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7 Ways to Ensure Patients Comply with Physician Orders

About a year ago, we discussed a problem that many, if not all, physicians and providers have probably encountered at some point in their practice: why won’t patients take their meds? It’s a good read, but it’s since struck us that we maybe didn’t go far enough. After all, taking medication on a prescribed regimen is... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Discharge

The Goldilocks Protocol: Why the Right Bed is Critical for Discharge

Remember the story of Goldilocks? Here’s a quick refresher: girl is walking through the woods and stumbles upon three beds. One of the beds is too hard, the other is too soft, but finally, she finds a bed that’s “just right.” She later gets chased off by a family of bears. But we’re going to skip that part. Before her... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient Discharge

What We Know About Value-Based Care Under MACRA, MIPS and APMs

Post-Acute Provider Networks Will Be Key Focus for Physicians Under Value-Based Reimbursement “All alternative payment models and payment reforms that seek to deliver better care at lower cost share a common pathway for success: providers must make fundamental changes in their day-to-day operations that improve the... Read More

by Tony Tiefenthaler in Care Coordination, Value-Based Care

Top Stressors of Working Caregivers…And How Employers Can Help

As a New York Times article recently noted, the best healthcare insurance in the U.S. might be “daughter care.” That is: having a healthy daughter who can tend to your needs in older age. The Times article built upon research on dementia caregiving published in the journal JAMA Neurology, which said, “The best... Read More

by Lakelyn Hogan in Care Coordination, Care Givers

Home Again, Home Again — The Last Step in Recovery

Helen's Journey: Part III It’s an exciting day for Helen! After being in the hospital for surgery and spending time recovering in a post-acute facility, she is now ready to go home. Although thrilled with the prospect of returning to familiar comforts—especially sleeping in her own bed—she and her family are a little... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Care Coordination, Patient Discharge

Helen's Post-Acute Journey - Part II

The Next Step on the Journey to Recovery It’s Helen’s first day at the post-acute facility. As you may recall, she was discharged from the hospital to further recover from surgery. She and her family are extremely grateful the hospital medical team and discharge planners were able to use an automated discharge process... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination

Planning for Hospital Discharge

Part One of Helen's Post-Acute Journey From the moment Helen was admitted to the hospital for surgery, her care team including her doctor, case manager, nurses, family members, and post-acute facility are working together behind the scenes to prepare for a smooth transition once it is time for her to leave. To support... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Care Coordination

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

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