As we have previously discussed, hospitals are focusing on decreasing readmissions that occur within 30 days, and the resulting, increasing penalties to be incurred in the future.
An important area of focus includes nursing facilities. In a prior blog, we discuss the importance of developing partnerships to assist in the care coordination and transitions to prevent readmissions. Hospitals need to develop partnerships with reputable, capable and forward-thinking organizations and facilities.
A new report supports this thought.
And, I would like to note that in addition to developing partnerships with long-term care, it would serve hospitals well to examine a facility’s ability and commitment to caring for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The lack of an appropriate approach for this population will surely affect readmissions that come from a nursing facility.