Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Impact the Big Four: Revenue, Care Quality, Patient Satisfaction and Post-Acute Care

Driving to a medical appointment to receive care is a fundamental part of life. But for 3.6 million people who miss or delay medical appointments or medication use every year due to transportation barriers, they can instead look forward to health complications, bad outcomes and rising medical debt. The consequences... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination

The 6 Keys to Post-Acute Care Coordination

Many hospitals and health systems are developing preferred post-acute care networks to improve patient outcomes by collaborating with high-quality skilled nursing facilities, to participate in shared-savings arrangements such as accountable care organizations or Medicare or Medicaid Advantage bundled or capitated... Read More

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA in Care Coordination

Bundled Payment May be Waning, but the Need for Care Coordination is Not

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) released its final rule, which dramatically changes bundled payment requirements for many organizations. The rule cancels the hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models that were set to launch on Jan. 1, 2018, as well as diminishes the Comprehensive... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Care Coordination, Bundled Payments, Value-Based Care

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

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