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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

What CMS’s Final Rule on Patient Data Sharing Means for You and Your Post-Acute Network

On November 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will finalize a rule meant to ensure appropriate data is provided to patients and their families when they’re making their decision about a post-acute care (PAC) provider. Read More

by Karen Underwood in Post-acute Care, Patient Discharge, blog

California Law Sparks Renewed Look at Post-Acute Care Challenges for the Homeless

The majority of patients take for granted that they’ll be discharged either back home or to a post-acute facility capable of meeting their needs. But perhaps no patients prove as great of a challenge as homeless patients who don’t have anywhere to go after their hospitalization or care episode ends. With this patient... Read More

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

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 Planning, Care Management

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, Risk Stratification, Patient Discharge

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

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 Post-acute Care, Care Transitions, Patient Discharge

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 Care Coordination, Patient Discharge