Home Care’s Increased Role During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The path to recovery from COVID-19 can be long and difficult, made even more so when patients are forced by lack of post-acute capacity and other extenuating circumstances to stay within the hospital for longer than is clinically necessary. That’s where, in select cases, discharge to the home can play a prominent... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in blog, home health, Transitions of Care, COVID-19

Manual Care Transitions Are Having a Bigger Financial Impact Than You Might Think

I’ve traveled to numerous hospitals and conferences to talk to healthcare professionals about the need to have efficient, patient-centric care transitions. What I’ve discovered is just how many people are surprised by the significant financial impact that results from inefficient patient discharge. But those lengthy... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Patient Discharge, blog, Transitions of Care

Interoperability Rules Are Delayed: Why That’s Good News And Bad News

In April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they would delay the enforcement of its Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rules until 2021. This is a good news/bad news scenario for healthcare providers and the health IT professionals who support their clinical workflows. The good... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Interoperability, blog, COVID-19

Ready, Set, STOP! How to Discharge Difficult-to-Place COVID Patients

It’s happened to all of us in the case management field. You have a patient who’s ready to take the next step in their recovery. Their acute stay is complete, they’ve selected their preferred post-acute facilities, and you’ve begun the process of communicating with those providers to determine if they have the... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Patient Discharge, blog, COVID-19

Using NEMT to Solve for COVID-Related Obstacles

Hospitals face a wide array of challenges in their quest to take care of COVID-19 patients. And while these difficulties have been covered ad nauseum across all manner of healthcare publications, there’s one topic I haven’t seen covered to such a wide degree. This is despite its impact on patient care, patient... Read More

by Luis Castillo in blog, Transportation, COVID-19

What Does “The New Normal” Look Like for Acute Care?

Hospitals around the country have reached what one might consider an uneasy stabilization in regard to the influx of COVID-19 cases. For the most part, the United States has been able to avoid the widespread resource strain that was feared back in March, and most facilities have been able to delineate areas of the... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Hospital Culture, blog, Care Management

Using Transportation to Reduce Patient Readmission Risk

The current crisis has made it more important than ever for hospitals to pay close attention to what happens beyond their four walls. You’re seeing this in conversations surrounding the discharge process, post-acute case management and digital care plans. Hospitals must work to establish a set of appropriate criteria... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Reducing Readmissions, blog, Transportation

Interoperability, CoP, Reimbursement 2020 Rule Changes: What They Mean for You

The unprecedented onslaught of COVID-19 and the strain it’s put on the medical system have caused providers to take their own unprecedented steps to combat the virus. In light of that, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have shown a willingness to adjust their own rules to accommodate the... Read More

by Justine Olsen in Interoperability, blog, reimbursement

Transitioning to a Remote Discharge Planning and Case Management Workforce

Doing so is possible, but it requires careful planning and specific infrastructure needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused everyone in the healthcare field to rethink previous policies and consider new ways of doing things. Some of these may be temporary adjustments that help get us through the crisis, while other,... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Ensocare Transition, Patient Discharge, Case Management, blog

New Feature Lets Users Instantly See if a PAC Provider Accepts COVID-19 Patients

The Ensocare Transition software that case managers and nurses use to quickly and seamlessly place patients in a post-acute setting now contains a feature that will let you instantly see whether or not a post-acute provider is accepting COVID-19 patients. This feature is available now for all Ensocare Transition users. Read More

by Karen Underwood in Post-acute Care, Ensocare Transition, blog