• Kindred Partners with Acute Care Hospitals to Reduce Readmissions
      May 10, 2013

      Readmissions to acute care hospitals cost Medicare billions of dollars per year, and the government is intent on reducing this cost burden. With the recent implementation of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2012, which penalizes hospitals with higher-than-expected readmissions rates by reducing Medicare payments, over two thousand hospitals have already been affected with payment cuts.

      Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals, offering long-term acute care, reduced rehospitalization rates by 8.3 percent between 2008 and 2012. Kindred regularly partners with acute care hospitals and physicians challenged with discharge planning, care transitions and readmissions. Congestive heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia account for the majority of Medicare readmissions due to recurrence, complications and poor adherence to medications and post-hospital regimens. Appropriate referrals to Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals may include:
      • Post-cardiac surgery
      • Congestive heart failure
      • Valvular heart disease
      • Congenital heart disease
      • Post-myocardial infarct with complications
      • Cardiomyopathy
      • Peripheral vascular disease
      Appropriate referrals for respiratory conditions may include:
      • Pneumonia
      • Aspiration pneumonia
      • Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
      • Respiratory failure
      • Indications might include:
      • Shortness of breath
      • Dyspnea
      • X-ray with infiltrate
      • Elevated temperature and/ or change in sputum
      • Decreased oxygen saturation
      • Elevated frequency of nebulizer treatments
      • Frequent cough after meals (possible aspiration)
      Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals offer expert interdisciplinary care and services tailored to the medically complex patient, including:
      • 24-hour physician support
      • Special care units
      • Telemetry units
      • On-site laboratory
      • Radiology services
      • Operating rooms

      Through Direct Admit, patients can be admitted to Kindred in lieu of acute care for continued hospitalization or if an alternative level of care failed.

      Kindred is the leading diversified post-acute provider in the United States, with facilities in 46 states and over 10 integrated care markets, where several Kindred facilities and services operate in one geographical area. To find a facility near you, click here.


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