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Economic Trends  |  Skilled Nursing

Securing Hospital Relationships

By: Bill Kauffman  |  June 22, 2016

Hospital relationships are a critical component for success within the current post-acute care (PAC) environment. With hospitals now more willing than ever to listen, building these relationships should be one of the top priorities for skilled nursing providers and other PAC providers. Most likely, a partnership is the approach to take, rather than simply a referral source engagement. To be a successful post-acute provider in the ever-changing world of value-based payments, the partnership way of thinking should be top of mind. 

Economic Trends  |  Skilled Nursing

Initial Findings: NIC’s Skilled Nursing Data Report

By: Bill Kauffman  |  April 13, 2016

NIC released its initial Skilled Nursing Data Report on March 10, 2016. The report included a few key data points that showed time-series data from October 2011 through December 2015. This week’s blog post provides a more detailed analysis of the current data release.

Economic Trends

Readmissions & Medicare: What’s the Cost?

By: Bill Kauffman  |  March 23, 2016

Hospitals are making significant progress to reduce readmissions in an effort to improve quality and lower healthcare spending. Unfortunately there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to preventing hospital readmissions. There are many variables outside of hospitals’ direct control, such as social determinants and patient lifestyle factors, which can impact readmissions.

Economic Trends  |  Skilled Nursing

Laying the Framework for Long-Term Care Financing

By: Bill Kauffman  |  February 24, 2016

In a report authored in part by former Senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently issued groundbreaking recommendations for improving long-term care (LTC) financing. The report contains policy proposals detailed with specific steps policy makers should take to proactively tackle the issue of financing LTC for the elderly.

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