McKnight’s and Avalere Health Offer Readmission Webinar

In a webcast co-sponsored earlier this week by McKnight’s Long Term Care News and Avalere Health titled Hospital Readmissions: Opportunity or Threat?  Avalere consultant Erik Johnson said that with regard to various coordinated care strategies, “the train has already left the station – this will become the new normal”.

The one-hour webcast is available for viewing in replay mode and is offered without charge by McKnight’s.  Registration is required.

Private payers are very focused on coordinated care.  Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants during the McKnight's webcast Tuesday. Partnerships between long-term care facilities and acute-care providers — as encouraged by accountable care organizations, bundled payments and hospital readmission penalties — are essential to reducing costly readmissions, according to Avalere Health consultants.  The presenters indicated that they believe these strategies are likely to take hold even if the Affordable Care Act is found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court this summer.  Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals face stiff penalties for readmissions for preventable conditions such as heart failure and pneumonia.

“Rehospitalization penalties have the potential to transform the relationships between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities,”  Tumlinson said, noting that she has worked with hospitals that disperse residents to a huge group of SNFs. “Acute care providers will need to know how different SNFs perform relative to their peers, and data will enable providers to have that conversation.”

The slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.