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Posts by Jill Reeves, MHA

Home Again, Home Again — The Last Step in Recovery

Helen's Journey: Part III It’s an exciting day for Helen! After being in the hospital for surgery and spending time recovering in a post-acute facility, she is now ready to go home. Although thrilled with the prospect of returning to familiar comforts—especially sleeping in her own bed—she and her family are a little... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Care Coordination, Patient Discharge

Helen's Post-Acute Journey - Part II

The Next Step on the Journey to Recovery It’s Helen’s first day at the post-acute facility. As you may recall, she was discharged from the hospital to further recover from surgery. She and her family are extremely grateful the hospital medical team and discharge planners were able to use an automated discharge process... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination

Planning for Hospital Discharge

Part One of Helen's Post-Acute Journey From the moment Helen was admitted to the hospital for surgery, her care team including her doctor, case manager, nurses, family members, and post-acute facility are working together behind the scenes to prepare for a smooth transition once it is time for her to leave. To support... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Care Coordination

Monitoring Patients Post-Discharge: A Key Step in Reducing Readmissions

In the past, when hospitals discharged a patient to the next level of care—whether it was to a post-acute facility or directly home—they stopped monitoring the patient’s treatment, condition and outcomes—sending the individual to their next destination and moving on to the next patient in crisis. However, times have... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Cultivating Patient Engagement

It stands to reason that patients who engage in their care after hospital discharge are more likely to achieve favorable long-term health outcomes and prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions. Unfortunately, some patients are not as engaged as they could be. In fact, about half of medications are not taken as... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Patient and Family Engagement

Hard-to-Discharge is Now History

Although the discharge process is comprised of many moving parts, swiftly and safely transitioning patients out of the hospital does not have to be hard. Using robust care coordination technology, hospitals can seamlessly discharge patients—even the ones that are typically more difficult to transition. Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Post-acute Care, Care Transitions

Fostering Transparency

In recent years, the need for better communication and access to information across care settings has been a “hot button” topic in healthcare. In particular, being able to “follow” a patient after hospital discharge has become paramount due to health systems’ growing care coordination responsibilities and... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Care Coordination

Strengthening Post-Acute Networks

A strong network of facilities ready to receive a patient and seamlessly continue his or her care is a key element in transitioning patients out of the hospital and into the post-acute setting. Although large health systems often have capable networks based on the amount of patients they feed into these facilities,... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Post-acute Care

Streamlining Workflow

With the propagation of electronic health records (EHRs) and other technology-enabled solutions, healthcare organizations often use an array of systems to support their various clinical and administrative functions. Even when these disparate solutions are capable of “talking” with one another, they frequently have... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Care Coordination Software

Three Strategies for Improving Care Coordination

As hospitals and health systems increasingly take responsibility for patient outcomes post discharge, they are realizing the need for better care coordination after patients leave the hospital. Although there are many ways to take care coordination to the next level, here are three actions that are especially... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Care Coordination, Care Coordination Software