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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

The IMPACT Act: Legislating Care Coordination

There is no question that cross-continuum care coordination is a good thing—the more various healthcare entities work together to deliver appropriate and timely interventions, the better off patients will be. That said, care coordination has often been viewed as a nice to have rather than a critical mandate. However,... Read More

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

3 Things You Can Do Now to Up Your HIPAA Compliance Game

No doubt, your organization has some sort of playbook in place to comply with the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), but with the field of privacy and security changing daily, new risks abound. Some are driving down midfield; some are lurking on the sidelines, for now. With more than a decade... Read More

by Randy Wobig in HIPAA

Three Ways Healthcare Can Get Its Interoperability Act Together

What were you doing in 2006? That’s when the American Health Information Management Association published an article on interoperability and noted that “Healthcare’s hottest topic finally has two things it has badly needed: plain language and a sense of urgency.” Ten years later and surely millions of pages of plain... Read More

by Patrick Yee in Healthcare IT, EHRs, Interoperability