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Healthcare Headlines from the Hill: February Edition

Stay ahead of the latest regulatory shifts and healthcare breaking news with Headlines from the Hill.

Rising Readmission Penalties Expected in 2024: What Rehab Hospitals Can Do to Reduce its Impact

Rising Readmission Penalties Expected in 2024: What Rehab Hospitals Can Do to Reduce its Impact

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported 2023 to be the lowest number of readmission penalties in nearly 10 years by the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). However, this trend is expected to reverse for fiscal year (FY) 2024.1 If hospitals are not prepared, patient experience and outcomes, as...

3 Factors Hindering Hospitals from Providing Quality Behavioral Health Treatment

3 Factors Hindering Hospitals from Providing Quality Behavioral Health Treatment

More than 56%, or 27 million, U.S. adults experiencing a behavioral health illness are not receiving treatment.1,2 Historically, a lack of education on behavioral health has played a major role in an individual’s willingness to seek treatment. However, as awareness and education around behavioral health services grow, new barriers hinder patients...

New Healthcare Regulations, Consumerism Shifts and More: How Your Hospital Can Prepare in 2024

New Healthcare Regulations, Consumerism Shifts and More: How Your Hospital Can Prepare in 2024

In addition to identifying and addressing trends around financial health, staffing challenges, and technology opportunities, there remain a number of additional trends set to impact hospitals throughout 2024. Discover three additional trends that health leaders should consider when developing and managing their hospital’s strategic priorities this year. Shifting Healthcare Consumerism Needs In...

Three Inpatient Rehabilitation Trends Every Health Executive Should Know

Three Inpatient Rehabilitation Trends Every Health Executive Should Know

2024 is anticipated to be a year of significant change for post-acute and inpatient rehabilitation service lines. To help ensure hospitals stay ahead of these changes and position themselves for success throughout the year, health leaders are looking into the trends expected to have the greatest impact. Three of these top...

Strategies to Improve Primary Care Operations: Importance of Behavioral Health Partnership

Strategies to Improve Primary Care Operations: Importance of Behavioral Health Partnership

Growing Need for Behavioral Health in the Hospital Setting An analysis by the Advisory Board noted that approximately 90% of both low- and high-acuity patients would choose to seek out their primary care provider (PCP) for behavioral health treatment and/or resources.1 However, patients who choose to admit to their PCP over other...

5 Healthcare Consumer Trends Impacting Hospitals Nationwide

5 Healthcare Consumer Trends Impacting Hospitals Nationwide

Healthcare is an ever-changing landscape, and so are its consumers. A recent Advisory Board report uncovered key insights into the latest healthcare consumer behaviors and how hospitals can prepare for its impact both now and in the future through inpatient rehabilitation integration. Five factors influencing healthcare consumer decisions and the driving...

Headlines from the Hill: December Edition

Headlines from the Hill: December Edition

Stay ahead of the latest regulatory shifts and healthcare breaking news with Headlines from the Hill. In this month’s edition you will find: Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: What to expect in 2024. IRF Discharge Planning Requirements: CMS considering additional guidance. Medicare Advantage (MA): New rule to begin in Q1 2024. Medicaid Enrollment: Decline...

Combat Rising Emergency Department Admissions with Behavioral Health Integration

Combat Rising Emergency Department Admissions with Behavioral Health Integration

Rising Emergency Department Admissions: A Cause for Concern The number of admissions and readmissions to the emergency department (ED) for behavioral health services has seen rapid growth in the past several years. This rise has not only significantly increased healthcare costs, but it continues to have a negative impact on the...

Case Study: Palomar Health Expands Care Access to the Greater San Diego Community

Case Study: Palomar Health Expands Care Access to the Greater San Diego Community

The Challenge For members of the North San Diego community in the past, access to specialized acute rehabilitation care was not readily available. This forced patients to travel outside of their local community to receive treatment which was also not near other sites of care, such as the emergency department (ED)...

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