UMMS Post Acute Care Network Using Innovative Tools to Help Reduce Re-admissions from Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation Centers
UMMS Media Relations:
BALTIMORE - (August 15, 2018) – As part of its enhanced efforts to help reduce patient readmissions, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has begun using two software technology platforms to proactively identify key indicators of potential readmission. These tools, applied in the acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility settings, further broaden the capability of UMMS and its post-acute care partners to intervene early, improve patient care, and manage the total cost of care upon discharge from the hospital.
Through its newly-formed Quality Post Acute Care Network, UMMS focuses on safely discharging patients to the most appropriate next level of skilled nursing care, with a goal of returning the patient to their home community and reducing the overall cost of healthcare. Successfully managing patient populations across the post-acute care continuum is a key component of Maryland’s unique all-payer model and Global Budget Revenue (GBR) system, and is a core tenet of UMMS’s commitment of patient-centered care delivery in the right place at the right time.
UMMS has deployed Real Time Medical, which provides immediate daily analytics, and PointRight, which provides predictive and descriptive analytics, as well as historical trends of a facility’s performance and clinical outcomes, both of which interface with UMMS’ electronic medical record to provide a comprehensive, seamless tool to help maximize patient care and provide metrics around patient progress. These technology platforms analyze and track patient data in the post-acute care setting, enhancing a provider’s ability to monitor and predict potential complications, and allowing for earlier intervention to avoid potential setbacks that could lead to a hospital readmission.
“Ensuring that all patients discharged from our hospitals are transitioned to the most appropriate high-quality and safe care environment is major priority across the system,” said Keith Persinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Improvement Performance Officer for UMMS. “This innovative software is assisting our care teams in providing both real-time and risk-adjusted retrospective data and actionable information. These tools are a significant asset as clinicians make important decisions that can help patients on their post-acute care journey.”
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state’s future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the UM Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system’s 25,000 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations and at 14 hospitals. UMMS’ flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence and innovation in specialized care. Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. In addition, UMMS operates health insurance plans serving Medicare and Medicaid members. For more information, visit www.umms.org.