AHCA to Apply PointRight OnPoint-30 Rehospitalization Metric

The American Health Care Association (AHCA), together with PointRight Inc., recently announced that AHCA will incorporate PointRight's proprietary OnPoint-30 methodology of calculating case-mix adjusted hospitalization metric into its national Quality Initiative. PointRight uses Minimum Data Set (MDS) data and unique analytics to calculate case-mix adjusted hospital readmission rates that help providers differentiate between areas of excellence and improvement opportunities.       

"These analyses help skilled nursing centers focus on improving care for their residents. They also help centers demonstrate their value to hospitals, insurers and physician groups," said David Gifford, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at AHCA. "Having timely, risk-adjusted information is key for our members, so they know how they are performing compared to others and how effective their efforts are in preventing hospital readmissions from occurring."

Launched earlier this year, the AHCA Quality Initiative is an effort that builds upon the existing work in the long term and post-acute care field by setting specific, measurable targets to further improve the quality of care in America's skilled nursing centers. AHCA members are encouraged to reach defined, concrete goals over the next three years in four core areas, including safely reducing hospital readmissions within 30 days during a skilled nursing facility stay by 15 percent by March 2015.

"Having access to the right information is the first step in making solid, quality improving decisions," said Steven Littlehale, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer with PointRight. "The opportunity to bring OnPoint-30 to members of the American Health Care Association means facilities can now be more confident that they're using accurate rehospitalization rate information to guide quality-driven decisions. With case-mix adjusted metrics, you can see your strengths and your weaknesses. SNFs need this information to improve and market to hospitals," added Littlehale.

To learn more about OnPoint-30 rehospitalization, PointRight is hosting a complimentary, online webinar on September 12th at 1:00 PM EDT, Managing Rehospitalizations with OnPoint