The federal government’s readmission penalties of up to 3% on hospitals will reach a new high as Medicare withholds more than half a billion dollars in payments in 2017. The government will punish more than half of the nation’s hospitals — a total of 2,597 — having more patients than expected return within a month. While that is about the same number penalized last year, the average penalty will increase by 20%.
Fact is, reducing unplanned hospital readmissions has become a high priority for healthcare systems and home health providers nationwide. Each year, nearly 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of discharge. The federal government has estimated that 836,000 readmissions are considered unnecessary and avoidable. These avoidable readmissions will directly cost healthcare providers an estimated $528 million dollars in CMS penalties this year.
How much will CMS Readmission Penalties cost your organization this year?
Whether you're administrating a local medical center, regional hospital network or a nationwide health system, you're focused on improving outcomes and the patient experience. At the same time, you need to reduce cost and complexity. That's why a SafeGuardian CareCaller™ supports your population health management initiatives and helps you stay connected to patients with cost-effective solutions that are low-cost, easy to deploy and manage. Read about the new CareCaller™ in the national media.
SafeGuardian's exclusive CareCaller™ system creates a better connection between the patient and the healthcare system. By providing patients with instant one button direct communication with their visiting nurse, home health agency or healthcare provider, patients are encouraged and enabled to call their caregiver at the first sign of problems or complications. This results in quicker awareness of a medical problem. Patients do not have to wait until the next appointment or worse, the need to be sent or returned to the emergency room for a costly readmission.
By staying connected to patients after their discharge, you can keep patients out of medical environments while significantly reducing the number of costly, and avoidable readmissions.
Imagine a simple patient communication device costing only $15/mo that can effectively avoid unnecessary $10,000+ hospital readmissions, $1500 ER visits and 911 calls. Your organization can deploy hundreds of devices to your high-risk at-home patients knowing that just one avoided readmission pays for the entire program.
Now, calculate the reduced CMS penalties and this value-based program provides a remarkable return on investment.
No need to commit to a costly and complicated system-wide implementation before you are ready. We offer all of our established healthcare providers with a painless, risk-free pilot program initiative. Here is how it has been implemented successfully:
Let us prove the cost savings (from reduced hospital admissions/readmissions) and better patient communications that a CareCaller can provide your healthcare organization for less than .50/day/patient. If you are not delighted with the results at the end of the pilot program, you are free to cancel your service without further cost or obligation.
Best of all, SafeGuardian's CareCaller™ system is fully customizable and scaleable to fit seamlessly into your healthcare system. Our team of help alert professionals can fully configure your CareCallers to call and text your staff and/or office(s) in one office or many nationwide. As an added benefit, your CareCallers can also be "private-labeled" to include your own inserts, instructions and packaging.
SafeGuardian has been working closely with healthcare providers to provide patient medical alarms and help alert systems for over 15 years.
Let us show you how a CareCaller initiative can significantly reduce costs and improve patient outcomes for you. Our highly trained staff is standing by to demonstrate the amazing features and life-saving benefits that our new CareCallers offer.
Simply complete the request form below and we will send you a fully-functional CareCaller to try risk-free without cost or obligation! We will contact you to schedule an informative 20 minute call, at your convenience, to provide a hands-on demonstration.