Assisted living providers continue to see the “acuity” of their residents rise. As changes in the healthcare environment, including the push to accountable care, readmission penalties, and the desire to avoid hospitalizations, drive more care into the community setting, assisted living residents are often demanding more direct and indirect assistance with medical and nursing care. For the remainder of 2013 our Tuesday Tips will focus on practical steps you can take to safely manage higher acuity. We will begin this month by looking at ways to reduce hospital readmissions.
As we’ve discussed in previous tips, new CMS regulations are penalizing hospitals for excessive readmission rates for certain diagnosis. As a results, assisted living providers are feeling the pressure to avoid sending their residents to the hospital unnecessarily. Here are three steps you can take to reduce hospital readmissions in your assisted living community:
- Track your readmission rate. This will raise awareness amongst your staff and can help you track your progress. Click here for more on how to track readmission rates
- Utilize the INTERACT program and tools. The “Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers” (INTERACT) is a quality improvement program designed to improve the identification, evaluation, and communication about changes in resident status. Click here to learn more
- Adopt the NCAL Quality Goals. The National Center for Assisted Living has outlined steps to reduce readmissions as part of their Quality Initiative. Learn more here.