Monday, July 28, 2014

INTERACT: Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Program

Holly Harmon

INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) is a quality improvement program that focuses on the management of acute change in resident condition. It includes clinical and educational tools and strategies for use in every day practice in long-term care centers.

INTERACT is designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.

Hospital readmissions not only have the potential for negative physical, emotional and psychological impacts on individuals in skilled nursing care, but also cost the Medicare program billions of dollars.

The issue has become a top priority for CMS and managed care programs over the past several years. Rehospitalization rates will be linked to SNF payments in the near future. Don’t delay efforts to actively work on improving practices that prevent rehospitalizations and developing systems to sustain improvement.

To visit the INTERACT website and obtain more information.

To learn more about the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goal to safely reduce hospital readmissions within 30 days during a SNF stay by 15% by March 2015.

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