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CMS initiative aims to improve SNF care
Modern Healthcare

Organizations in seven states will partner with the CMS on a new initiative intended to improve quality of care and reduce hospitalizations among skilled-nursing facility residents at 145 sites nationwide. The Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation, Alegent Creighton Health in Nebraska, the Curators of the University of Missouri, the Greater New York Hospital Foundation, HealthInsight of Nevada, Indiana University and UPMC Community Provider Services in Pennsylvania will work with nursing facilities in those states and state Medicaid programs to improve the quality of care and work toward lowering rehospitalizations. The efforts will work toward HHS‘ goal to reduce hospital admissions by 20% by the end of next year as outlined in the Partnership for Patients initiative. The CMS estimates that the total costs of potentially avoidable hospitalizations for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees last year were between $7 billion and $8 billion.