• 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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  • Healthcare Headlines: July 2019

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    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

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    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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