Complimentary Webinar Focuses on How Post-Acute Providers Can Lower Hospital Rehospitalization Rates

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WoundRounds,® the point-of-care wound management and prevention solution, and PointRight, Inc., the industry leader in predictive analytics, are hosting a free webinar targeting post-acute care providers titled, Lowering Your Rehospitalization Rates: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk. The event will be held Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2 PM EDT. Register at http://bit.ly/JMJTzC The course has been approved for 1.5 CEUs for nurses and 1.0 CE for administrators.

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WoundRounds' sponsorship of this PointRight webinar seeks to get the word out on preventive solutions for both pressure ulcers and rehospitalizations.

WoundRounds,® the point-of-care wound management and prevention solution, and PointRight, Inc., the industry leader in predictive analytics, are hosting a free webinar targeting post-acute care providers titled, [Lowering Your Rehospitalization Rates: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk. The event will be held Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2 PM EDT. Register at http://bit.ly/JMJTzC. The course has been approved for 1.5 CEUs for nurses and 1.0 CE for administrators.

The webinar, will be presented by Steven Littlehale, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for PointRight, whose company is at the forefront in providing data-driven analytics and tools for the healthcare industry.

“Lowering re-admissions is a system-wide mandate affecting all health care providers, and payments to acute care hospitals are now dependent on the performance of their post-acute partners,” said Littlehale. “This webinar will shed light on the many different places that rehospitalization rates are appearing, along with proven evidence-based practices for lowering these rates.”
According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, readmissions cost Medicare $26 billion each year. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Medicare payments to hospitals will be more closely tied to a set of quality measures. For hospitals that have excessive readmissions, the health reform law allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to withhold 1% of a hospital's total Medicare billing starting in FY-2013 for certain medical conditions. The penalty will rise to 2% in FY-2014 and 3% in FY-2015 and will include more medical conditions in each year.
WoundRounds is partnering with PointRight for the rehospitalization webinar. Their analysis of over 3,400 admissions to 14 skilled nursing facilities in Chicago showed that residents admitted with pressure ulcers present on admission were re-hospitalized at nearly twice the rate as residents admitted without pressure ulcers. “Pressure ulcers create a tremendous burden on patient quality of life, healthcare costs, and rehospitalizations,” according to Mike Diamond, CEO of WoundRounds. “Our sponsorship of PointRight’s webinar seeks to get the word out on preventive solutions for both pressure ulcers and rehospitalizations,” adds Diamond.

About [WoundRounds
WoundRounds is the point-of-care wound management & prevention solution that empowers nurses to deliver better wound care in less time. Users of WoundRounds report time savings, reduction in facility-acquired pressure ulcers, lower wound care costs, decreased rehospitalizations, and reduced risk and liability. In short, WoundRounds helps providers do more with less. http://www.woundrounds.com

About PointRight
PointRight is the industry leader in providing data-driven analytics and Web-based tools that measure risk, quality of care, compliance and reimbursement accuracy of the healthcare and insurance industries. Using some of the largest and best databases in the industry, our nationally recognized clinical staff, researchers and technologists expertly translate disparate data into usable information and insight.

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