We expect numerous Ensocare customer hospitals to be impacted by the new rule. However, for the vast majority of organizations, we do not expect this to lead to a complete overhaul of current policy regarding patient steerage and post-acute care selection, especially if you’re a current Ensocare Choice customer. Remember, Ensocare Choice will enable you to:
Provide relevant PAC data to patients
Present and compare PAC facilities with the patient
Document the patient’s choice of PAC provider
Stay compliant with CMS’s Final Rule
Here are the top-level takeaways from the new rule that case managers, discharge specialists, and hospital policymakers need to know:
Applicable PAC facilities that hospitals should be sharing data about include:
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Long-term Care Hospitals
Home Health Agencies
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
Best efforts must be made to share data from all facilities providing post-acute care that a patient could be expected to check into. This might also include such non-healthcare entities as group homes, shelters, subsidized housing and more.
What Data Should I Be Sharing with Patients?
Relevant Types of Data Include:
Major Fall Incidents
There are more data sets you can find on the CMS Website. Medicare provides a great resource on applicable data and comparisons via their web portals:
As Executive Director of Product Development, Karen Underwood is responsible for the company’s product strategy and ensuring the product portfolio exceeds customer expectations. With more than 20 years of software and product management experience, Karen leads the product management and development teams.
Karen is a graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also has certifications from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Pragmatic Institute for Product Management and Marketing.