Hospitals will avoid penalties, patients will experience better support post-discharge, and the Medicare system is not spending millions unnecessarily.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
Patient Transition Pathways, LLC today announced the introduction of the Patient Transition Pathways Program™, a business solution designed to help hospitals and home healthcare agencies develop, implement, and maintain a sustainable, in-house patient transition program. This comprehensive program provides hospitals with proven approaches to reduce hospital readmissions and the risk of financial penalties for Medicare patients who are readmitted within 30-days post-discharge from a hospital, as outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).
The PPACA contains numerous measures in an effort to improve the quality of medical care patients receive while also lowering the rate of growth in health care costs. The Patient Transition Pathways Program™ gives hospitals the tools they need to create an effective in-house “bridge” program that will improve patient care once a patient is released from the hospital in order to avoid re-admittance within the 30-day post-discharge window. Beginning on October 1, 2012, Medicare will financially penalize hospitals found to have excessive readmissions for three conditions, including acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and community acquired pneumonia. Hospitals that employ the Patient Transition Pathways Program™ will significantly lower patient re-admissions for these diagnoses by providing systematic follow-up care, increased patient education, and superior monitoring post-discharge and save thousands of dollars by avoiding these penalties.
The program’s developer, Christel Kozar, is a Certified Patient Navigator and Health Care Consultant. “The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports on hospital performance and related financial penalties, and hospitals must work diligently and swiftly to keep from being penalized,” said Kozar. “The Patient Transition Pathways Program™ gives hospitals a systematic, customizable platform that allows them to develop their own in-house patient transition program, and reduce the risk of financial loss associated with Medicare patient re-admittance. Hospitals will avoid penalties, patients will experience better support post-discharge, and the Medicare system is not spending millions unnecessarily. This program is a win-win for everyone involved.”
The Patient Transition Pathways Program™ includes a comprehensive manual, complete with background information on the PPACA, best practices for determining program goals and outcome measures, information on how to fund the program, budgeting, ROI, staffing information and scripts to use when working with patients who are part of the program. Included in the program is a CD containing all of the forms that can be customized for the hospital’s own use and access to the program’s developer for training and support. For more information on the program or the PPACA, visit http://www.PatientTransitionPathways.com or call 720-509-9019.
ABOUT PATIENT TRANSITION PATHWAYS, LLC
Patient Transition Pathways, LLC is committed to a dual mission that supports both hospitals and patients as they navigate the new Medicare reform. As the healthcare industry evolves, the Patient Transition Pathways Program™ leads positive change by providing a win-win business solution that puts the health of the patient first. While influencing hospitals nationwide with our continuous improvement mentality and forward-thinking strategies, Patient Transition Pathways, LLC is redefining patient care to ensure a future where hospital sustainability and patient care go hand-in-hand.