ATLANTA, GA (November 14, 2019) – Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated a program aimed to reduce patient readmission to acute care hospitals in the 30 days following discharge from a skilled nursing facility. Out of 15,000+ participating Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities, Salude has been ranked #1 for performance for the second year in a row.
This Value-Based Purchasing Initiative demands that skilled nursing facilities meet certain performance benchmarks or face penalties. Salude’s ranking of #1 indicates exemplary performance in preventing patient readmissions to the hospital.
“Salude is proud to be ranked #1 in the country by CMS for a second time. Our innovative ‘transitionist’ clinical model is designed to provide the best services in a state-of-the-art environment, help keep patients out of the hospital and improve rehabilitative outcomes. We’re thankful for our community partners who have helped institute our patient-centered approach since our inception in 2014,” said Dr. Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP, Salude’s CEO.
Salude has many partners that have worked together to develop the model, some of which are found at Salude and others who are partners in the community. At Salude, Aegis Therapies provides physical, occupational and speech therapies, and Transitional Care Physicians of America (TCPA) provides nurse practitioners and physician assistants to oversee clinical services and communicate directly with patients and their physicians.
At the heart of Salude’s patient-centered care is Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR), which brings an expertly-trained care team to the patient and family to advance progress and answer questions together. 1Unit, the clinician-led healthcare company that develops SIBR, provides Salude with everything needed to SIBR-train and SIBR-certify staff.
In addition, preferred home health companies on rotation at Salude, Accent Care’s Guardian Home Health and VNHS Home Health, follow patients after graduation from the rehabilitation and recovery program, ensuring that patients continue on their path of success in a home-based setting.
Alan L. Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP
Transitional Care, Cardiology Services and Rehabilitation, and Hospital Medicine1 hr 11 min
Dr. Wang of Salude, Dr. Kunjummen of Atlanta Heart Specialists, and Dr. Austin of Gwinnett Medical Center Hospital Medicine