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THE THERAPIST TOOLBOX FOR MINIMIZING READMISSIONS Lynn Vanderburg BA, RRT, NRP.

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1 THE THERAPIST TOOLBOX FOR MINIMIZING READMISSIONS Lynn Vanderburg BA, RRT, NRP

2 Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) Legislative Context Shapes HRRP –Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) was to provide everyone in America with affordable Health care Faced stiff opposition To get it passed programs had to be inserted that would reduce the total cost burden of the bill –HRRP is one of those cost reduction programs Estimated to reduce Medicare payments by $7.1 billion (between ) reduction-program

3 Hospital Readmission Reduction Program Brief overview –The HRRP is a reimbursement penalty approach for general acute care hospitals that have readmissions deemed “excess” by CMS Began fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012) Reduction is capped at 1% in 2013, 2% in 2014 and 3% in 2015 and beyond Reductions apply to total DRG reimbursement –But readmissions deemed excess are determined using 3 specific conditions endorsed by the National Quality Foundation (NQF) »Acute Myocardial Infarction »Heart failure »Pneumonia g/post/2012/03/29/an-early-look-at-hospital- readmissions-reduction-program

4 Readmissions Patients are being readmitted back to the hospital within 30 days of discharge One in every five patients! [Illustration by Chris Gash /

5 Reimbursement Penalties 2,211 American hospitals received reimbursement penalties on Oct 1, 2012 for high readmission rates –Together they will forfeit about $280 million in Medicare funds over next year According to Medicare, 2 out of 3 hospitals evaluated failed to meet its new standards for preventing 30 day readmissions. (penalty rate up to 1%) x (total Medicare reimbursement/yr) = lost revenue Rau, Jordan. Kaiser Health News. “Medicare to Penalize 2,211 Hospitals for Excess Readmissions”. Aug

6 Re-hospitalizations among patients in the Medicare Fee-for-service Program New England Journal of Medicine Stephen F. Jencks, MD, MPH, Mark Williams, MD and Eric A Coleman, MD MPH. Abstract I in 5 Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 30 days –Which equates to 2.3 million patients National cost of over $17 Billion Half of patients readmitted had no physician contact 70% of surgical readmits were for chronic medical conditions. Potentially 40% of all Readmissions are preventable

7 Readmission Factors AARC webcast August “Hospital to Home-efforts at Reducing Hospital Readmissions”. Greg Spratt BS, RRT; Kimberly Wiles BS, RRT; Becky Anderson RRT. 69% were non compliant with meds 51% lacked knowledge: How to use Therapy Devices 45% inadequate knowledge of medications 42% unable to self manage care 37% had no follow up visit with Physician 31% develop infection post discharge

8 Readmissions Not The Only Change NO MORE FEE FOR SERVICE Pay for Performance (P4P) =Value Based Purchasing(VBP) Rewards physicians, hospitals, medical groups and other health care providers for meeting certain performance measures for quality and efficiency Rewarding hospitals for the quality of care they provide to Medicare patients, not just the quantity of procedures they perform Also eliminating payments for “never events” purchasing/Downloads/FY-2013-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions-about-Hospital-VBP pdf Find article in my favorites: Readmission 2012 and it has CMS and frequently asked questions.

9 Hospital Performance Value Based Purchasing Program (VBP) –Begin to pay hospitals for their actual performance Requires portion of Medicare reimbursement to be withheld and returned proportionate to how the Hospital performs Value-based Purchasing: What Hospitals and Healthcare Systems Need to Know Now to Manage Their Medicare Dollars Pat Bickley, Jude Odu-Health Care Dataworks

10 Changing Reimbursement Fiscal YearValue Based Purchasing Hospital Readmission Reduction Program Hospital Acquired Conditions Total % 02.00% %2.00%03.25% %3.00%1.00%5.50% %3.00%1.00%5.75% %3.00%1.00%6.00%. Alexander, K.,LHA Legislative & regulatory Update. LA Assn for Healthcare Quality Annual Education Conference, April 2012 Payment Reform for Hospitals

