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Food, Nutrition, and Reducing Readmissions

Efforts to reduce readmissions have targeted virtually every element of the patient experience from in-hospital communication to discharge services, records transmission to long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, and in-home support for medication adherence and care coordination. Recently, there’s been increasing focus on the non-medical drivers of readmissions – social determinants that effect day-to-day health and may prove to be significant drivers of hospital readmissions. We know that shelter and security are a huge part of recovery and remaining healthy after a readmission, but access to the appropriate food and nutrition also has enormous impacts on a patient’s health post-discharge.

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Readmission Penalties Give Hospitals a Reason to Spend Money on the Right Things

There was a story in the Denver Post this week about Medicare’s penalty for readmissions being charged to 27 Colorado hospitals that participate with Medicare. On average, these hospitals were penalized 1/3 of one percent of their total Medicare reimbursement. In the case of one large hospital system, this amounted to about $300,000 out of a total revenue stream of $2.7 billion, or about 1/100 of one percent. At this level, one might wonder if it’s worth the trouble to administer, or if anyone is really paying attention.

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Cultivating the Network of Care: Building Transformation from the Inside Out

Originally featured in Healthy Transitions Colorado's July newsletter.

On Friday, June 26th Healthy Transitions Colorado held its very first symposium: Building Transformation from the Inside Out. The symposium was the first in a series of three with a complementary learning series titled Cultivating the Network of Care. Thank you to everyone who made the event such a success! Over 70 partners came out for networking and learning more about how to prepare their facilities for community-based care.

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CO APCD Change Agent Profile: Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, University of Colorado Hospital Department of Surgery

UCHealth-Logo-(1).pngThe University of Colorado Hospital (UCHealth) is the only academic medical center focused on specialized care in Colorado. Providers practicing at UCHealth are Specialists and Surgeons, offering care to the residents of Colorado and several other neighboring states.

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"Doc Fix" and the Potential to Improve Readmissions

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the “doc fix” or the proposed repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR). The SGR was put into law in 1997 as part of an attempt to regulate Medicare spending and essentially linked physician Medicare reimbursement to an economic target. The formula turned out to be rather quirky and soon resulted in proposed reimbursement cuts of more than 5 percent per year.

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