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The GOOD News and the Bad News
The bad news: 758 hospitals are receiving pay cuts in 2016 from Medicare for failure to prevent hospital-acquired conditions.
The good news: Athena Forum courses provide abundant resources for training your case management department on:
- Improving outcomes in chronic disease management
- Prevention of hospital-acquired conditions
- Optimizing care transitions and discharge planning to avert avoidable readmissions
Athena Forum stands on the principle that care management directors can achieve organizational and departmental goals at a faster rate with a better educated staff.
[Athena Forum First Principles, Principle #1]
Avert 1 of 10 Readmissions, Save $1Billion
Readmissions are either planned or unplanned. The next question: was the readmission related to the reason for the initial hospital stay?
The focus of discharge planning and transitions of care is to prevent unplanned readmissions which are related to the initial stay.
Identifying and reducing avoidable readmissions will:
- Improve patient safety
- Enhance quality of care
- Lower healthcare spending
The projections assert that averting just one out of every 10 readmissions could save Medicare $1 billion annually.
[CM Express, Module D, Enhanced Care Transitions]