As part of its RAVEN (Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents) project, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has collaborative agreements with 18 nursing homes aimed at improving the quality of care for people residing in long-term care (LTC) facilities by reducing avoidable hospitalizations.
In 2012, UPMC was one of seven organizations awarded a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) grant to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations. While all of the CMS sites showed a general reduction in Medicare expenditures, the year-three evaluation report found the RAVEN program was one of two programs that significantly reduced avoidable hospitalizations and costs.
UPMC was approved this year for Phase 2 of the program, which goes live October 1st and will test whether a new payment model will further impact the results achieved in Phase 1 of the program.
During Hospital-Nursing Home Collaborations to Reduce Avoidable Admissions and Readmissions: A UPMC Case Study on Curbing Long-Term Care Hospitalizations, a 45-minute webinar on August 4th at 1:30 pm Eastern, April Kane, UPMC's RAVEN project co-director, will share the key details of the RAVEN program and how UPMC is preparing for Phase 2 of the program.
Register for the webinar today or order your training DVD or CD:
You will learn:
- How the five key components of the RAVEN program—embedded clinical staff, pharmacy support, education, structured communication, and telemedicine—support the program's goals;
- How UPMC is addressing the program's key challenges, including: IT, particularly in rural areas; nursing home staff turnover; managing the program across such a broad geographic area; and data sharing;
- How the program impacted hospital admission and readmission rates and emergency department visits for UPMC; and
- What long-term care facilities should be doing now to prepare for these types of emerging care delivery and reimbursement models for nursing home residents.
You can "attend" this program right in your office. It's so convenient! Invite your staff members to participate in the conference. We will send you a login to access the webinar or a DVD or CD-ROM of the conference proceedings once it's available for shipping.
You'll also have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered by Ms. Kane during the interactive question and answer session. You'll get answers to your
questions and challenges on post-acute care partnerships and their impact on hospital admissions.
To register for the conference, the on-demand re-broadcast or MP3 download file or order the training DVD or CD-ROM of Hospital-Nursing Home Collaborations to Reduce Avoidable Admissions and Readmissions: A UPMC Case Study on Curbing Long-Term Care Hospitalizations, please visit:
I hope you find it useful.
Executive Vice President
The Healthcare Intelligence Network
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