How Rural Hospitals Can Leverage Telehealth to Improve Mortality Measures Impacting CMS Star Ratings

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For rural hospitals mortality measure group weightings could range from 22%-39% and therefore have a significance on CMS Star Ratings. Specifically, measures related to heart failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Pneumonia are integral to the mortality measure group in CMS Star Ratings. Addressing these specific conditions effectively can lead to improved outcomes, directly impacting a hospital's CMS Star Rating. Telehealth strategies emerge as innovative solutions to confront these challenges, offering rural hospitals a pathway to enhance patient outcomes in these critical areas and, subsequently, improve their CMS Star Ratings.

Telehealth and Its Role in Reducing Mortality in Rural Settings

1. Heart Failure

2. Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

3. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

5. Pneumonia

Overcoming Challenges and Implementing Strategies

How Can Dexur Help:

The integration of telehealth follow-ups with Dexur’s Unified Safety, Risk & Incident forms complements continuous patient monitoring. Dexur's data-driven insights identify high-risk patients and streamline data management. This integration enables personalized care plans, improves patient engagement, ensures cost-effective care, and creates a feedback loop for quality improvement. Ultimately, it leads to better health outcomes and reduced readmission rates in rural healthcare settings.

The application of telehealth in rural hospitals offers a viable solution to improving care for critical conditions that significantly impact mortality rates. By implementing tailored telehealth strategies for heart failure, AMI, CABG, COPD, and pneumonia, rural healthcare providers can offer better patient management, reduce hospital readmissions, and ultimately lower mortality rates associated with these conditions. Continued investment and support for telehealth infrastructure and policy will be crucial in realizing these benefits.