Healthcare Headlines Blog

  • The Impact of Early Mobility on Patient Recovery

    By Kim Harwell, PT | Senior Director of Quality, KHRS – LTACHs

    Studies show that keeping hospital patients in bed or in a chair can increase the likelihood of muscle atrophy, blood clots and bed sores. For some patients, immobilization – even for a few days – can lead to a permanent functional decline.

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  • Healthcare Headlines: April 2018

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Report Highlights Hospital Quality Improvement Gains

    According to the latest report, unplanned hospital readmissions dropped by 70,000 for Medicare Part C patients between 2011 and 2015, avoiding more than $1 billion in healthcare costs. Read more

    House Lawmakers Launch Group To Push Value-Based Care Policies

    The federal government has taken another step forward in the push toward value-based care models and accompanying technologies through the creation of a new group of U.S. House of Representatives. Read more

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  • Major Shift in Healthcare: The Top Changes to Know in 2018

    By Susan Feeney, Senior Director of Communications and Public Policy, Kindred Healthcare

    In 2018, seismic changes taking place in healthcare will help trigger the evolution of our nation’s healthcare system, including services available to the aging population.

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  • Healthcare Headlines: March 2018

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Uber Launches Ride Service Tailored to Health Care Providers

    UberHealth hits the market, enabling health care providers to hail on-demand and scheduled rides for patients. Uber is hoping to help reduce missed appointments and the trickledown effect they have on healthcare spending. Read more

    Assuming Risk Key to Medicare Savings Under New Payment Models

    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) only generate savings for the government if they accept risk, according to an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read more

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  • Reducing Readmissions: Enhance Your Information Exchange Across Care Settings

    By Rob Wileman, VP IT Enterprise Architectures & Analytics
    Errors during the exchange of patient information between acute and post-acute settings often lead to higher patient and family dissatisfaction, an increased risk of readmission and higher costs of care. Due to the lack of electronic medical record adoption and overall system limitations to meet the needs of complex patients, providers must consider all options to improve acute to post-acute information exchange. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines: February 2018

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Risk-Averse ACOs Miss Out On Nearly $1 Billion In Savings

    Under MACRA, the majority of accountable care organizations in zero-risk contracts would benefit from an additional $966 million in savings if they took on downside risk, according to a new report. Read the full analysis here.

    CMS unveils new bundled payment model: Here's what you need to know

    The CMS' new voluntary bundled-payment model increases the potential of financial bonuses and greater flexibility for health systems and physicians. Read more to find out how you could benefit.

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  • Healthcare Headlines: January 2018

    By Kindred Healthcare

    The Data Are In, But Debate Rages: Are Hospital Readmission Penalties A Good Idea?

    Research has begun to assess the impacts of financial incentives for hospitals to reduce readmissions. Preliminary data is coming in and already experts, looking at the same numbers, are reaching different conclusions. Read more

    CMS Adds Star Ratings, Patient Experience To Physician Compare Site

    Patient experience scores and star ratings have been added to the Physician Compare website for patients and caregivers to review. The site will now display physicians' 2016 performance under the Physician Quality Reporting System as star ratings as well as feature "group pages" that show the overall performance of a physician practice instead of individual doctors. Read more

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  • The Evolving Role of Primary Care

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Primary care physicians increasingly play a key role in Healthcare Reform and other efforts encouraging innovative approaches to care for a rapidly aging population. These initiatives share a common goal of improving patient outcomes, preventing hospitalizations and reducing costs to the system. Read Full Post
  • Understanding MACRA: Your Quick Reference Guides

    By Kindred Healthcare
    If you aren’t ready for the impact of MACRA, now is the time to prepare. Even though the CMS released the final rule on MACRA implementation in 2016, and the first performance period under MACRA began in January 2017, there still seems to be a lot of confusion as to what it actually is. Read Full Post
  • Healthcare Headlines: December 2017

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Report: Hospitals Enhance Antibiotics Stewardship, Continue To Reduce MRSA

    According to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services, hospitals are enhancing their antibiotic stewardship programs to incorporate the core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

    Verma announces CMS initiative to revise, simplify quality measures under federal health care programs

    CMS recently announced a new federal initiative aimed to simplify quality measures, reduce regulatory burdens, and prompt innovation in the health care industry as it moves toward value-based payments. Read more

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