Bill Schubart: It’s past time to rethink how Vermont health care is evolving

Rutland Regional Medical Center is asking for an 18% increase in commercial insurance rates; at right, the University of Vermont Medical Center is asking for a 20% increase. Photos by Emma Cotton and Glenn Russell/VTDigger

I was asked recently if there was a simple way to keep track of how our health care system measures up. My “simple” answer was, “Yes, count the number of people in emergency rooms, homeless shelters and jail cells.”

I was, in fact, answering a different question focused on “population health” rather than the success or failure of the health care system itself.

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Staffing Shortages Lead Nursing Homes to Rethink the MDS Coordinator Role

Persistent staffing shortages combined with regulatory headwinds have put even more pressure on nursing home MDS coordinators, a specialty position that itself has not been immune to the job turnover felt across the sector.

And their role to ensure that facilities get the reimbursement they earn and the right care is provided may be more vital than ever with proposed Medicare cuts on the horizon.

Some operators, like Milwaukee-based North Shore Healthcare, have looked for ways to make their MDS process easier and more efficient by keeping their MDS coordinators focused on assessments and by providing them more regional support.

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