[Skilled Nursing News] NYC Skilled Nursing Provider Sees Savings with In-House Emergency Staff

As skilled nursing facilities face pressures to improve care in an increasingly value-focused world, one provider has been able to lower its rehospitalization rate into the single digits by adding in-house emergency care.

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Call9, which is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and embeds paramedics on-site at skilled nursing facilities, partnered with the Archdiocese of New York’s long-term care arm, ArchCare, to bring the emergency services to two of ArchCare’s nursing homes. The collaboration began in December of last year, and has begun to lower rehospitalizations, according to Call9 and ArchCare.

That’s a particularly beneficial development with the new Patient Driven Payment Model set to take effect October 1, 2019, ArchCare President and CEO Scott LaRue told Skilled Nursing News.

“Homes are going to be rewarded who are taking care of the more clinically complex patients,” he said. “Not patients who are driven by therapy minutes and rehab. And what we’ve been doing strategically, even prior to this new model, is improving our ability to take care of more clinically complex patients. One of the tools in the toolbox that will allow us to do that is this relationship with Call9.”