• 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: October 2019

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Healthcare Headlines - News You Can Use From the U.S. Healthcare Industry

    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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