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What CMS’s Final Rule on Patient Data Sharing Means for You and Your Post-Acute Network

Addressing Quality and Resource Use Data During Patient Discharge On November 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will finalize a rule meant to ensure appropriate data is provided to patients and their families when they’re making their decision about a post-acute care (PAC) provider. Read More

by Karen Underwood in Post-acute Care, Patient Discharge, blog

How to Narrow Your Post-Acute Care Network – And Why It’s So Important

In 2019, Leavitt Partners released a White Paper with a title that should be eye-opening to any caregiver: “No Evidence That ACO-Affiliated Hospitals Are Narrowing Their PAC Networks” That’s not good, guys! The whole point of the narrow post-acute care (PAC) network is to identify, based on data, post-acute facilities... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Narrow Networks, blog

What Embedded Apps Mean for Your EHR Software

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Kansas City for the annual Cerner Health Conference, which brings together health IT experts, case managers, hospital executives and plenty of other healthcare leaders to learn about the latest advances in the Cerner EHR environment. I relish this chance to talk to... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare IT, Interoperability, Cerner

Patient Transport Delays? Technology Holds the Answer

As healthcare has evolved, the logistics surrounding patient care have gotten exponentially more complicated. That’s partially because, thanks to the evolution of payment schedules that penalize providers if their patients are readmitted 30, 60 or even 90 days beyond the initial date of discharge, hospitals are... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare IT, Transportation

CMS Issues Final Rule for 2020 Payment Models: What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their long-awaited final rule for hospitals that fall under certain payment models in Fiscal Year 2020, and it’s a doozy. Released at the beginning of August 2019, there’s a lot of information to sort through, and CMS has been kind enough to issue a summary... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Value-based payment models, Reducing Readmissions, blog, reimbursement

Patient Care Management Standards for Outreach and Graduation: The Fifth Attribute in a Modern Care Management Model

To understand how their organization enrolls and conducts outreach to patients entering a care management program, care coordinators often find themselves questioning procedures: What is our process to enroll our patients? How do I get them activated in their care? How do I persuade them to willingly work with us?... Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

Clear Patient Assignment Methodology: The Fourth Attribute in a Modern Care Management Model

Typically, a healthcare organization’s rationale for stratifying the distinct segments of its patient population is closely associated with its modern care management model’s patient assignment decision-making. But whatever the risk stratification option used to determine specific populations, the resulting patient... Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

Wishing Coleen Seymour One Last ‘Good Morning’ As She Retires From Ensocare

When talking to Ensocare team members about Coleen Seymour, Ensocare Customer Support Specialist, one thing became abundantly clear: as the first one in the office, the enthusiasm she brings to her job and the greetings she gives her coworkers even in the early hours mean the world to the people she works with. Read More

by Marc Costanzo in Healthcare IT, Employee Profile, blog

Venmo For Health Data? What You Need To Know About PHI Portability

Health data belongs to the patient. That message has been made abundantly clear by the current administration. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Administrator Seema Verma have set out to reclaim patient data from hospitals, payers, software vendors and anyone else who might otherwise come across... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare IT

How to Prevent (and Handle) a Healthcare Cybersecurity Incident

Cybersecurity is at the very top of the list of non-healthcare topics that healthcare workers, even those in clinical and patient-facing roles, must contend with. Read More

by Patrick Yee in Healthcare IT, Cybersecurity, blog