Published on January 24, 2013

Genesis Selects Preferred Skilled Nursing Providers

Zanesville, OH (Jan. 24, 2013) – Genesis HealthCare System has named 20 long-term care facilities as preferred providers for skilled nursing care. Skilled nursing care is provided in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) when patients need skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff to treat, manage, observe and evaluate their care on an inpatient basis. It is common for patients to transition to a SNF after being hospitalized before they are well enough to return home. Genesis transfers approximately 2,000 patients to SNF care annually.

The SNF preferred providers, which span a 12-county area, are Adams Lane Care Center, Beckett House of New Concord, Cedar Hill Care Center, Forest View Health Campus, Sterling Transitional Suites, and Willow Haven Nursing Home in Muskingum County; Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab Center-Coshocton in Coshocton County; Rockmill Rehab Center Homestead Care & Rehab and Lanfair Rehab & Nursing Care in Fairfield County; Kindred Nursing & Rehab Center-Cambridge in Guernsey County; Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab Center-Logan in Hocking County; Majora Lane Center for Rehab & Nursing Care in Holmes County; Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab Center-Newark in Licking County; Highland Oaks Health Center and Riverside Landing Skilled Nursing & Rehab in Morgan County; Woodsfield Nursing & Rehab in Monroe County; Summit Acres Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Noble County; New Lexington Care & Rehab Center in Perry County; and Riverside Manor Nursing & Rehab in Tuscarawas County.

Selections were made based on providers’ ability to demonstrate they have a process for a smooth and timely discharge/admission for patients from the hospital into the SNF, ensure the highest quality of care is afforded to those patients on a consistent basis, improve patient health outcomes, and reduce preventable hospital admissions.

The providers were named on Jan.18, and the relationships will become effective on March 4. The selection process included a rigorous evaluation of providers’ backgrounds, experiences and patient support abilities.

Specific areas of review included personnel qualifications, patient education, scope of services, and disease specific programs or services that enhance patient care. Organizations also were required to be willing to regularly submit data to Genesis that demonstrates patients are receiving quality care.

Patients will continue to have a choice of where they go for skilled nursing care and will be provided a list of all area SNF providers. The Genesis preferred providers are those that demonstrate to Genesis they meet quality standards.

“Our concern for patients’ wellbeing extends beyond their hospital stay, and this is a great opportunity for us to partner with other medical providers in the community to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. We will regularly review quality data from the preferred providers, so we can verify they have the processes, services and personnel in place to give patients high quality care,” stated Gina Pennington, Genesis chief quality officer. “We will also continue to work with all skilled nursing providers to consistently elevate the level of care patients receive,” added Pennington.

 

What is skilled care?

Skilled care is health care given when patients need skilled nursing or rehabilitation staff to treat, manage, observe and evaluate their care. Examples of skilled care include intravenous injections and physical therapy. Skilled care is given on an inpatient basis in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF). Care that can be given by non-professional staff isn’t considered skilled care. People don’t usually stay in a SNF until they are completely recovered. Medicare covers certain skilled care services that are needed daily on a short-term basis (up to 100 days).Skilled care requires the involvement of skilled nursing or rehabilitative staff in order to be given safely and effectively. Skilled nursing and rehabilitation staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical and vocational nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.

Skilled nursing care helps patients improve their conditions, or maintain their current conditions and prevent them from getting worse. Skilled rehabilitation care helps improve patients’ condition within a predetermined time period, or set up a maintenance program designed to maintain their current condition and prevent it from getting worse. Skilled care helps patients get better, function more independently, and/or learn to take care of their health needs.

(Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) 

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated health care delivery system based in Zanesville, Ohio. The system includes a not-for-profit hospital that operates at two Zanesville sites – Genesis-Bethesda and Genesis-Good Samaritan, an extensive network of more than 300 physicians and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region.  

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