Pre-Admission Assessments Help To Help Eliminate Resident Discharge/Evictions

Resident discharge or “evictions,” is a complex issue, no doubt.  I write this without blaming any party – the point is to determine what we can do in the long-term care industry to decrease the occurrence.  I am encouraged by the many comments on my initial post as it means others care as well, noContinue reading “Pre-Admission Assessments Help To Help Eliminate Resident Discharge/Evictions”

Long-Term Care and Hospital Readmission Rates

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 toContinue reading “Long-Term Care and Hospital Readmission Rates”

Dementia Increases Likelihood of Readmission for Heart Patients

Another recent study provides further proof that healthcare professionals must consider the effect of dementia on hospital readmissions. As we discussed in a previous blog post, many individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will suffer from the 3 diagnostic areas of focus and will be hospitalized. Those with dementia are at greater risk for readmissionContinue reading “Dementia Increases Likelihood of Readmission for Heart Patients”

Readmission Penalties, Long-Term Care, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Hospitals are focusing on decreasing readmissions that occur within 30 days, and the resulting, increasing penalties to be incurred in the future. Not surprisingly, the readmission conversation now includes skilled nursing facilities – facilities where up to 80% of their residents have memory impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Hospital are – or should – beContinue reading “Readmission Penalties, Long-Term Care, and Alzheimer’s Disease”

ACE Units Beneficial to Those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

“If ACE Units Are So Great, Why Aren’t They Everywhere?” for HealthLeaders Media is a terrific article by Cheryl Clark. The article clearly outlines why ACE units are beneficial for the geriatric population. Considering that 1 in 8 over 65 have dementia, as do up to 50% of those over 85, ACE units would beContinue reading “ACE Units Beneficial to Those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”

Unintended Consequences of Hospitalizations for People with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

A recent news story highlighted what is now referred to as post-hospital syndrome. This is described as a readmission to a hospital within 30 days for a medical reason unrelated to the original admission – though thought to be a result of the initial hospitalization itself. The story identifies typical stressors for patients in theContinue reading “Unintended Consequences of Hospitalizations for People with Alzheimer’s & Dementia”

Reasons to Address Dementia when Exploring Readmission Penalties

Found an interesting article by Kevin Shrake entitled, “Hospital CFOs contemplate ‘play or pay’ with readmission rates.” CMS hospital readmission penalties are currently 1%, and will increase to 3% over the next two years. Much debate exists as to whether the penalties are small enough that hospitals will not be overly concerned with losing aContinue reading “Reasons to Address Dementia when Exploring Readmission Penalties”