Hospital readmissions are a huge challenge for healthcare organizations, costing millions of dollars a year in penalties and lost revenue. Historically, SNFs have had higher hospital readmission rates at 25 percent compared to the national average for the general Medicare population of 15.6 percent. According to CMS data, 78% of readmissions are deemed potentially avoidable, yet patients are unnecessarily hospitalized, putting them at risk for delirium, stress and discomfort. Statistically, 30 day hospital readmissions for elderly patients markedly increases morbidity and development of secondary complications.
This session will showcase how 91.5% of post-acute care patients are being treated in place, through the use of telehealth in facilities across the nation. Learn how skilled nursing facilities leverage telemedicine technology and telehospitalists to reduce unnecessary transfers to the hospital, and have dropped readmission rates to less than 9%.
Presenters will provide data to show how telehealth has made an impact on their patient care, and has resulted in a cumulative hospital savings of over $8 million and helped SNFs partners save over $2 million in insurance reimbursement. In addition, they will share specific customer use case examples of improved patient outcomes and reduction in re-admission rates from SNFs. To ensure you get started off in the right direction, there are critical factors that every organization (large and small) needs to address. Presenters will provide some best practice models and key considerations that need to be discussed within your organization, prior to committing to and implementing a telehealth program.