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4 Discharge Tactics To Reduce Senior Readmissions Justin Usher

October 26th, 2012 | 0

ReAdmission_2This post originally appeared here: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/4-discharge-tactics-reduce-senior-readmissions and was published by Healthcare Finance News.

In light of the recent Readmissions Reduction Program under the Affordable Care Act, numerous hospitals and medical industry experts are examining new approaches that will decrease the rate of hospital readmissions.



“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates $15 billion is spent annually on readmissions for Medicare patients, with $12 billion of that amount being preventable,” said Jeff Huber, president and COO of Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors. “This is an issue of significant concern to everyone in the healthcare field. There are a number of simple and cost efficient best practices that healthcare organizations can easily implement as they work to decrease the number of unnecessary senior readmissions.”



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How To File For Social Security Retirement Benefits Tracy Mintz

October 21st, 2012 | 1

SocialSecuritySocial Security retirement benefits are an insurance program. When the program began in 1935, it was designed to keep older Americans out of poverty when they were no longer able to work. Like insurance, when you want to start collecting your benefits, you file a claim. Remember that you are dealing with a huge bureaucracy, the Social Security Administration, and while it is very efficient, your claim process will be much smoother if you plan ahead and follow these steps.

 

  1. Determine the right age for you to claim your benefits. The right age for you depends on your other sources of income and financial needs. You can claim reduced benefits at age 62, even if you are still working. Full benefits are available at “full retirement age”, which is 65 if you were born in 1937 or earlier, or 67 if you were born after 1959. Between 65 and 67, the full retirement age is staggered based on the year you were born. For example, for those born in 1958, full retirement age is 66 and 8 months. You can delay your claim until age 70, resulting in a larger monthly payment.

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AARP Study: California Faces Soaring Demand for Long-Term Care M.L. Sutton

October 18th, 2012 | 0

AARPThis post originally appeared here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2012/10/long-term-care-demand-expected-to-soar.aspx#ixzz29ZXR5BCT  and was published by California Healthline.

California faces soaring demand for long-term care services, with a senior population expected to surge 90% by 2032, according to a new study by AARP.

The number of seniors age 85 and over — those most likely to need long-term care — will grow by 78%, significantly faster than the U.S. average, the report said.

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Hospital Admins Must Answer 5 Key Questions To Shape A Successful Post-Acute Care Strategy M.L. Sutton

October 13th, 2012 | 0


HospitalAdminsThis post originally appeared here:
http://medcitynews.com/2012/10/hospital-admins-must-answer-5-key-questions-to-shape-a-successful-post-acute-care-strategy/  and was published by MedCity News.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has fundamentally changed the healthcare marketplace and permanently altered the role of post-acute programs in the strategic response of health systems.

This is a challenge for many hospital systems as they have under invested in management talent and the infrastructure of their post-acute capabilities. As payment models evolve and providers become more accountable for patient’s costs, care will be driven to the lowest cost settings. A hospital’s post-acute capabilities could be an engine that drives profitability or the burden that causes missed opportunity.

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

October 1st, 2012 | 0

ReAdmissionPenaltiesThis post originally appeared here: 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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