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Improving and Innovating Your Care Management Processes

In early August 2018, Ensocare hosted a webinar entitled “Getting The Most Out of Your Care Management Model.” In it, Tomi Ogundimu of the Advisory Board discussed modern best practices for care management models, areas for potential improvement and specific examples of hospital systems and the steps they’ve taken to... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Patient Discharge, Care Management, Care Planning

Managing Risk During and After Patient Discharge

No matter who your patient is, there’s no way to avoid a certain degree of risk. If there were, preventing readmissions would be a much easier prospect. Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Transitions, Patient Discharge, Risk Stratification

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

In Charge of Patient Discharge? How to Get Time Back In Your Day

We’d all like to have more hours in the day, wouldn’t we? As a nurse myself, I get it. Seemingly every shift, something will crop up that throws your entire day into disarray. Whether it’s a genuine emergency, an unanticipated patient need or a directive handed down from the top at your organization, you’re going to... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Transitions, Patient Discharge, Post-acute Care

How to Give Your Patients EHR Access on Day of Discharge

Did you feel a chill go up your spine a couple weeks back? It may have been due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolling out a new proposed rule for the 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) that has big ramifications for healthcare organizations around the country. Read More

by Justine Olsen in Care Transitions, Patient Discharge, Interoperability

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 Patient Discharge, Care Coordination

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