Insights

Easing bundled payment requirements: A chance to accelerate value-based care

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule addressing bundled payment programs that have been, or are going to be, implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (The CMS Innovation Center)—a department established by the Affordable Care Act to serve as a... Read More

by Kyle Salem, Ph.D. in Value-based payment models, Bundled Payments

Best of Breed vs Legacy Systems: Is One Better than the Other?

The question of whether a healthcare organization should use a best-of-breed approach to health information technology or convert to a fully-integrated solution is a tricky one—and something hospitals and health systems have wrestled with for a long time. As interoperability between systems is crucial, it often... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination, Healthcare Technology Solutions

Optimized Patient Discharge Yields Better Outcomes

A prolonged stay in the hospital after a patient has already been cleared for discharge is a risky time. According to a recent peer-reviewed study, the likelihood of serious infection—urinary tract infection, pneumonia or sepsis—increases dramatically the longer a patient remains in the hospital unnecessarily. What’s... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination, Patient Outcomes, Mobile Technology

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

Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) withheld a collective $420 million in reimbursements from half of the nation’s hospitals due to readmission penalties. Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination