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5 Tips to Improving Nurse-Physician Communication

If you’ve ever requested information from a health care representative and received the response, “I’m not sure, you’ll have to speak to someone else,” you know the frustration of disconnect within an organization. While every employee cannot know everything, the team as a whole should be aware of as much information as possible—the care ofRead the Rest…


Happier Patients and Better Quality of Care with ACOs

Accountable Care Organizations are projected to save taxpayers $940 million within four years, accordingly to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accounting for seven pages of the Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have become a rapidly growing segment of the health care industry. In addition to cutting costs, ACOs are alsoRead the Rest…


Will Changes to Five-Star Rating System Bring Improvement?

As of 2014, there were 15,800 nursing home facilities caring for approximately 1.4 million residents in the United States, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Of the entire U.S. population, 0.9% age 65-74, 3.2% age 75-84 and 11.2% over the age of 85 reside in nursing facilities, according to the U.S.Read the Rest…


General Medicine, The Post-Hospitalist Company, Achieves High Quality Measures While Decreasing Health Care Spending

General Medicine, The Post-Hospitalist Company, has maintained patient spending levels lower than industry standards while maintaining care levels well above its peer group performance. Data gathered from Medicare’s 2014 account of Quality and Resource Use Report for 2013 and The Journal of American Medical Associations (JAMA) further illustrate General Medicine’s strong strides in improving theRead the Rest…


CMS Looking at Nursing Home Medication Use

Antipsychotic medications are intended to help control psychosis and mental health conditions such as schizophrenia. They also frequently used to treat dementia in elderly patients. But, these drugs have proven to have serious side effects for elderly persons. Why exactly are they frequently prescribed in nursing homes then—and often to patients who don’t even requireRead the Rest…


Advanced Technology in Post-Acute Care May Pose Threat to Traditional Facilities

Year after year technology continues to progress in the health care industry—and for good reason. Advanced technology not only improves the quality of care that medical professionals are able to provide, but it also enhances the overall experience for patients. “Technology is providing [the world] with an unprecedented opportunity. We have the opportunity to createRead the Rest…


General Medicine, The Post-Hospitalist Company’s Hospital Readmission Rates Lower than 95% of the Industry

General Medicine, The Post-Hospitalist Company’s significant reductions in hospital readmissions this year have accounted for an average of 70% reduction in hospital readmission rate penalties for partner hospitals in its Eastern Operational Division, and an average of 52% reductions for its Western Division. The most significant penalty decreases, both 83%, were achieved by two partnerRead the Rest…


General Medicine, The Post-Hospitalist Company, Recruitment/ Retention in Top 10% of Industry

General Medicine, The Post-Hospitalist Company’s success continues in 2014. General Medicine, The Post-Hospitalist Company is proud to announce that recruitment successes have increased by 43% as of the end of the third quarter. This recruitment achievement, combined with a 22% increase in retention, has resulted in dynamic growth in revenue and service volume. This performanceRead the Rest…


States Contributing to Medicaid and Medicare Savings

Many elderly and disabled low-income Americans qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage. They are referred to as dual eligible. Medicare, which was created to provide medical coverage for seniors and people with disabilities has 37 million enrollees. Medicaid, which was created to provide medical coverage for the poor has 51 million. There are currentlyRead the Rest…


Doc Fix Could Depend on Post-Acute Care

In 1997, as part of the Balanced Budget Act, the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was enacted in an attempt to manage Medicare’s spending on physician services. Every year since the SGRs inception, Congress has attempted to avoid implementing its proposed physician reimbursement cuts. This past March, another “patch” was plastered on the SGR –Read the Rest…