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New App Makes Electronic Care Plan Tracking Possible

GPS for Post-Acute Care? Sync and Connect Reshape Patient Interactions Imagine taking off on a cross country road trip with your destination in mind. Now imagine not conducting research to figure out what routes you need to take to get there or how long you’ll need to be on the road. Read More

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

Helen's Post-Acute Journey - Part II

The Next Step on the Journey to Recovery It’s Helen’s first day at the post-acute facility. As you may recall, she was discharged from the hospital to further recover from surgery. She and her family are extremely grateful the hospital medical team and discharge planners were able to use an automated discharge process... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Post-acute Care, Care Coordination

Hard-to-Discharge is Now History

Although the discharge process is comprised of many moving parts, swiftly and safely transitioning patients out of the hospital does not have to be hard. Using robust care coordination technology, hospitals can seamlessly discharge patients—even the ones that are typically more difficult to transition. Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Post-acute Care, Care Transitions

Strengthening Post-Acute Networks

A strong network of facilities ready to receive a patient and seamlessly continue his or her care is a key element in transitioning patients out of the hospital and into the post-acute setting. Although large health systems often have capable networks based on the amount of patients they feed into these facilities,... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Post-acute Care

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

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