Thursday, December 17, 2015

Do You Know Your Discharge to Community Rate and Why it Matters?

Peggy Connorton

CMS recently released information for review and comment about a new measure in development—the percent of people admitted to a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) from a hospital that are discharged back to the community. CMS plans to add this measure to Nursing Home Compare and Five Star next year.

Are you aware of where your center stands on this important metric? You can find data on your performance in comparison to your selected peer groups in LTC Trend Tracker for a similar measure AHCA developed last year. Knowing your rates of individuals discharged back home is important when telling your center’s story about successful post-acute care services to managed care organizations, hospitals, ACOs and family members considering using your SNF. Your ability to demonstrate to prospective clients and their families as well as important network partners that your center is effectively helping patients achieve this goal is important to continuing to attract your desired volume of post-acute patients. Get ahead of the game now by reviewing your data, available exclusively to AHCA members on LTC Trend Tracker! For more information about the importance of your Discharge to Community Rate and how to understand the AHCA measure, visit the Quality Initiative website and LTC trend tracker resource center.

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