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From Our Experts

What Do Hospital Readmission Penalties Look Like In FY2015 For Colorado?

By Katie Lewandowski, MPH, Project Director at the Colorado Hospital Association 
On Oct. 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Medicare readmissions penalties for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). CMS estimates it will levy $428 million in fines against 2,610 hospitals throughout the country, including 27 Colorado hospitals. 
Baby Boomers: They're Coming and Know What They Want

Phillip W. Heath, InnovAge

It's true. 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day, and it'll keep happening for the next 20 years or so. And as it happens, Baby Boomers will join other generations in the line for healthcare resources. While some describe Baby Boomers as "entitled," in this instance knowing what one wants-and this applies to any generation-is critical. 

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In The News
Efforts to Enable Americans to Age in Place are Expanding, Survey Shows 
By Fredrick Kunkle
From The Washington Post, November 2014

As the United States undergoes a dramatic demographic shift toward an older population, there are significantly increased efforts to help the elderly stay in their homes as they age. Area Agencies on Aging are changing their roles and services to support this trend.

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To Reduce Medicare Readmissions, Healthcare Embraces Post-Acute Partnerships 
From, September 2014 

Post-acute partnerships, for example, collaborations between home health, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and hospices, have emerged as a key strategy to reduce hospital readmissions. These partnerships serve to streamline processes and care transitions, educate and align staff, and implement changes of value to patients.

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5 Lessons from Healthcare Partnership Success Stories

By: Leslie Small

From Fierce Healthcare, December 2014

One of the best ways to improve population health management is through collaboration between healthcare facilities and community leaders, and a new study examines a variety of successful partnerships to make recommendations for how organizations can work together to improve public health.

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Tools and Resources

A Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers: Increasing Influenza Vaccination

The CDC has provided a new resource:  A Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers: Increasing Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Care Settings. 

This toolkit has a number of resources to help long-term care facilities and others provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce and to help employers understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees.
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Recordings and slides of our monthly webinars are located on the Webinar Archive page of the Healthy Transitions Colorado Website. 

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