CHICAGO and LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts today announced that Kindred Healthcare, Inc., the nation's largest post-acute provider, has selected Allscripts Referral Management and Referral Management Plus to help manage and coordinate patient referrals for Kindred's 82 long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals and 228 nursing and rehabilitation centers across the nation.
Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is a healthcare services company that through its subsidiaries operates hospitals, nursing centers and a contract rehabilitation services business across the United States. Kindred is the nation's largest post-acute provider as ranked by revenues. Allscripts will implement its web-based solutions for all of Kindred's facilities over the next three months.
Kindred facilities will use the Allscripts solutions to connect electronically with caregivers and case managers in thousands of US hospitals, including several hundred hospitals that use the web-based Allscripts Care Management solution to manage care and find locations for patients requiring additional care. Using Allscripts, Kindred's skilled nursing facilities will be able to receive and respond instantly to electronic patient referrals from hospitals. Kindred LTAC hospitals will have the additional capability of sending electronic patient referrals to the 7,000 post-acute facilities nationwide that use Allscripts for referral management, enabling Kindred to quickly find the right facility to take their own discharged patients.
"We expect to receive increasing numbers of electronic referrals from hospitals, as they seek to speed and streamline that critical process, so it makes sense to partner with Allscripts, the leader in that space," said Lane Bowen, Executive Vice President of Kindred and President of the Health Services Division. "Allscripts will make it much easier for our skilled nursing facilities to respond quickly to hospital discharge planners and improve our bottom line performance by capturing more patients who are appropriate to our type of care."
Benjamin Breier, Executive Vice President and President of Kindred's Hospital Division, added that Kindred's LTAC hospitals need solutions that allow them to manage patient transfers more efficiently and expeditiously than in the past. "We need volume, we need speed, and we need to gain additional management insight and perspective into the discharge and referral processes," said Breier. "These services are going to become more common and it's going to happen sooner rather than later, so we're better off ahead of the curve with the leader in the space, Allscripts."
Allscripts enables post-acute care facilities to track all patient referrals in a single system. Customers automatically receive and respond to referrals from hospitals, enter referrals from non-electronic sources, and collect important marketing information. Allscripts also enables clients to manage tasks involved in the intake process, generate business letters and documents, and send referrals to the next appropriate level of care.
"Long-term acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities need accurate, real-time information to provide the best care possible and more effectively manage their costs, and our referral management solutions deliver that while providing caretakers outside the hospital a window into the treatment their patient's received," said Jeff Surges, President of Allscripts Health Systems Group. "Kindred's selection of Allscripts will help them continue to lead the market with the most advanced patient care and business systems available."
Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is a healthcare services company, based in Louisville, Kentucky, with annual revenues of over $4 billion and approximately 54,300 employees in 40 states. As of September 30, 2008, Kindred, through its subsidiaries, provided healthcare services in 658 locations, including 82 long-term acute care hospitals, 228 skilled nursing centers and a contract rehabilitation services business, Peoplefirst rehabilitation services, which served 348 non-affiliated facilities. Kindred's mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. For more information, go to http://www.kindredhealthcare.com.
Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) uses innovation technology to bring health to healthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000 post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the health of their patients and their bottom line. The company's award-winning solutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenue cycle management, practice management, document management, medication services, hospital care management, emergency department information systems and homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of AllscriptsMisys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit http://www.allscripts.com.
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