Innovative Healthcare Strategy Saves $50 Million

The Affordable Care Act continues to be a political—and now, practical—nightmare, thanks to blaring attacks and equally vocal support by different factions. Meanwhile, the health industry is quietly going about the business of continuing to innovate with new healthcare models. The latest good news comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which reports nearly $50 million in savings from what is described as an “experiment” to keep nursing home residents out of inpatient care. That sum was the result of a three-year initiative among 143 nursing homes in seven states, reports Modern Healthcare, and involved health systems, universities, and consultants. Away from the headlines, progress is being made by professionals using creative thinking, good purpose, and determination—as is often the case.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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