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Reducing Readmissions: A 360 Perspective

Reducing Readmissions: A 360 Perspective

By Christy Rakoczy on May 2nd, 2013

The high number of readmissions within 30 days is an issue that all hospitals are currently seeking to analyze and improve. In order to do so, it is crucial to assess and improve current practices and develop innovative new policies and procedures that will help patients to recover quickly without need for readmission within a short period of time. **The Importance of Reducing Readmissions** Currently, about one in five Medicare patients are being readmitted to hospitals within 30 days due to secondary conditions that have arisen since discharge after treatment of an initial condition such as heart failure or pneumonia. To reduce this number, hospitals have begun to modify and improve patient care while the patient is hospitalized as well as after the patient has been discharged.

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Post-Hospital Syndrome: The Silent Enemy

Post-Hospital Syndrome: The Silent Enemy

By Christy Rakoczy on May 2nd, 2013

With the advent of new penalties for hospitals in an effort to reduce readmissions, it is critical to explore post-hospital syndrome, its causes and prevention. Post-Hospital syndrome is the condition of a patient after being treated in a hospital. About 20 percent of Medicare patients who receive treatment for an initial condition such as heart failure, COPD or pneumonia are readmitted within 30 days for other acquired conditions. The secondary conditions may include mental illness, heart failure, pneumonia, or gastrointestinal disturbance, to name a few.

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Video Marketing is Crucial for Nursing Homes

Video Marketing is Crucial for Nursing Homes

By Christy Rakoczy on April 29th, 2013

According to [Ragan’s Healthcare Communication News](http://www.healthcarecommunication.com/Main/Articles/How_nursing_home_marketing_can_help_families_9972.aspx), a 2012 study conducted by the Roberts Group indicated that newspaper ads, household mailings and radio commercials were the top three types of marketing material that influence the decision about whether to consider visiting a particular assisted living or skilled nursing facility. However, while these types of advertising are somewhat effective, the biggest things that influence the choice of care facility are the cleanliness of the facility and the attentiveness of the staff, none of which can be effectively conveyed in a stationary ad.

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Discharge Planning

Which Care Transition Model is Best?

By Christy Rakoczy on April 22nd, 2013

Care transition models play a huge role in lowering readmissions. Patients, families, and medical providers depend on these models to answer the “What, When, and Who” during a deterioration in a condition after being discharged. Hospitals have developed these models to point out to patients and their caregivers what red flags to look out for in their medical condition, when to make that call, and who to contact to attain appropriate care. Due to a fragmented healthcare system, the models have provided solutions in unifying medical providers into one system so patients receive timely and non-repetitive aftercare. I have looked into five current care transition models and outlined their differences to help you determine which is best.

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The Effect of CMS 30 Day Readmission Policies on California Patients and Hospitals

By Christy Rakoczy on April 14th, 2013

In 2010 the Affordable Health Care Act was enacted and the process of moving toward full implementation of the Act began. In 2012, the CMS 30 Day Readmission Policy began to be enforced, penalizing thousands of hospitals for readmission of certain patients within a 30 day period. According to CMS.gov, penalty applies to readmissions of patients who had previously been admitted with Acute Myocardial Infection, Heart Failure, or Pneumonia. This penalty, a reduction in reimbursement by Medicare, up to 1%, cost hospitals hundreds of thousands of dollars but some assert that the goal of the policy, to improve follow up healthcare by hospitals to prevent necessary returns by patients, is being achieved as the percentage of readmissions nationwide dropped to 17.8% from the stagnant 19% it had been for several years.

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Social Worker

Are Social Workers & Case Managers The Next Doctors

By Justin Usher on April 12th, 2013

On April 11, 2013 GE Ventures held the Insight Series: Digital Health. The discussion was led by NBC News' [Nancy Snyderman M.D.](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Snyderman), author [Eric Topol M.D.](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Topol), [Unity Stoakes](http://about.me/unitystoakes) of Startup Health and [Rafael Torres](http://www.ge.com/company/ge-ventures/team) of GE Ventures. The topics ranged from prescribing apps versus drugs, HIPAA's impact on innovation in healthcare, patient privacy, and predictions for the future of healthcare.

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Featured Events Brought to You by the AARP and Others

By Ninette Tan on April 5th, 2013

Authors of Waiting to Exhale, Sex and the City, and Joy Luck Club  at AARP Expo.  AARP is thrilled to have [Terry McMillan](http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/events/national_event/las-vegas/speakers/terry-mcmillan-speaker/), [Candace Bushnell](http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/events/national_event/las-vegas/speakers/candace-bushnell-speaker/) and [Amy Tan](http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/events/national_event/las-vegas/speakers/amy-tan-speaker/) on stage together at Life@50+ in Las Vegas. Check out these other exciting aging-related events for health care providers and people age 50+: <style type="text/css"><!-- P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { } --></style>

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Social Media

Tweet the Change You Want to See: Health Care Reform on Twitter

By Christy Rakoczy on April 2nd, 2013

I participated in a Symplur chat with the hashtag #SOSeniors held by Save Our Seniors ([@SaveSeniors](https://twitter.com/saveseniors)).  The discussion revolved heavily around allocation of government funding and support for long-term care programs as well as a call to action by patient advocates. _[Symplur](http://www.symplur.com/)_ is a company dedicated to connecting individuals to the latest trends in healthcare and health technology. Their [healthcare hashtag project](http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/) has tackled the issue of complexity and variation in hashtags that may confuse people. Working on a unified hashtag topic grants access for providers and other interested parties to discuss in a shared space (conversing under the same hashtag). The diversity in participants is what draws a healthcare provider like myself to these chats. Patients and healthcare providers or organizations gather to discuss ways of reforming healthcare practice. A schedule of the current chats can be found [here](http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/tweet-chats/).

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Social Worker

Highlights of National Social Workers Month

By Christy Rakoczy on April 1st, 2013

March was National Social Workers month, and this year’s theme was “**Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy**.”  Across the United States, over 650,000 social workers reach out to people in need, and the profession continues to grow.  The official website for the month,  [http://www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/swmonth/](http://www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/swmonth/), includes 100 ways to promote social work.  Just because March is over doesn’t mean these ideas can’t be employed! Some highlights of the month are below.

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What to Know When Touring a Nursing Facility (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Ninette Tan on March 24th, 2013

With Alzheimer's services being the single most expensive post-acute care service in the U.S., families and care coordinators must take into consideration all domains of care unique to the elder resident with dementia or similar form of memory impairment. The responsibility of the nursing facilities recommended to families during the transition of continuing care is to have the most up-to-date knowledge of skill and practice a person-centered care approach similar to patient-centered care in the hospital.

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