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DISCHARGE PLANNING: A CHECKLIST FOR HOSPITALS AND OTHER ACOS Justin Usher

August 16th, 2016 | 0

checklist-300x199Although the current hospital discharge planning process meets the needs of many inpatients released from the acute care setting, some discharges result in less-than-optimal outcomes for patients including complications and adverse events that lead to hospital readmissions. Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and patient complications presents an opportunity for improving the quality and safety of patient care while lowering health care costs

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Hospital to Home Transition – How to smoothly navigate successfully and safely back home… Greg Hartwell

November 13th, 2014 | 1

Hospital to Home Transition“Be Prepared”. It’s the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. But its good advice for family members whose senior loved ones who have been admitted to the hospital.

A hospital admission is stressful for everyone – patient and family. And while you are understandably concerning yourself with the care and recovery of your loved one, a hospital discharge planner starts the discharge planning process the moment you are admitted. Indeed, there is barely time to catch one’s breath before they are pushing you out to the door.

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California Hospitals – A Comparison of the Top 3 (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

February 20th, 2014 | 0

California HospitalsWe recently decided to take a deep look at three of the largest and arguably most renown California Hospitals  — UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, Stanford Hospital in Stanford and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Continuing with our infographic trend, we have simplified some key facts using the comparison tool on medicare.gov. Surveys were taken for patients’ experience at each California hospital as results are also mapped against the California average for all reporting hospitals and the National average for all reporting hospitals.

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Readmission & The Common Reasons Mary Bommel Shames

October 25th, 2013 | 11

Readmission (10.26.12)With the advent of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care), it is crucial for hospitals to prevent readmissions to the best of their abilities. Under new law, hospitals with an unacceptably high level of readmissions within 30 days can result in financial penalties that many hospitals cannot afford to sustain. 

So, what is causing hospital readmissions? Why are patients who seemed to be well upon discharge being readmitted?

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Why Healthcare is in the RED (Re-Engineered Discharge Toolkit) Christy Rakoczy

August 22nd, 2013 | 6

ToolboxDue to scrutiny of hospitals’ readmissions rates, and new penalties being issued in order to encourage hospitals to improve their readmissions rates, many hospitals and other organizations are attempting to create new ways to improve readmission. This has begun by analyzing discharge policies and seeking creative means of improving them.

Developed by researchers at Boston University Medical Center, RED, the Re-Engineered Discharge Toolkit  is aimed to help hospitals implement a plan to reduce readmissions. There are 12 components to the toolkit.

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Pharmacists, the New Discharge Planners? Christy Rakoczy

August 1st, 2013 | 3

PharmacistThe role of the pharmacist in the discharge process has previously been minimal. However, new studies of hospital readmission rates aimed to improve healthcare has resulted in increasing the roles of various workers in the healthcare profession in order to improve readmission rates.

Pharmacists are now playing an integral part in the discharge process largely due to the change in medications that often results from hospitalization and the recovery process. By being a part of this process, pharmacists are becoming great contributors to the reduction of hospital readmission rates.

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5 of the Biggest Discharge Dilemmas: Barriers to Effective Case Planning Christy Rakoczy

July 11th, 2013 | 3

BarriersDischarge2Deciding on the proper time to discharge a patient can be a difficult decision and is impacted by a variety of factors. Poor decisions about discharging a patient can result in risk to the patient’s health and later readmission for a recurrence or development of a secondary condition. Defining the obstacles to effective discharge practices can help providers to improve processes resulting in better patient care and fewer incidences of patient readmissions.

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Patients, the Forgotten Health Care Team Members Christy Rakoczy

June 10th, 2013 | 5

PatientsCareGiversWhile providing top notch care 100% of the time while a patient is hospitalized is a large part of ensuring patients recover to a state of healthiness, it is also important to examine the post-hospital experience for patients and how to improve processes so that patients are able to recover swiftly without development of further issues or secondary complications.

One way to ensure that a patient is successful in implementing a care plan upon discharge is by understanding and involving the patient. While this seems elementary, it is actually an issue that needs great focus and improvement.

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Dialysis and Insomnia (Guest Post) Devon Texas

June 5th, 2013 | 3

insomniaWe are happy to have DevonTexas join the OpenPlacement Community and be our guest blogger this week. DevonTexas is a dialysis patient. He has been on dialysis since 2008. DevonTexas advocates for his fellow dialysis patients through the ESRD (End stage Renal Disease) Network of Texas and DPC (Dialysis Patient Citizens). Read more about DevonTexas here.

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UPDATE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Revisions Christy Rakoczy

June 3rd, 2013 | 0

CMSOn May 17, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a Memorandum in regards to the revision of the State Operations Manual. The revision applies to the State Operations Hospital Appendix A, Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals, Condition of Participation: Discharge Planning, in order to “update the guidance for the discharge planning Condition of Participation.”

The revisions to Appendix A include interpretive guidelines that are italicized and written in red to denote the portion of the appendix that has been updated.

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