The Ten States with the Worst HAC Performance in 2018

Did you know that a whopping 751 hospitals were penalized for their high Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) rates this year?

The HAC program is one of the CMS programs that can hit hospitals with a penalty and significant revenue loss. And this year, the HAC scores look a little different than they have in years past. Before we share which states landed on the list of the worst HAC performers, let’s dive into how the HAC program works and what it means to get a HAC penalty.

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Readmission Prevention Checklist [DOWNLOAD]

Did you know that almost 80% of hospitals nationwide received a penalty to their Medicare reimbursement payments in 2018 due to their hospital’s readmission rate?1 Hospital readmission rates continue to be a problem in our country. However, there are tools that hospitals can leverage to help them predict the likelihood of a patient coming back into their hospital. Using this predictive tool, Medisolv created a handy Readmission Prevention Checklist—and you can download it for free! The checklist will help your hospital get started on a plan to intervene with your high-risk inpatients.

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The States With The Worst HAC Performance

Are any of these value-based purchasing programs actually working? Well a safe answer may be, "perhaps." On any given day you could find these two contrasting headlines:

"CMS program to reduce hospital-acquired conditions has flaws"
"HHS: Patient Safety Efforts Save 125K Lives, $28B in Spending"

The thing is, both are true. According to the National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions 2010 to 2015, Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HACs) have shown a 21% decrease across that time span. And yet every year when CMS releases the list of hospitals penalized for their HAC scores, we see that there are still many hospitals across the country still struggling with controlling their HACs.

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3 Simplified Hospital Case Costing Methods [Infographic]

By Stephen Manna Posted May 25, 2017 in Academy, Business Intelligence

Shrinking hospital margins headline much of the health care news these days. But how do you know if your margins are shrinking if you aren’t sure what your costs are?

In order to assess the profitability of your hospital, you must know what your hospital costs are.

In this infographic, we have highlighted three common Hospital case costing methodologies.

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Strategies for Improving ED Throughput

By Adrienne Greason Posted Oct 28, 2016 in Business Intelligence, Academy

It’s 7 p.m. and you’ve just been in an accident. Nothing serious, but you think your ankle is sprained. You decide to go to the emergency room. Upon entering the ER, you see EMTs wheeling in patients on gurneys with oxygen. As you continue into the waiting room, you hear someone mention a multicar accident. You look around for a seat, but the waiting room is crowded. As a stable patient, you might be in for a long wait.

It’s no secret that longer emergency room waiting times can lead to worse patient outcomes and lower patient satisfaction scores. In this critical department of the hospital, each moment can mean the difference in the life of the patient.

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Reducing Readmissions with Predictive Analytics

By Erin Heilman Posted Apr 08, 2016 in Business Intelligence, Academy

The current state of Medicare readmission penalties 

In this blog, we explore how hospitals are using predictive analytics to determine at-risk patients. We consider how the risk assessment tool can lower a hospital's readmission rates.

This year, a staggering 77% of hospitals will receive some percentage of penalty to their 2016 funding under Medicare’s Readmissions Reduction Program

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