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Data driving partnerships between SNFs and Hospitals

January 12, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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Hospitals now face Medicare penalties tied to readmission rates, motivating them to work with post-acute providers that can help prevent rehospitalizations.

In the early days of this shift toward more coordinated care, hospitals and health systems generally asked SNFs to bring self-collected data on metrics such as readmissions and length of stay, using that data to determine whether to include a skilled nursing provider in a network. But those days might be coming to an end, according to a report from Skilled Nursing News.

“I think if you went back two years, you would see a lot of effort and energy in SNFs gathering their readmission data and trying to present a better case to their referral partners upstream. This is a failed model,” Loopback Analytics CEO Neil Smiley told Skilled Nursing News.

“[A provider] may say readmission rates are 8%, then Medicare claims [data] come out and the hospital finds out the rate is 22%, but they’ve been spending nine months referring to that building. It can be very skewed,” said Kara Copeland, vice president of care continuum and strategic alignment at Keystone Healthcare, a subsidiary of the Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Ensign.

Read the full story on how data is leveraged to bridge the SNF-hospital gap at Skilled Nursing News.