SUBDOMAIN 734.3 - ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS & QUALITY LEADERSHIP.
Competency 734.3.4: Healthcare Utilization and Finance
A1-Which costs will be covered by Medicare Part A?
Medicare Part A is otherwise called the Hospital Insurance and covers up to 100 days of the Skilled Nursing Facility stay. To be qualified for it the patient first has to have been hospitalized for more than 3 days in a hospital (qualifying hospital stay) so the stay in it would not be considered outpatient. After the hospital stay the doctor that followed the patient in the hospital or the PCP that releases the patient from the hospital needs to write the order for the SNF services. In order for a patient to receive the services from the SNF they have to:
-Have…show more content… Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) 8.Vascular Catheter-Associated Infection 9. Deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism following total knee replacement and hip replacement procedures 10. Certain Surgical Site Infections, including Mediastinitis after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), following certain orthopedic procedures, and following bariatric surgery for obesity.
As a result of the DRA, the cost for the hospital-acquired UTI for Mrs. Zewick will be paid by her or her daughter.
Since the original plan for SNF stay was 21 days, which is the total number of the days paid by Medicare Part A 100%, there was going to be no out of pocket pay from the patient’s side if there would have not been a UTI acquired. Objective findings show that the UTI was due to poorly performed evidence-based protocol process in the urinary catheter maintenance and fitting. This cost the patient to start paying money ($144.50/day x 14 days as explained before) out of her pocket for cause that was not inevitable. Not only did the patient have to suffer being weak, having and infection and missing on her rehabilitation program, but she had to also pay for each extra day that she had to stay there for a fault that was not hers. It is clearly not only a failure of the SNF’s operational system, quality of care and healthcare professionals’ performance, but also of the governmental support which directly penalizes the patient for