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Posts by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA

New App Makes Electronic Care Plan Tracking Possible

GPS for Post-Acute Care? Sync and Connect Reshape Patient Interactions Imagine taking off on a cross country road trip with your destination in mind. Now imagine not conducting research to figure out what routes you need to take to get there or how long you’ll need to be on the road. Read More

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

Technology Lessons from ACMA

From my own experience, I know first-hand that tracking patients post-discharge is an incredible challenge given the sheer size and scope of the effort. Hospitals release hundreds of patients each day, and communicating with them can be challenging. Many hospitals have begun to focus on those patients who are at... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Elevating Communication During Care Transitions

I'd like to share an article by Dr. Mark Kestner at Community Regional Medical Center, an Ensocare hospital client. June 20, 2016 - Health System Management The Effects of Consistent, Reliable Care Transitions on Clinical Care and Financial Outcomes Care transitions—especially those that involve moving a patient from... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Care Transitions

IMPACT Act Brings Post-Acute Care Transitions to the Forefront

Through the use of standardized quality measures and standardized data, the intent of the IMPACT Act, among other obligations, is to enable interoperability and access to longitudinal information for such providers to facilitate coordinated care, improved outcomes, and overall quality comparisons. Quality Measure... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Healthcare IT

Empowering Patients to Engage and Follow Care Plans Post Discharge

As health care has evolved, the patient’s role in following his or her care plan after discharge has increased, and hospitals need to find ways to help patients help themselves. According to The Advisory Board Company’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey, 45 percent of hospital executives are interested in identifying... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Outcomes

Leveraging Technology to Reduce Hospitals’ Growing Financial Risk

The reality of reform is harsh. In 2015, 2,592 hospitals were penalized to the tune of $420 million dollars for patient readmissions. To attack the readmission challenges that hospitals face, you must first understand and solve the discharge challenges. The point at which the patient transitions from the hospital to... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Transitions, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Part II: Four Steps to Maintain Patient Engagement after Discharge

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part blog series. Read the first blog here. In my blog last week, I talked about the fact that engaging patients in their care is essential to care quality, increasing patient satisfaction and achieving positive patient outcomes. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Satisfaction

Part I: Four Steps to Maintain Patient Engagement after Discharge

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part blog series. Read the second blog here. It's no secret that engaging patients in their care is essential to care quality, increasing patient satisfaction and, ultimately, achieving positive patient outcomes. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Reducing Readmissions