Chances are very low that a hospital would be penalized if they were able to "zero in" on the best post-acute care providers.
Jacksonville,FL (PRWEB) December 04, 2015
They say that “knowledge is power,” but in late January in Jacksonville, Florida, knowledge will be profitable for some five Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Home Health Agencies (HHAs), and Hospice Care Providers. Ever since The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) began penalizing hospitals a few years ago for poor patient satisfaction, outcomes and readmissions, it has become the quest for all of them to find and refer to the highest quality and lowest cost post-acute providers in their area.
“Knowing which providers offer the highest-quality, lowest-cost post-acute care for patients is the “Holy Grail” for every hospital in the state” says Chuck Bongiovanni, president of the National Post-Acute Care Continuum . “Chances are very low that a hospital would be penalized if they were able to zero in on the best post-acute care providers.”
There is a lot at stake for those “in the know.” The newest Medicare penalties are part of an increasingly long list of sanctions impacting healthcare service providers. In fact, 148 of the 167 hospitals in Florida paid some level of penalty for not meeting Medicare’s quality requirements. St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside in Jacksonville, for instance, was issued the largest fine (2.86 percent of their Medicare reimbursement), followed by St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie (2.36 percent), Lake Wales Medical Center (1.97 percent) and Leesburg Regional Medical Center (1.87 percent) and Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami (1.71 percent).
On January 26th, 2016, The National Post-Acute Care Continuum (NPACC.org) will release the names of Jacksonville, Florida’s top five Post-Acute Providers based on the latest publicly released Medicare data. These quality providers will be announced and celebrated by area social workers, discharge planners and hospital personnel at The Jacksonville Hospital Readmission and Care Transitions Summit. The event will be held at The Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, and open to healthcare professionals interested in educating themselves about the most important trends and practices shaping healthcare today.
The goal of NPACC summits is to raise local, regional and national awareness of trends and opportunities, and enable every attendee to leave with advice they can apply immediately in their work. What better place to start than with knowing which providers are already poised to positively impact healthcare delivery practices at the institutional level?
The National Post-Acute Care Continuum (NPACC) is a 501 (c)(3) pending organization dedicated to professional education to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing in support of improving healthcare delivery across the continuum in every community of practice. NPACC’s national summits come to 18 cities each year to educate and support local and regional healthcare practitioners, social workers, discharge planners, doctors, hospital and healthcare plan administrators. Every summit offers a rotating cast of national experts like Dr Eric Coleman, Dr Josh Luke and Chuck Bongiovanni, MSW, MBA who offer important “take-aways,” including Medicare updates, local case analyses, professional CEUs and networking opportunities for forward-thinking practitioners dedicated to making the world of healthcare better one best practice at a time.