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The State of Interoperability In Healthcare

Even as the healthcare information technology (IT) field has made strides to facilitate cooperation between EHRs (electronic health records), it’s become abundantly clear that we still have a way to go to achieve anything approaching complete and total interoperability. Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare Technology Solutions, Care Coordination Software, Interoperability

Ensocare Junior Web Developer Embraces Change

Chad White knows a thing or two about change. Not only did he become a parent to his daughter, Noelle, in the last couple years, the Ensocare Junior Web Developer also recently transitioned into a new career in the IT field. After spending more than a decade in graphic design and corporate sign production, Chad took a... Read More

by Kathy Sullivan in Healthcare IT, Employee Profile

Building a Narrow Network that Providers and Patients Will Love

We need to talk about narrow networks. With healthcare costs escalating, payers are looking into every possible avenue to ensure profitability. As a result, the idea of the narrow network has grown in popularity. Insurers no doubt want to steer their covered patients toward those facilities that strike the perfect... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Narrow Networks, Payers

7 Ways to Ensure Patients Comply with Physician Orders

About a year ago, we discussed a problem that many, if not all, physicians and providers have probably encountered at some point in their practice: why won’t patients take their meds? It’s a good read, but it’s since struck us that we maybe didn’t go far enough. After all, taking medication on a prescribed regimen is... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Discharge

In Charge of Patient Discharge? How to Get Time Back In Your Day

We’d all like to have more hours in the day, wouldn’t we? As a nurse myself, I get it. Seemingly every shift, something will crop up that throws your entire day into disarray. Whether it’s a genuine emergency, an unanticipated patient need or a directive handed down from the top at your organization, you’re going to... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Care Transitions, Patient Discharge

How to Give Your Patients EHR Access on Day of Discharge

Did you feel a chill go up your spine a couple weeks back? It may have been due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolling out a new proposed rule for the 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) that has big ramifications for healthcare organizations around the country. Read More

by Justine Olsen in Care Transitions, Patient Discharge, Interoperability

ACMA 2018: Everything is Bigger in Texas

Big case management problems call for bigger disruptive technologies to solve them. There were so many things about ACMA 2018 (the annual conference of the American Case Management Association held April 24-27 in Houston, Texas) that surprised me. This isn’t my first conference rodeo, I may add. I couldn’t begin to... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Transitions, Case Management

Meet Matt Smith, Ensocare’s New Vice President of Sales

"I am here because I believe that what Ensocare delivers really matters. It's a source of pride for its employees and makes a daily difference in the lives of customers, patients, caregivers and providers across the country. I could not be any more excited and honored to be given the opportunity to join this great... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Employee Profile

Health IT Is On FHIR: Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources For Beginners

The health IT industry has been buzzing about FHIR (or fast healthcare interoperability resources -- pronounced “fire”) since it was introduced by Health Level Seven (HL7) as a proposed interoperability standard. HL7 is a not-for-profit organization that has been developing ANSI-accredited standards for hospital... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare Technology Solutions, Care Coordination Software, Interoperability

The Goldilocks Protocol: Why the Right Bed is Critical for Discharge

Remember the story of Goldilocks? Here’s a quick refresher: girl is walking through the woods and stumbles upon three beds. One of the beds is too hard, the other is too soft, but finally, she finds a bed that’s “just right.” She later gets chased off by a family of bears. But we’re going to skip that part. Before her... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient Discharge