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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 28, 2016 9:35 AM
Answers to many of the questions submitted by participants during the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Training offered in Baltimore, Maryland, in November have been posted and are available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/LTCH-Quality-Reporting/LTCH-Quality-Reporting-Training.html, under ‘Downloads’.

Additionally, CMS will host a follow-up webinar on February 3. The primary focus will be on Sections GG (Functional Abilities and Goals) and M (Skin Conditions) of the LTCH Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set V 3.0. Information about Section O (Special Treatments, Procedures and Programs) and where to find additional assistance...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, November 12, 2015 9:23 AM
Tonja Williams, MSN, RN, president and chief executive officer of Continuing Care Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, in Lexington has been selected to serve on the governing council of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation Section for Kentucky's region. Her three-year term will begin on January 1, 2016, and extend through December 31, 2018.

This Section focuses on the interests and concerns of post-acute care providers — long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs,) inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health agencies (HHAs). The primary goals for Williams's term will be to advise AHA on public policy issues, advocacy positions, emerging issues and member service strategies as well as to serve as a channel back to her peers.

AHA's Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation seeks to promote and enhance the understanding of the health and related continuing care needs of persons of all ages, and of the issues...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, January 03, 2014 1:46 PM
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Kentucky Chapter Winter Education Institute will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville on January 23-24. Attendees can earn 12.6 CPE credits and will learn from a panel of six Kentucky hospital chief executive officers about Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACHs) and how utilizing the LTACH level of care can improve patient outcomes and a community hospital’s bottom line. Attendees will learn how LTACHs are quality, cost-effective alternatives to long stays in a community hospital ICU, and the importance of managing average length of stay (ALOS) for patients who will move to post-acute care (PAC) providers. 

There are eight LTACHs in Kentucky. They are acute care hospitals, treating critically ill patients who are stable, but still very sick with complex medical conditions. LTACHs offer slower and more supervised care for the sickest of patients; about 2 percent of all Medicare patients are discharged to an LTACH where a team of doctors and nurses can continue to take care of the patient's complex needs. LTACHs are not nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). 

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