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Readmissions
medicare

REMINDER: Medicare To Penalize 2,211 Hospitals For Excess Readmissions [STARTING TODAY 10/1/12]

By M.L. Sutton on October 1st, 2012

_This post originally appeared here: [http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/August/13/medicare-hospitals-readmissions-penalties.aspx](http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/August/13/medicare-hospitals-readmissions-penalties.aspx)_ _and was published by Kaiser Health News._ More than 2,000 hospitals — including some nationally recognized ones — will be penalized by the government starting in October because many of their patients are readmitted soon after discharge, new records show. Together, these hospitals will forfeit about $280 million in Medicare funds over the next year as the government begins a wide-ranging push to start paying health care providers based on the quality of care they provide. With nearly one in five Medicare patients returning to the hospital within a month of discharge, the government considers readmissions a prime symptom of an overly expensive and uncoordinated health system. Hospitals have had little financial incentive to ensure patients get the care they need once they leave, and in fact they benefit financially when patients don’t recover and return for more treatment.

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Long-Term Care

Assisted Living: Not Your Grandma's Retirement

By Justin Usher on September 27th, 2012

_This post originally appeared here: [http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/09/19/assisted-living-not-your-grandma-retirement/](http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/09/19/assisted-living-not-your-grandma-retirement/)_ _and was published by FoxBusiness.com._ **Trends in Assisted Living** Hospital curtains and cafeteria food? Not anymore. Assisted living facilities have come a long way from the clinical institutions of old, offering residents an ever-expanding menu of amenities that reflect the diversity of baby boomers themselves. "The population is aging, and more consumers can demand more choices," says Andrew Carle, founding director of the Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University, which teaches students to manage senior living properties.

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Long-Term Care
OpenPlacement Resource Guide

OpenPlacement’s Top Long Term Care Resources on The Web

By Dan Trigub on September 20th, 2012

The OpenPlacement team has scowered the internet for it's top 22 picks of Long Term Care resources on the web.  Here is just a select few - read more to see the complete list with hyperlinks and detailed descriptions of each and every resource. * AARP * Administration on Aging * American Geriatrics Society * American Health Care Association * American Occupational Therapy Association * American Society of Consultant Pharmacists * Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services * Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services * Eldercare Locator, Administration on Aging * [...more](http://www.openplacement.com/blog/2012/09/openplacements-top-long-term-care-resources-on-the-web)

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Social Security

Understanding Social Security & Medicare (Major Changes in 2012)

By Justin Usher on September 14th, 2012

Social Security marked its 76th anniversary on August 14, 2011. The Social Security program was established to provide the base of financial protection for working people and their families when earnings are lost due to retirement, disability, or death. In addition to the worker’s benefit, Social Security benefits may be paid to the spouses and children of workers. Benefits are an earned right, and they maintain their value with automatic annual cost-of-living increases.

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Discharge Planning

IN THE TRENCHES: THE DISCHARGE PLANNER Bridging Gaps Between Hospital and Home

By M.L. Sutton on September 13th, 2012

_This post originally appeared here:_ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/19/health/19tren.html](http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/19/health/19tren.html) _and was published by the NYTimes.com._ Almost as soon as patients are admitted to 9 Silver, a general medicine floor at [Beth Israel Medical Center](http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/b/beth_israel_medical_center/index.html?inline=nyt-org) in downtown Manhattan, Alicia Tennenbaum starts planning how to get them to leave. As a hospital discharge planner, Ms. Tennenbaum is a health care traffic cop, patrolling a wildly busy intersection of medical, economic and social challenges. On 9 Silver, she visits patients who are elderly, impoverished or just reeling from a diagnosis, asking: Do you need a ride home? Do you have a home? Do you need help with shopping, meals? Grab bars in the shower? Physical therapy? Do you have someone who can get you to check-ups?

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Readmissions

Top 10 Conditions to Reduce Readmissions

By Dan Trigub on September 13th, 2012

HIN.com's “chart of the week” depicts the top 10 targeted conditions to reduce readmissions:  * Heart Failure * COPD * CVD * Pneumonia * Heart Attack / MI * [...more](http://www.openplacement.com/blog/2012/09/top-10-conditions-to-reduce-readmissions)

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Readmissions
medicare

How Nursing Homes Can Cut Hospital Readmissions

By OpenPlacement on September 12th, 2012

_This post originally appeared here:_ [_http://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2012/09/12/how-nursing-homes-can-cut-hospital-readmissions/_](http://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2012/09/12/how-nursing-homes-can-cut-hospital-readmissions/) _and was published by Forbes.com._ Too many people make the dangerous roundtrip from hospital to nursing facility and back again. These transfers may increase risks of delirium, medication errors, falls, and infection. There is no doubt that some patients die as a result of these transfers. And, they cost payers—Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance—hundreds of millions of dollars each year. The real tragedy: By some estimates as many as 60 percent of these rehospitalizations are preventable.

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Readmissions
medicare

Guide to Medicare Plan Types Part A-B-C-D

By OpenPlacement on September 11th, 2012

_This post originally appeared here: [http://www.seniorcommunityguide.com/medicare/](http://www.seniorcommunityguide.com/medicare/) and was published by the SeniorCommunityGuide._ Overview of Medicare Health Insurance Medicare was created as part of the Social Security Act of 1965 that was signed by former President Lyndon B. Johnson. The first enrollees were former President Harry Truman and his wife Bess, who both received their Medicare cards at the bill singing ceremony held on July 30, 1965.

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Case Management
Case Manager Load Report

Case Manager Load Report

By OpenPlacement on August 15th, 2012

Courtesy of HIN.com here is their “chart of the week” depicting the average monthly caseload of a case manager. This information is based on the [“2012 Ben](http://www.hin.com/chartoftheweek/2012_case_manager_average_caseload_printable.html)[chmarks in Healthcare ](http://www.hin.com/chartoftheweek/2012_case_manager_average_caseload_printable.html)[Case Mana](http://www.hin.com/chartoftheweek/2012_case_manager_average_caseload_printable.html)[ge](http://www.hin.com/chartoftheweek/2012_case_manager_average_caseload_printable.html)[m](http://www.hin.com/chartoftheweek/2012_case_manager_average_caseload_printable.html)[ent”](http://www.hin.com/chartoftheweek/2012_case_manager_average_caseload_printable.html) report from  the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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