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

Ushering in the Next Generation of Care Coordination

The extent of a hospital’s reach is changing. As the industry shifts towards value-based care, hospitals and health systems must think beyond its walls and work to coordinate care across the continuum, so patients can smoothly transition to the next care setting—until they ultimately return to wellness. Until now,... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Care Coordination, Care Transitions

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

Realizing Optimal Outcomes in Care Transitions

June 13, 2016 - Health System Management Strategies that Aim to Facilitate Communication and Reliability Moving between care settings can be a risky proposition for patients. When transitions are poor, patients may experience delays in treatment, a lapse in care continuity and the omission of vital therapies.... Read More

by Wayne Sensor in Care Coordination, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Using Technology-enabled Care Coordination to Boost Quality Outcomes

June 6, 2016 - Becker's Hospital Review "Improve quality, optimize efficiency and reduce costs" is a mantra that healthcare organizations all over the country repeat as they aim to navigate new payment models on leaner budgets. To turn these goals into reality, forward-thinking hospitals and health systems are... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

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

Enhance Patient Satisfaction and Engagement Using Technology-enabled Care Coordination

May 24, 2016 - Becker's Hospital Review Hospitalized patients often experience a multitude of feelings—anxiety, fatigue and fear, not to mention possible pain. For those who require further treatment or recovery at post-acute facilities, a poor transition can heighten these feelings, adding stress to an already... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Strategies for Managing Post-Acute Risk: Key Steps for Hospitals

Published by Becker's Hospital Review Every day, hospitals assume more risk as they enter into payment arrangements that directly tie their reimbursements with care quality and cost containment. This is clearly apparent in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Healthcare Reform