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Speeding Up Discharge Communication with Post-Acute Providers in a Crisis

As hospital resources grow strained due to the influx of patients suffering from the coronavirus, it’s absolutely essential to keep length of stay reasonable. That doesn’t mean discharging patients earlier than would be medically sound, but it does require medical teams to assess patients on their individual... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Ensocare Transition, Patient Discharge, Case Management, blog

Case Management and Discharge Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The healthcare field is facing an unprecedented situation. As the coronavirus upends virtually every aspect of modern life, the world is relying on healthcare professionals to simultaneously protect infected COVID-19 patients, protect themselves, prevent the spread of the virus to other patients and the community at... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Ensocare Transition, Patient Discharge, Case Management, blog

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

The following is Part 4 in a series of blogs from the Advisory Board's Tomi Ogundimu. You can read Part 3 here and Part 5 here. 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... Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

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

The following is Part 3 in a series of blogs releasing in the coming months from the Advisory Board's Tomi Ogundimu. You can read Part 2 here and Part 4 here. Deploying your modern care management model successfully is contingent on two key areas: 1) Defining patient management priorities 2) Creating a process that... Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

Case Management in the ED: Why It’s More Important Than Ever

Common wisdom suggests, when a person comes to the Emergency Room, they do so because they need emergency care. It’s up to nurses, physicians and available specialists and staff to provide the appropriate treatment as quickly as possible, with follow-up care tended to after the fact. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Case Management, blog, Care Management

What Happens at CMSA 2019 Affects All of Healthcare

You all know the old adage: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But here’s a secret I’ll let you in on: That sentiment definitely does not hold true for CMSA. Not by a long shot. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Case Management, blog, Care Management

Defining Care Team Roles According to Population Needs: The Second Attribute in a Modern Care Management Model

Does care management design mean more “boots on the ground” are needed immediately—or not? Interestingly, many key transformation officers believe the answer to this question is a definitive “yes.” A few years ago, about 97 percent of health system leaders we surveyed were either already investing in or planning to... Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

Targeting Populations Prioritized by Risk Factors: The First Attribute in a Modern Care Management Model

Though every healthcare leader likely has a care management or case management resource today, our current resources were not designed for managing populations under risk-based contracts. In fact, they were mostly created under a fee-for-service system and, as a result, addressed only specific needs of an individual... Read More

by Tomi Ogundimu in Case Management, blog, Care Management

ACMA 2019: Reflecting on the Annual Transitions of Care Conference

I look forward to the national American Case Management Association (ACMA) National Conference every spring. This year, the ACMA celebrated its 20th anniversary in Seattle, Washington April 14-17, hosting four full days of education, networking and fun. Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Healthcare IT, Case Management, blog