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The Post-Acute Care Management Model You’ve Been Overlooking

It’s more important than ever that healthcare facilities keep track of patients’ health long after they leave the hospital. With reimbursement penalties tied to readmissions within the 30-day window, it’s in facilities’ (and patients’) best interest to ensure the optimum health of persons to one month and beyond. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in blog, Care Management, Patient and Family Engagement

Luis Castillo Talks Biometrics and Wearable Tech on InterviewsNOW

Recently, Ensocare CEO Luis Castillo joined Roberta Mullin on InterviewsNOW, a featured program of HealthcareNOW radio. During their wide-ranging discussion, they touch on, "how biometric information collected passively through wearable technology can play a key role in managing patients post-discharge. The discussion... Read More

by Ensocare in Patient and Family Engagement, Mobile Technology

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 Patient Discharge, Patient and Family Engagement, Care Coordination

Cultivating Patient Engagement

It stands to reason that patients who engage in their care after hospital discharge are more likely to achieve favorable long-term health outcomes and prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions. Unfortunately, some patients are not as engaged as they could be. In fact, about half of medications are not taken as... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Patient and Family Engagement

Empowering Patients to Engage and Follow Care Plans Post Discharge

As health care has evolved, the patient’s role in following his or her care plan after discharge has increased, and hospitals need to find ways to help patients help themselves. According to The Advisory Board Company’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey, 45 percent of hospital executives are interested in identifying... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Outcomes

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, Patient and Family Engagement, Reducing Readmissions, Care Transitions