Highlights how skilled nursing facilities are switching to the Patient Driven Payment Model — a payment system that removes therapy minutes as the basis for payment and enhances payment accuracy for services by making reimbursement dependent on a wide range of clinical characteristics.
For frail older adults with complex care needs, an inpatient hospital stay is destabilizing and often marks the beginning of a decline in functioning. For these older adults and their families, the post-hospital period is a risky, confusing, and stressful time.
The time constraints of the typical primary care practice often do not allow providers to take a comprehensive look at all of their patients’ needs. Enabling office staff to assist in this work, presents a tremendous opportunity to create patient-centered and comprehensive care plans.
For the past 20 years, the fundamentals of health care delivery have remained largely unchanged. Health plans rely on cost-shifting and utilization management to bend the cost curve, and doctors and hospitals accept lower prices in exchange for increased patient volumes.