11 Patient Satisfaction ‐ HCAHPS Some of the 20 Key Performance Measures: Nurse communication Cleanliness and quiet Doctor communication Responsiveness of hospital staff Pain management Discharge information Communication about medications Overall rating of hospital slide 16 of PP presentation listed:Value ‐ based Purchasing

12 Higher Per Capita Spending Doesn’t Translate into Higher Life Expectancy Source: 2006 CIA Fact Book Life Expectancy-Per Capita Spending

13 AARC Hospital to Home Program AARC did a survey in September % of hospitals do nothing to help COPDers 42% us EBM algorithms, pathways, guidelines or protocols 20% of COPD programs inpatient, discharge, and outpatient needs 12% partner with DME’s 5.7% had RT Case Managers or discharge planners 2.6% had COPD coordinator positions

14 Time For Disease Management COPD was predicted to be #3 cause of death by 2020 It reached this milestone in April 2011 according to CDC Population >65 will increase 73% by 2025 –Baby Boomers are over 80 million strong. PCP shortages of 20-27% by –Allergists, PCP, anesthesiologists. There are over 100 Million patients in the US classified as having chronic conditions Kallstrom, T. “The Long Term Implications of the Affordable Care Act”. AARC Times, Oct pg 20-21

15 Pulmonary Issues Aren’t Going Away!  RT as a Physician Extender Work in PCP office assessing patients  RT as Case Managers Teach self management Modify patients behavior at home Coach, encourage and give advice Regular communication between patient and RT Identify unmet health needs Keeps patients: –Out of Hospital –Out of ED –Out of Physician office

16 HARP(Hospital admissions risk program) Melbourne, Australia study Patient focused and self management of care through acute and community health sectors Case Managed COPDControl Group ED Visits 10%ED Visits 45% Admits 25%Hosp Admits 41% Hospital LOS 18%Hosp LOS 51% Bird, S et al. “An integrated Care Facilitation model Improves QOL & reduces use of Hosp resources by pts w/ COPD & CHF”. 2010:16(4):

17 Likely Contributors to the High Rates of Readmission 1.DRG’s –Lump payment given by Medicare based on diagnosis –Doesn’t look at the level of service given to patient. –To much incentive to deliver care at or below DRG Rate –Pt gets discharged before medically appropriate to do so 2.Lack of communication between hospital healthcare professionals, Home Care Physicians etc. –Leads to conflicting and additional care Both can increase the chance the Patient gets readmitted! reduction-program/

18 It will take a village! Two areas of fragmentation of Care a)Hospital  Communication between Physician, RN, RRT, OT, PT, Social Work etc b) Various Other Industries  Hospitals, Sniff, LTAC, Rehabilitation, Office Physician, Home Care services, Hospice etc It will take a village to solve the problems of readmission We cannot work and manage these patients in isolation

19 Areas for Change in Potentially Preventable Readmissions Improve Quality Of Inpatient Care 1. Education –Choose a champion –Customize patient education –Use teach back regularly especially with regard to understanding discharge instructions –Teach patient self Managed Care –Involve different disciplines to teach For example RRT required to teach respiratory methods Currently an average of 8 minutes is spent on education of our patients in the hospital! We don’t get reimbursed on education

20 Making it Work? Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta –481-bed, acute-care hospital After implementing changes: –<70yr olds had readmission rates of 13.05% before & after 3.97% –>70yr olds had rates of 15.9% before, which fell to 11.2% **And Their Length of Stay dropped **

21 How They did it? Medication Reconciliation 2/3 of readmissions have something to do with medications Pharmacist responsible for drug review with patient/family/PCP Identify patient at high risk for Readmission Ensuring good follow up care Hospital secretary schedules Dr Appt for patient and insist they be seen w/in 2 weeks Patient follow up phone call within 72hrs of discharge : Why were they in hospital? Symptoms they should be looking for. What Medications they are taking ? When is next Dr appt.? Patient PASS (keep it in their wallet ) Single sheet form that lists: Reason for hospitalization Medical appts Issues to discuss with PCP

22 What’s Wrong with this Picture? Source: Fischbeck, Paul. “US-Europe Comparisons of Health Risk for Specific Gender-Age Groups.” Carnegie Mellon University; September, 2009

