In the News: August 24–30

Study Estimates Majority of Americans Will Spend a Night in a Nursing Home

A recent study published in PNAS estimates that “56% of persons aged 57–61 will stay at least one night in a nursing home during their lifetimes.” The authors note that their estimate “is substantially higher than previous estimates,” partly attributing this to “an increase in nursing home episodes of short duration.”

Today, many organizations are pursuing integration of post-acute care (PAC) services into their care continuum, with short-term goals of decreasing readmissions and minimizing the cost of an episode of care. Progressive organizations are rethinking their long-term PAC strategy and reimagining how they can use their PAC assets or partners to help patients avoid expensive hospitalizations. To learn more about how these organizations are identifying the right partners, read the Sg2 FAQ: Skilled Nursing Facility Partnerships.

Clinicians Are Not Familiar With MACRA Amid First Performance Period

A recent NueMD survey involving more than 1,000 health care professionals from both small and large practices found that 50% were not familiar with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), and 62% did not know how it would impact their practice.

As we enter the final stretch of the first performance period for MACRA’s Quality Payment Program, Sg2 experts have found there continues to be strong clinician appetite for education. At a time of great uncertainty for many doctors, hosting an open, in-person education session may help position you as a trusted community partner. For more key steps organizations should be taking along the MACRA implementation path, read the Sg2 Expert Insight: Strategy Teams Need a Seat at the MACRA Table.

Cleared-to-Return Athletes May Still Have Brain Abnormalities After Concussion

A new longitudinal study used MRIs to scan varsity athletes with a recent concussion at acute injury and after medical clearance. Abnormalities in brain structure and function found during acute injury persisted after the athletes were medically cleared to return to play. The study also found greater changes in brain function for athletes with a longer recovery time.

Concerns regarding the long-term effects of concussions have increased for health care providers and the public. Given that there are more than 7 million high school athletes, concussions are a significant health concern for adolescents. Sg2 believes that providers can incorporate concussion services as part of a larger sports medicine program. To learn more about concussion care in pediatric sports medicine, read the Sg2 FAQ: Considering Concussion Care in Pediatric Sports Medicine.

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