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Optimizing Care Transitions

Managing a patient’s departure from the hospital to a post-acute setting can be time consuming for hospital discharge planners and care management staff. Unless the patient already has an arrangement with a specific facility, patient placement typically involves a lot of back-and-forth communications that quickly... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination

Mobile Solutions: Helping Save Staff Critical Time

Historically, hospital discharge has not been overly efficient. Up to this point, staff have been buried in manual processes, causing them to lose precious time. For example, numerous phone calls and back-and-forth communications between hospitals and post-acute providers swallow critical minutes as staff in both... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination, Mobile Technology

The Three C's of Cross-Continuum Care Coordination

There has never been a better time to shore up care coordination across the continuum. Emerging value-based payment opportunities along with penalties directed at hospitals for unnecessary readmissions are prompting healthcare organizations of all sizes to find ways to improve quality, reduce costs and prevent return... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination

Closing Communication Gaps to Enable Value-driven Care

As patients progress through various care settings on the road to recovery there are often gaps in communication between healthcare providers. Despite the best intentions of care providers, the transition process remains predominantly manual with inefficient phone calls, faxes and the exchange of paper-based records.... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare Reform, Value-based payment models, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Unlocking Time: Using Technology To Improve Efficiency

Time is a precious commodity in healthcare, and it seems to be dwindling as healthcare staff are asked to take on more responsibilities and sustain high quality care with fewer resources. Yet many care givers spend much of their time on non-value-added tasks such as making phone calls, searching for equipment, and... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Healthcare IT, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Leveraging Technology to Overcome Care Coordination Hurdles

December 13, 2016 - Becker's Health IT & CIO Review By Luis Castillo, President and CEO of Ensocare Hospitals and health systems are starting to recognize the value in coordinating care after patient discharge. The more these entities are able to communicate and collaborate with post-acute providers, patients,... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination, Healthcare IT

Optimizing Care Transitions: A Key Strategy for Reducing Readmissions

December 8, 2016 - Health System Management By Mary Kay Thalken, Chief Clinical Officer The following sections offer a roadmap of how to re-envision care transitions to increase their reliability and mitigate risk. Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) withheld a collective $420 million in... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination

Three ways technology can lead to bundled payment success

November 4, 2016 - Managed Healthcare Executive By Luis Castillo, President and CEO of Ensocare As organizations embrace value-based care, they are beginning to appreciate the importance of robust care coordination. The more providers collaborate and communicate, the more likely patients are to receive appropriate,... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination, Healthcare Reform, Healthcare IT

Rethinking Discharge Communication

October 31, 2016 - Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses Six Ways Nurses Create a Smoother Transition to the Next Phase of Care By Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer of Ensocare Communication errors are the number one cause of adverse events in hospitals, according to the Joint Commission, and times of... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient Discharge

Better Care Transitions Yield Better Outcomes

October 31, 2016 - HIT Leaders & News By Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer of Ensocare Healthcare organizations have long struggled with care transitions, especially when moving complex patients who require multifaceted care from acute settings to a post-acute environment. These transitions are often... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient Discharge