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Hospitals Step Up to Help Seniors Avoid Falls

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Hospitals offer classes that teach seniors how to reduce their fall risk.

Hospitals offer classes that teach seniors how to reduce their fall risk.

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults 65 and older, and 2.5 million of them end up in hospital emergency departments for treatment every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The consequences can range from bruises, fractured hips and head injuries to irreversible calamities that can lead to death. And older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again.

Despite these scary statistics, a dangerous fall does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Risk-reduction programs are offered around the country. (Jaffe, 1/12/16).

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KHN: Hospitals Step Up to Help Seniors Avoid Falls

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Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults 65 and older, and 2.5 million of them end up in hospital emergency departments for treatment every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The consequences can range from bruises, fractured hips and head injuries to irreversible calamities that can lead to death. And older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again.

Despite these scary statistics, a dangerous fall does not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Risk-reduction programs are offered around the country. (Jaffe, 1/12/16).

Read entire article here.


Home Health Readmission Numbers Keep Getting Better

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The home health rehospitalization rate for Medicare patients decreased by nearly two percentage points, from 19.17% in 2011 to 17.39% in 2012.

The home health rehospitalization rate for Medicare patients decreased by nearly two percentage points, from 19.17% in 2011 to 17.39% in 2012.

Rehospitalization rates among Medicare patients from a home health setting are on the decline, and with an increased emphasis on coordination of care, the positive trend should continue, according to data recently updated by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a national non-profit consortium of home health care providers and organizations, as reported by Home Health Care News/Kourtney Liepelt.

The Home Health Chartbook, compiled by Avalere Health LLC, summarizes and analyzes statistics on home health economic and demographic trends from various government sources. The latest data included in the Chartbook shows a steady decline in hospital readmission rates for home health users within 30 days of discharge for the top 20 most common diagnosis groups.

Specifically, the home health rehospitalization rate for Medicare patients decreased by nearly two percentage points, from 19.17% in 2011 to 17.39% in 2012. The data shows that trend is continuing, as the rate fell to 16.92% in 2013. Alliance Executive Director Teresa Lee attributes the decline to alternate models of health care delivery, such as the Accountable Care Organization program and bundled payments. Read more