Category 'RightTransitions'

Right at Home Seeks to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

With one in five Medicare patients returning to the hospital within 30 days of release, the U.S. government is now financially penalizing hospitals with high readmittance rates. While imposing these penalties on hospitals, the government also is trying to solve the issue.

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February Is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and how to prevent this often-silent killer.

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Health Literacy Linked to Hospital Readmissions Rate

Number of reasons explain why patients with low health literacy may return to the hospital soon after their discharge. Healthcare community needs to change approach to overcome these barriers.

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Recent Progress in Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Some hospitals are more successful than others at reducing the 30-day hospital readmission rates. More than 2,000 were penalized by the government starting last October. Grove City Medical Center has been doing a better job than most at preventing readmissions.A Cigna studyfound that telephonic outreach lowered readmission rate by 22%.UW Hospital has bought the Best Western InnTowner Hotel to house patients from around the region before procedures, during extended treatments and for post-discharge lab tests and education.Proteus has developed a technology based on an ingestible sensor that can track how well patients are adhering to their medications.On January 22nd, Right at Home CEO Allen Hager talked with Fox Business News about the Right at Home program Right Transitions.

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RightTransitions Helps Reduce Readmission Rates

Recognizing the need for providing safe and supervised transitions for our in-home care clients, Right at Home developed the RightTransitions program.

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What Are Care Transitions?

Care transitions refer to a medical patient moving from one healthcare provider or healthcare setting to another. Seniors with illnesses, for example, may visit a primary care physician and then be admitted to a hospital and receive treatment from a hospital physician and nursing staff.

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Illinois Hospitals Take Measures to Reduce Readmissions

More than two dozen Illinois hospitals face Medicare cuts totaling as much as $19 million next year under the new federal health care law because too many of their patients are being readmitted for heart attacks and other ailments. St. John's Hospital and Schnuck Markets have teamed up to reduce readmissions by improving post discharge medication adherence. NorthShore University Health Systems has applied data analytics tools to focus on reducing its readmission rate from 21% to 17% over a period of six months.

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The Alzheimer’s Crisis Is Escalating; Recovering After Hip Fracture

These and other stories are in the August edition of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter, providing information, advice and support for adult caregiving.

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Recent News on Hospital Readmissions

Before North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, FL, re-engineered its discharge process 2 yrs ago, 29% of patients were being readmitted within 30 days. Now, it has dropped to 15%. The team examined the records and interviewed patients admitted within 30 days,findings were somewhat of a surprise

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Keys to Hospital Readmission Reductions

Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions is about improving support across all settings, including hospitals,office practices, home care, agencies on aging, social services and skilled nursing facilities," says Patricia Rutherford, RN, vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

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