Friday, February 3, 2012

Reducing Hospital Readmissions, Saving Medicare Dollars

In case you haven’t heard, AHCA has introduced a plan to reduce the number of readmissions to hospitals for nursing home patients. The plan is designed to incentivize skilled care centers to reduce readmissions via a goal that would result in $2 billion in Medicare savings. In a tough economic climate where proposals to cut Medicare and Medicaid are considered the norm, this proposal couldn’t have come at a better time. But the plan doesn’t just save taxpayer dollars, it also improves quality by encouraging additional coordination of patient care between the hospital and the nursing facility.

It’s all part of AHCA’s initiative to put skilled nursing care centers front and center as the care and cost solution to high quality, person-centered care for every individual needing long term or post-acute care.

Check out these news stories featuring AHCA’s plan to generate Medicare savings. You can also read more about it in our one-pager.

SNFs Shop Alternative to Cutting Medicare Payments for ‘Bad Debt’
By John Reichard, CQ HealthBeat
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Nursing home industry proposes alternative to funding cuts
By Julian Pecquet , The Hill Healthwatch Blog

Providers Seek New Solutions To Reduce Medicare Spending
By Patrick Connole, Provider Magazine

Nursing Homes Offer Plan To Help Cut Medicare Spending
By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News Capsules Blog

AHCA: Reduce Hospital Readmissions, Not Medicare Funding, for SNFs
By Alyssa Gerace, Senior Housing News

As states cut Medicaid funds, nursing home group proposes bad debt fix
McKnights Long Term Care & Assisted Living News

Nursing homes offer solution to curb hospital readmissions
By Ron Shinkman, Fierce Health Care News

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