Post-Acute and Senior Living News – May 2017

Post-Acute Care Network Key to Value-Based Purchasing Success

“Health systems should develop a post-acute care network and strategy to succeed in value-based purchasing models, a recent Deloitte survey indicated,” RevCycle Intelligence reports. “The surveyed healthcare executives stated that the first step to developing a post-acute care strategy for value-based purchasing success is determining whether to own or partner with organizations.” Another step is to establish a narrow network to ensure value-based purchasing success; “the narrow network should include high-quality partners that can provide affordable services.”

Nationwide Study Aims to Help Improve Post-Acute Care for TBI Patients

“A $12.7 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is funding a study to determine the evidence-based information necessary to help improve post-acute care for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients,” according to Physical Therapy Products. “During the 5-year project, the research team plans to enroll 900 people with moderate to severe TBI who are discharged from inpatient rehabilitation at one of six facilities. The participating patients will be placed in one of two groups: standardized discharge care, which includes advice and referral sources, and standardized discharge care with a care manager who will assess for unmet needs and assist with coordination of care via telephone over 6 months. The project team will compare functioning and quality of life at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months in these two groups.”

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5 Keys to Effective Post-Acute Care Management

“Hospitals face increasing pressure to reduce readmission rates, and one way to accomplish that goal is to better align with post-acute care providers,” reports Fierce Healthcare. Some techniques for an effective post-acute care strategy include building strong relationships with post-acute providers, identifying the right site of care first, embracing data analytics, engaging patients, their families and their caregivers, and using technology to foster communication.

Melissa Boatwright Named Director of Clinical Support for Legacy Senior Living

“Melissa Boatwright has joined Legacy Senior Living, Cleveland-based management company of assisted living and memory care facilities, as the director of Clinical Support,” according to The Chattanoogan.com. “Ms. Boatwright began her Legacy Senior Living career in 2015 as the director of Resident Care of Legacy Village at Park Regency in Moultrie, Ga. In July, 2016 Ms. Boatwright was promoted to the executive director of Legacy Village at Park Regency. She also initiated quality assurance calls for each of the Legacy Senior Living facilities.”

Davis Named VP of Eastern Ops for Life Care

“David Mark Davis, a health care executive with 35 years of experience, has been named vice president of Eastern Operations for Life Care Centers of America,” Cleveland Daily Banner reports. “Areas of responsibility for Davis will include 133 skilled nursing and rehab facilities. Founded in 1976, Life Care is a nationwide health care company. With headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, Life Care operates or manages more than 200 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states.