NRPC Mission

The National Readmission Prevention Collaborative was created to unite industry leaders in sharing Best Practices in care transitions and readmission prevention for hospitals, SNF's and other providers. NRPC provides educational resources, certifications, case studies, intensives and events as well as access to products, tools and services that improve the care continuum.

NRPC Volunteer Advisory Board

Former CMS Innovation Center Executive
Jay Desai
PatientPing
Staff Engagement Liaison
Rebecca Metter
Wambi & Carepostcard
Legal Advisor
Harry Nelson
Nelson Hardiman
Home Care Liaison
Chad Fotheringham
AMADA Senior Care
Care Coordination Liaison
Josh Albrechtsen
Cortex
Senior Housing Liaison
Steve Moran
Senior Housing News
Nutrition & Hydration Liaison
Tracy R Smith, PhD, RD, LD
Abbott Nutrition
Founder & Chairman
Josh D. Luke, PH.D., FACHE
Nelson Hardiman Law & Compliagent
Adjunct Faculty, University of Southern California
Readmission Collaborative Names Winners of 4th
Annual Healthcare Innovation Contest
-- NRPC recognizes those technologies and programs delivering true transformational care –

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (April 26, 2018) - The National Readmission Prevention Collaborative announced today its 2018 winners of its 4th Annual Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Contest. Multiple category winners were named at todays USC C-Suite Invitational Event in Los Angeles, and winners will be featured at various NRPC C-Suite events throughout the country for the remainder of 2018.

The category winners are as follows:

Quadruple Aim, Caretaker Satisfaction: Wambi & Carepostcard, online nurse gratification & reward site

Environmental Transformation: Burcheyes, Infection reducing hospital lighting systems

Post-Acute Connectivity: PatientPing

Population Health Advancement: Cortex, High Risk Patient Management program (Cortexhc.com)

Healthcare Finance: RIP Medical Debt

Home Based Care: AMADA Senior Care DART Readmissions program

Each of these products and services was reviewed and evaluated by members of the NRPC Advisory Board and selected as winners in their respective categories. For more information visit the NRPC website at www.NationalReadmissionPrevention.com.

“This contest has become one of the most enjoyable accomplishments in the five year history of the readmission collaborative,” said Founder Dr. Josh Luke. “It’s inspiring to see these products and services that are truly transforming how we deliver patient centered care.”

For more information on the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative or 2018 award winners, please visit www.NationalReadmissionPrevention.com.

Discharge with Dignity™

The Discharge Planners New Role: Adopt a "Home-first" Mentality
The Financial Impact of Post Acute Referral Patterns for hospitals, ACO’s & Bundles
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The Discharge with Dignity guide was developed to be used as a tool for hospital case managers, discharge planners and social workers in planning for post acute care for patients. More than 20 health systems nationwide have written requesting permission to utilize the guide for training and implemented the "home first" approach. The guide's goals are two-fold: 1) To encourage doctors and hospitals to consider sending a patient home with resources, to age, heal and recover at home as opposed to in an institution if home is a possibility, and 2) The guide utilizes multiple colors to illustrate and represent the financial penalties for hospitals and doctors if patients are consistently discharged from the hospital to post acute institutions such as acute rehab, long term acute care or skilled nursing. Hospitals around the country have implemented this guide for daily use as it presents a dramatic shift from the mindset of discharge planners during the fee for service era.

Announcing winner of 201​7​ NRPC Innovation Contest

DART by AMADA Senior Care:
Discharge Admission Reduction Team

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Readmission Concepts

Cardiothoracic Post-Operative Compression Vest

Sternal dehiscence and instability are a significant cause of persistent pain and limited quality of life for patients who have undergone open heart surgery. Considerable wound pain with breathing, palpable sternal instability and local inflammation can persist for months. This patented, warp-knit fabric provides medical grade compression to help the body heal faster. It is engineered with Three Dimensional Stretch™ to ensure optimal compression and reduce pain. It ​differentiates itself from other vests as it is treated with Silvadur anti-microbial protection to help lower the risk of infections and improve recovery times.

Medical grade compression improves sternal stabilization, reducing pain and localized edema. The vest includes long lasting antimicrobial protection to help lower the risk of infection and resultant re-admissions or other complications. Cardiothoracic Post-Operative Compression Vests after any heart surgery have resulted in improved patient compliance with prescribed treatment protocol, reduced length of hospital stay and evidence-based re-admission reduction for cardiac patients.

September is Readmission Prevention Month!

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Discharge with Dignity
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  • Only 25% of more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals avoided readmission penalties in FY 2016.
  • Studies in 2015 found that tying physician pay to quality has not had the desired impact.
  • Hospitals have had a stronger reaction to Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary penalties than the readmission penalty.
  • The CMS SNF Readmission Penalty program began October 1, 2016.
  • The SNF Readmission penalty measures how many patients from each SNF are readmitted to acute hospitals within 30 days of hospital discharge.
  • A SNF can be penalized under the The SNF Readmission penalty even after a patient is discharged home from the SNF if the patient is readmitted within the 30 days after discharge from the acute hospital.
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