Home Care’s Increased Role During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The path to recovery from COVID-19 can be long and difficult, made even more so when patients are forced by lack of post-acute capacity and other extenuating circumstances to stay within the hospital for longer than is clinically necessary. That’s where, in select cases, discharge to the home can play a prominent... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in blog, home health, Transitions of Care, COVID-19

Manual Care Transitions Are Having a Bigger Financial Impact Than You Might Think

I’ve traveled to numerous hospitals and conferences to talk to healthcare professionals about the need to have efficient, patient-centric care transitions. What I’ve discovered is just how many people are surprised by the significant financial impact that results from inefficient patient discharge. But those lengthy... Read More

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

Redefining Clinical Integration: Leveraging Performance Improvement Work to Improve Coordination Across Care Settings

As an observer of trends in healthcare delivery, “value-based care” has represented a ubiquitous theme of the 2000s. While on-going debate exists regarding the cost savings and quality improvement actually realized by value-based care initiatives like CMS’ variety of episode-based bundled payment programs, it is clear... Read More

by Justine Olsen in Value-Based Care, blog, Transitions of Care, Performance Improvement