Symbria President & CEO Jill Krueger announced on December 13, 2016, that Dr. Rajeev Kumar joined Symbria as Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Kumar will direct the development and implementation of a clinically integrated post-acute care delivery model. He and his team also plan to create a preferred provider network of skilled nursing and home health providers and develop relationships with hospital systems and physician groups on behalf of the network.
At 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, I received a brief yet impactful text message from a client that simply asked "now what?" Just hours before, Donald Trump was elected President and the Republican party retained the majority of seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Although these events may have a significant impact on our healthcare system and initiatives such as value-based payments, I think it's prudent to remain focused on what we know won't change. The growing demand for affordable housing and healthcare due to the demographic realities of an aging population will not change. The demand for qualified workers outstripping supply will not change. The increasing burden of chronic disease management will not change. I'm sure you can think of your own realities to add.
During the past two years, Symbria Analytics has partnered with LeadingAge Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, and Nebraska to allow these state associations to offer a valuable benefit – a Skilled Nursing Resident Power Survey from inQ Experience Surveys at no cost to the member. And now, we've created a new partnership with LeadingAge Iowa that allows Iowa providers to receive the same benefit.
Anticoagulation therapy is commonly administered to residents living in long-term-care communities. In the past, warfarin was the only oral anticoagulant available; however, equally effective therapies have been developed in recent years that offer practitioners and patients more options. Patients who are stable on warfarin therapy may not want to consider switching, but the newer therapies – although more costly – have some advantages over warfarin that may be appealing.
The temperatures are cooling down, but our fall event schedule is heating up during October! Stop by and see the Symbria team at the AHCA/NCAL Convention in Nashville this week – or the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo in Indianapolis, which begins on October 31.
The senior-living provider’s guide to Medicare open enrollment and 2016/2017 consumer mailings [Infographic]
It's that time of the year again! Along with the annual change of seasons from summer to fall comes Medicare open enrollment.
- The Annual Election and Open Enrollment Periods will begin on October 15 and end on December 7, 2016.
- Marketing by Medicare Part D plans will begin on October 1, 2016.
- Medicare Part D plan changes will all take effect on January 1, 2017.