Avoiding Rehospitalizations Education Program

Mark your calendars.  Avoiding Rehospitalizations:   Operational and Clinical Strategies for Success is scheduled November 14 in Roanoke and November 15 in Richmond.

In health care the only constant is change. Staying on top of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) initiatives affecting long term care is a never ending job.  As leaders in post-acute care, providers must stay abreast of the initiatives outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that affect long term care with a significant focus on reducing hospital readmissions.  As Medicare begins to recover payments from hospitals for unnecessary readmissions within 30 days of discharge, the focus will be on providers that can demonstrate programs and systems that will demonstrate clinical competency to effectively manage specific disease states:  Pneumonia, Myocardial Infarction and Congestive Heart Failure.  Most importantly, long term care providers will be more accountable for the care they provide.  

Reducing hospital readmissions has become the target for Medicare, hospitals and post-acute providers across the country.  This in-depth program will review key operational strategies to prepare your organization for your role in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program.   Attendees will gain knowledge of the critical steps necessary to update their processes to achieve clinical and financial success by developing a plan to change the interdisciplinary team’s focus to a “customer values model”.  Critical to a provider’s success is ensuring a team approach with strategic partners to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions.

The utilization of quality improvement tools such as INTERACT II can assist organizations in a response to the October 2012 roll out of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program.  Deborah Afasano, a Senior Consultant for Pathway Health Services,  will review INTERACT II (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) as a quality improvement tool to achieve successful outcomes for clinical approaches and interventions to reduce unnecessary rehospitalizations.

More information is coming soon.