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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

    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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  • Healthcare Headlines: July 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    The Importance Of Data In Value-Based Care, And How To Maximize It

    Recent Accenture analysis projects value-based care will account for 59% of healthcare payments by 2020, up from 34% in 2017. Know the implications. Read more

    CMS To No Longer Exclude Medicare ACOs From BPCI Advanced Savings

    CMS announces expansion within their advanced bundled payment model – program benefits to soon apply to all beneficiaries – as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Read more

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  • Improve Patient Outcomes through Post-Discharge Virtual Care

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

    New approaches to care management are required as our nation faces a wave of aging Americans with new and increasing healthcare needs. Adding headwinds to this scenario are the anticipated physician shortage and a continued push toward value-based care.

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  • Healthcare Headlines: June 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Precision Medicine: Getting The Data Creates A Challenge For Physicians

    Complexities around getting and interpreting clinical data are stalling physicians’ efforts to move from evidenced-based to precision medicine. Read more

    AHA Releases Playbook To Help Hospital Leaders Address Burnout

    New resource to help hospitals and health systems’ leaders avoid employee burnout by building a culture of well-being and purpose. Check out the full playbook. Read more

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  • Healthcare Headlines: May 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    48 States Use Value-Based Care And Payment Models, Study Shows

    New study shows value-based care and payment programs have launched in nearly all states. Not only did the study find that 48 states have now implemented them, compared to just six in 2013 and 16 in 2014, but the last 5 years have seen the most significant growth in prevalence. Read more

    Improve Medication Reconciliation, Post-Acute Handoff Using 2-Part Discharge Checklist

    Research by the Cleveland Clinic shows the importance of communication and care coordination between providers as patients move between facilities to avoid medication errors and costly readmissions. Read more

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  • Healthcare Headlines: April 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Sepsis Treatment Costs Shoot Up $1.5 Billion For Hospitals Over 3 Years

    New report by Premier found the cost of treating patients who develop sepsis in the hospital rose by 20% in just 3 years. Most interesting, the number of patients who developed sepsis declined by 15%, but spending increased significantly as those patients were more likely to get septic shock, which is more severe and therefore more costly to treat. Read more

    Doctors Need To Do Better At Talking To Families About Critically Ill Patients

    Recent study monitored 244 conferences between clinicians and families of patients in intensive care units who have at least a 50% chance of dying in the hospital. The findings concluded that these conversations could be improved through more recognition of the patients’ values and preferences. Read more

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  • Healthcare Headlines: March 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Physicians Generate $2.4M Annually for Their Hospitals, Study Finds

    Recent survey shows that physicians generate an average of $2,378,727 per year in net revenue for their affiliated hospitals. Read more

    Study: Physician Burnout, Work-Life Integration Improving

    Latest report indicates physician burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration improved between 2014 and 2017, but not all aspects studied saw gains each year. Read more

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