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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

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

Solving Healthcare for the Sandwich Generation

If only the decisions facing the Sandwich Generation were as simple as “do you want mayo or mustard on that?” Instead, millions between the ages of 40 and 59 are finding that their lives are wedged tightly between the hard choices associated with taking care of elderly parents and supporting both their minor and grown... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination, Healthcare IT, Care Givers

EHRs Don't Go Far Enough: It's Time to Put the Whole Patient into the Equation

Many believed the electronic health record (EHR) would be the panacea to managing patient medical information. While these systems have many merits, the extent of data sharing capability necessary to ensure continuity of care isn't among them. In fact, EHRs were never designed with interoperability in mind. So, what... Read More

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

Using Your Post-Acute Network to Reduce Readmission Penalties: An ANI Sneak Preview

Last year, two-thirds of eligible hospitals felt the blow of readmission penalties, which totaled $227 million, according to the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Since CMS announced it would enforce these regulations, hospitals have been searching for effective strategies to address the complicated factors... Read More

by Wayne Sensor in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Healthcare Reform, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Ensocare News

Reducing Readmissions: A Better Way

Did you know that nearly 80 percent of serious medical errors involve miscommunication during patient transfers? Doesn’t that illustrate the need for accurate and timely information exchange in discharge planning? There’s got to be a better way—one that benefits patients and providers. Hospitals are employing... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Reducing Readmissions

Part II: Four Steps to Maintain Patient Engagement after Discharge

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part blog series. Read the first blog here. In my blog last week, I talked about the fact that engaging patients in their care is essential to care quality, increasing patient satisfaction and achieving positive patient outcomes. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Satisfaction

Part I: Four Steps to Maintain Patient Engagement after Discharge

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part blog series. Read the second blog here. It's no secret that engaging patients in their care is essential to care quality, increasing patient satisfaction and, ultimately, achieving positive patient outcomes. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination, Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Reducing Readmissions