23 “Hospital-acquired infections kill 99,000 Americans each year.” “That’s equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing every other day. ¹ ” 35,967 Deaths Annually from Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia² 1 2 Nicolau et al. “Redefing Success for VAP: 360-Degree approach”, JMCP June 2009, Vol. 15, No. 5

24 Push Forward Therapist Driven Protocols Patient Outcomes aligned with VBP Member of the Care Continuum Patient Advocate; Access to RT care Education Specialist for COPD/Pneumonia Population Heighten AWARENESS of the Hospital staff that RT’s are a valuable clinical resource Airway clearance is a main player in keeping pt out of the hospitals Finding devices and techniques that can follow the patient home will become more and more important 24

25 Areas for Change in Potentially Preventable Readmissions Improve Quality Of Inpatient Care cont’d… 2. Multidisciplinary rounds 1.Scheduled communication times to discuss patient as a team 2.Set up a discharge plan that is looked at and signed off on by all disciplines RRT should always be involved with chronic lung pt discharge plan 3. Use Pulmonary Rehabilitation Facilities 1.Within 3 days of discharge 2.Teach and explain medications and lifestyle changes, exercises etc It is shown when pts go to an LTACH before they go home there are three times fewer readmission bounce backs 4. Establish follow up plan before discharge 1.Provide pt meds at discharge 2.Have a dedicated advocate/coach for pt at discharge and beyond

26 Areas for Change in Potentially Preventable Readmissions 5. Early post discharge follow up –Remote monitoring/telehealth It was shown that an RN or RRT giving patient education over the phone reduced hospital admissions by 40% and ER visits by 41% for COPD patients Reconciliation of Medication –Piedmont Hospital In Atlanta Improving their process fixed a 46% discrepancy rate Need Proactive Thinking rather than Reactive –There is a lack of preventative healthcare –Symptoms treated, not the root cause 1. J. Bourbeau, M. Julien, et al, “Reduction of Hospital Utilization in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Disease-Specific Self-Management Intervention,” Archives of Internal Medicine 163(5), S 2.

27 Proactive Not Reactive Respiratory Issues from Retained Secretions Proactive Behavior Could result in: Prevention of respiratory complications Faster weaning Decreased ICU/ Hospital LOS Improved morbidity/ mortality Health care Savings Discharge planning involvement Early intervention with lung expansion and/or airway clearance therapies Routine Assessments Communicate and Educate Patient as active member of the team Respiratory Protocols

28 DASH is a Homecare Respiratory Services program –Driven by novel respiratory software, protocols & improved reporting –Begins prior to discharge Risk evaluation COPD order set includes DASH (Risk evaluation, Assessment & transition) 28% readmission in Philadelphia for COPD pts Incorporation of DASH has reduced it to <4% DASH= Discharge + Assessment & Home

29 DASH COPD/CHF/Pneumonia all require specialization Early on: < 10% were coming home with a follow up appointment Now 90% get a follow up appt –RT calls them at home and sets up appt with them Changed Name from the Pulmonary Rehabilitation clinic to “COPD Independence Program”

30 Systematic Assessment and Early Intervention 30

31 Role of Respiratory Therapist in Re-Admission Prevention RT’s stepping up and taking an active roll –Properly assessing and identifying patients at risk for retained secretions –Providing Patient Education –Ensuring proper follow-up after discharge –Assessment of needs at discharge Effective Communication with: –Discharge Planner –Nursing –Physician –PT / OT –Homecare /transitional care RT –DME companies / vendors Closing the gap between hospitals, extended care and homecare by working as a team!

32 For Best Patient Outcomes Physicians PA’s & NP’s Respiratory Therapists Nurses PT/OT & Speech Discharge Planners & Case Managers Post Acute Care Team Manufacturers Distributors Insurance Companies & other payers Taking the Team Approach…

33 Comparing Hospitals 33

34 Conclusion Health care reform is here and Respiratory Care both home and hospital based need to position themselves as invaluable. The causes of Readmissions span multiple providers along the whole continuum of patient care. Many of the solutions to these problems are in front of us. Now its up to us.


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