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McKnight's LTC: 3 Ways to Lower Post Acute Care Readmission Rates

August 09, 2017 Loopback HQ
This October, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will publish the Skilled Nursing Facility 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Measure (SNFRM) on Skilled Nursing Compare. The SNFRM estimates the risk-standardized rate of unexpected readmissions within 30 days for patients with fee-for-service Medicare who were inpatients at PPS, critical access, or psychiatric hospitals for any cause or condition. Long-term care facility performance on readmission rates is a big deal. Public reporting of readmission rates impacts the facility's reputation for quality. Long-term care facilities with...Read more
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Becker's Hospital Review: How to ensure bundle payment programs are sustainable

June 19, 2017 Loopback HQ
How to ensure bundle payment programs are sustainable Written by Neil Smiley, CEO of Loopback Analytics | June 19, 2017 This October the first cohorts of Awardees in Models 2, 3 and 4 for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BCPI) will begin their last year of the 5-year program. This July, marks the start of the 2nd year of 5 for mandatory for Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR) bundles. Amid the swirl of uncertainty on the timing and terms of bundled payment expansion, participants are asking what it takes to ensure bundled payment programs are sustainable. My perspective is that...Read more
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Managed Healthcare Executive: Top 3 roadblocks to medication adherence and how to avoid them

May 25, 2017 Loopback HQ
With the expansion of accountable care organizations, bundle payments and other value-based payment models, the economic impact of readmissions has intensified. Hospitals have made significant investments in a wide array of intervention programs to reduce avoidable readmissions, such as enhanced discharge planning, nurse navigators, post-discharge follow-up calls and health coaches. These investments are beginning to show results. For example, the readmission rate for Medicare fee-for-service patients with heart failure has declined by 10% from 2008 to 2014, according to the Kaiser Family...Read more
Press Release

PR Newswire: Loopback Analytics Helps UTMC Cut Readmissions and Increase Pharmacy Profitability with Data-Driven Meds to Beds Program

May 24, 2017 Loopback HQ
DALLAS, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Loopback Analytics' health care data integration and analytics platform has enabled the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) to reduce readmission rate among patients who were identified to be at high risk for readmission by more than 20 percent. The proactive approach to medication delivery also resulted in a gross margin per patient that was three times as high as that of the prior meds to beds program. These changes took place in just four months, after UTMC implemented a data-driven, proactive concierge medication program. The system, which...Read more
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Healthcare Informatics: At UTMC, Data-Driven “Meds to Beds” Program Leads to 20 Percent Drop in Readmission Rates

May 24, 2017 Loopback HQ
University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC), based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is leveraging data analytics to improve medication compliance and patient outcomes. Through its use of a health care data integration and analytics platform, UTMC has reported a reduction in the readmissions rate among patients who were identified to be at high risk for readmission by more than 20 percent. By improving medication delivery, UTMC’s new “meds to beds” program has resulted in gross margin per patient that was three times as high as that of the prior meds to beds program, according to a press release...Read more
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Drug Topics Magazine: Toward Better Meds-to-Beds Programs Technology is creating a system to identify patients in need of medication help at discharge.

May 16, 2017 Loopback HQ
New technology could help pharmacists identify patients at high risk for nonadherence before they leave the hospital. Nonadherence, particularly immediately after discharge, continues to be an obstacle for the health-care system and has been linked to higher readmission rates, greater costs, and worse health outcomes. However, by using new technology and intervention strategies, health systems can partner with on-site ambulatory care pharmacies to improve the success of meds-to-beds programs and plan specific targeted interventions that are focused on those patients who need it most. On-site...Read more
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DOTmed Healthcare Business News: Cost Containment Corner - The importance of redesigning care for at-risk patients

May 10, 2017 Loopback HQ
The risk burden for hospitals has been increasing steadily since the implementation of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) in 2012. Hospitals have been working to lower readmission rates, especially for at-risk populations, in order to avoid the associated penalties. Despite the rapid expansion of electronic medical records and additional economic incentives to reduce readmissions as a result of episode payment models (EPMs), comprehensively addressing readmission risk remains a challenge. The costs and causes of readmissions Readmissions can be costly for hospitals. According...Read more
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Predictive Modelin News: Empowering the Shift to Value

May 03, 2017 Loopback HQ
Only 1/3 of hospitals use predictive analytics, even though integrating patient information, data mining, stats and machine learning are the industry’s prized tools for rolling out population health management. Patient information today stems from a variety of records and resources, and while population health management is critical to improving clinical/financial outcomes for patients and for taking the guesswork out of healthcare, implementation of predictive analytics begins with pushing providers to performance-based care and standardization into workflows. nforming redesigned and...Read more
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Health Tech Zone: Bundled Payments Are Here to Stay- Three Keys to a Successful Evolution

April 05, 2017 Loopback HQ
Despite some uncertainty with the new administration, the move toward bundled payments is likely to accelerate. Bundled payments have demonstrated measurable improvements in clinical care coordination, patient outcomes and financial savings across the care continuum. As a result, it’s widely expected that this emerging trend will go mainstream, expanding from its current limited application in joint replacement to cover a wide range of procedures. The Benefits of Bundled Payments To effectively leverage the benefits of a bundled payments program, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home...Read more
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Becker's Hospital Review: Strategies to reduce at-risk patient readmissions

March 22, 2017 Loopback HQ
Strategies to reduce at-risk patient readmissions Written by Neil Smiley, CEO of Loopback Analytics | March 22, 2017 Over the last several years, hospitals have been hard at work to develop strategies to avoid penalties and denial of payments associated with high readmission rates. More recently, the expansion of bundle payments and other value-based payment models have further increased the importance of this effort. To reduce readmissions, most hospitals have made significant investments in a wide array of intervention programs, such as enhanced discharge planning, nurse navigators, post-...Read more
Media Coverage Loopback Analytics Uses Predictive Analytics To Close The Loop In Health Care Data

March 17, 2017 Loopback HQ Interview with: Neil Smiley CEO of Loopback Analytics What is the background for Loopback Analytics? What are the problems Loopback Analytics is attempting to mitigate? Response: Loopback Analytics (Loopback) is a Software-as-a-Service company that provides event-driven population health management. Founded in 2009, Loopback integrates and manages diverse data sources to support predictive analytics and intervention solutions to address health reform reimbursement challenges with the goal of achieving the Triple Aim – better care, better health and...Read more
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Healthcare Business Today: Real-Time Data Sharing - A New Path Forward

March 01, 2017 Loopback HQ
Historically, data sharing across the healthcare continuum has been hindered by a host of challenges. These diverse issues range from data security concerns, technical standard issues, required infrastructure costs, and misaligned incentives surrounding participation. Incremental progress has been made over the past decade through wide investment into electronic health record (EHR) systems. Unfortunately, this progress has been uneven. On the inpatient and outpatient side, core focus areas of EHR deployment have been in areas other than frictionless data exchange. Post-acute care has been...Read more