Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Need to Collaborate

January 24, 2014    |   By: Calevir

At a recent meeting of the St. Louis Area Healthcare Risk Managers (SLAHRM), members from hospitals and LTC discussed the growing imperative to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.   One theme that emerged:   improved collaboration between hospitals and skilled nursing communities for patients/residents–going both directions.   How can a SNF work with other providers to keep residents in their home, while treating more intense medical conditions?   How can hospitals assure that patients discharged to a different level of care are getting the coordinated care that they need to avoid readmission?   Clearly, the providers need to work together.   This is an emerging theme all over the country; this short article talks about efforts by the Cleveland Clinic.

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