • Treating Sepsis in a World of Value-Based Care

    By Sean R. Muldoon, MD, MPH, FCCP, Chief Medical Officer, Kindred Hospitals

    A recent study indicates that the incidence of sepsis among hospitalized patients is increasing by 8.7% per year.Due to the severity of the condition, these patients are at a high risk of returning to an acute care setting to receive the appropriate clinical treatment.

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  • Healthcare Headlines: September 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

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    AHA Proposes Additional CMS Actions To Reduce Regulatory Burden

    The AHA has proposed additional actions that CMS could take immediately "to reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients that we serve." The proposed actions range from suspending the hospital star ratings and eliminating the “96-hour rule” to modifying Medicare conditions of participation to allow hospitals to recommend post-acute care providers. Read more

    Older Adults Want Telehealth, And MA Is Poised To Expand Its Use

    New study shows that an estimated 25 million people older than 65 are willing to use telehealth. According to the study, there are 3 primary reasons why seniors prefer telehealth over traditional office visits. However, the study also found that some senior citizens still prefer in-person care over telehealth. Read more

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  • The Importance of Post-Acute Care Within ACOs

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been around for nearly a decade, but ongoing changes to the model can be hard to keep up with. As a result, there is often a misconception that only short-term acute care hospitals are included in ACOs. In reality, long-term acute care hospitals play a vital role as well.

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  • Tackling Physician Engagement: 3 Steps You Can Take Today

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Engagement with physicians on your staff can impact far more than retention. It can also affect patient experience, care quality and organizational costs – in fact, it can weigh heavily on the overall success of an organization. Building a strong physician engagement strategy that works for your institution or team can start with a few practical steps to identify the areas of opportunity. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines: August 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

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    Physicians See More Pay Tied To Patient Satisfaction And Outcomes

    New analysis shows physician practices are seeing more of their pay and bonuses based on “value-based metrics such as patient satisfaction and outcome measures” – a trend anticipated to continue as health insurance companies and the federal government move away from fee-for-service reimbursement. See how this evolution is changing pay. Read more

    Telemedicine Is Poised To Grow As Its Popularity Increases Among Physicians And Patients

    Recent report found that telemedicine was worth about $38.3 billion in 2018, and is projected to grow to $130.5 billion by 2025. Studies are starting to show the impact on physicians' jobs, and on the healthcare workforce in general, with more doctors self-reporting the skill and more patient visits conducted using the technology. Learn more about the implications of this growing technology. Read more

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  • Why Rehab Is a Key Factor for ICU Patient Outcomes

    By Sean R. Muldoon, MD, MPH, FCCP, Chief Medical Officer, Kindred Hospitals

    Research demonstrates the benefit of rehabilitation for high acuity patients; however, not all patients receive this important care. Many patients coming out of the ICU need more time to recover in an acute-care setting for a full recovery. These post-intensive care patients can benefit from continued acute-level care paired with specialized rehabilitation therapies.

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