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What CMS’s Final Rule on Patient Data Sharing Means for You and Your Post-Acute Network

Addressing Quality and Resource Use Data During Patient Discharge On November 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will finalize a rule meant to ensure appropriate data is provided to patients and their families when they’re making their decision about a post-acute care (PAC) provider. Read More

by Karen Underwood in Post-acute Care, Patient Discharge, blog

How to Narrow Your Post-Acute Care Network – And Why It’s So Important

In 2019, Leavitt Partners released a White Paper with a title that should be eye-opening to any caregiver: “No Evidence That ACO-Affiliated Hospitals Are Narrowing Their PAC Networks” That’s not good, guys! The whole point of the narrow post-acute care (PAC) network is to identify, based on data, post-acute facilities... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Narrow Networks, blog

CMS Issues Final Rule for 2020 Payment Models: What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their long-awaited final rule for hospitals that fall under certain payment models in Fiscal Year 2020, and it’s a doozy. Released at the beginning of August 2019, there’s a lot of information to sort through, and CMS has been kind enough to issue a summary... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Value-based payment models, Reducing Readmissions, blog, reimbursement

Patient Care Management Standards for Outreach and Graduation: The Fifth Attribute in a Modern Care Management Model

To understand how their organization enrolls and conducts outreach to patients entering a care management program, care coordinators often find themselves questioning procedures: What is our process to enroll our patients? How do I get them activated in their care? How do I persuade them to willingly work with us?... Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

Clear Patient Assignment Methodology: The Fourth Attribute in a Modern Care Management Model

Typically, a healthcare organization’s rationale for stratifying the distinct segments of its patient population is closely associated with its modern care management model’s patient assignment decision-making. But whatever the risk stratification option used to determine specific populations, the resulting patient... Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

Wishing Coleen Seymour One Last ‘Good Morning’ As She Retires From Ensocare

When talking to Ensocare team members about Coleen Seymour, Ensocare Customer Support Specialist, one thing became abundantly clear: as the first one in the office, the enthusiasm she brings to her job and the greetings she gives her coworkers even in the early hours mean the world to the people she works with. Read More

by Marc Costanzo in Healthcare IT, Employee Profile, blog

How to Prevent (and Handle) a Healthcare Cybersecurity Incident

Cybersecurity is at the very top of the list of non-healthcare topics that healthcare workers, even those in clinical and patient-facing roles, must contend with. Read More

by Patrick Yee in Healthcare IT, Cybersecurity, blog

How to Axe the Fax By 2020

Almost a year ago, CMS Administrator Seema Verma called upon apps developers to put an end to faxing in doctors’ offices by 2020. It was a bold statement, one that debuted to applause at the time but that nevertheless left everyone who heard it thinking about the many challenges that lie ahead in order to make this... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Transitions, Healthcare IT, blog

Deploying a Model that Maximizes Staff Time and Patient Management: The Third Attribute in a Modern Care Management Model

Deploying your modern care management model successfully is contingent on two key areas: 1) Defining patient management priorities 2) Creating a process that maximizes care team members’ assignments and time. Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

Welcome to the New Ensocare

You may have noticed a few changes around the Ensocare website in the last couple months. That’s because we’ve been working hard to ensure we’re doing everything we can to help healthcare organizations manage the growing numbers of patients with complex care needs and keep focus on providing the best patient... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Healthcare IT, Ensocare News, blog