Industry News

CMS delays rule to improve home health agency care

Home health agencies are getting an additional six months to prepare for a new CMS rule aimed at improving quality and patient care. The rule, first proposed by the Obama administration, required new training for staff and administrators and more coordination of care. Industry stakeholders asked the CMS for more time... Read More

by Ensocare in Care Coordination

Cerner CEO Neal Patterson Dies from Cancer at Age 67

Neal Patterson, co-founder of Cerner, died Sunday, July 9. We join the many in the health IT industry who mourn his loss and offer our respect and sympathy to his family and colleagues. Read More

by Ensocare

Value-Based Care and MACRA will be Major Drivers of Change

According to Christopher Cheney at HealthLeaders Media, Medicare's reimbursement system for physicians is emerging as a major driver of change in the healthcare industry. The long journey to establish value-based healthcare business models has taken a giant leap forward this year. The rollout of the Medicare Access... Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Healthcare Reform

Best Children's Hospital 2017-2018 Includes Ensocare Clients

Three of Ensocare’s client hospitals are listed in the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings: #1 Boston Children’s Hospital; #6 Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and #10 Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Patient and Family Engagement

VA Selects Cerner EHR Technology

Providing better care for veterans and their families is closer to reality today with the VA's selection of Cerner Corporation's EHR technology. Read More

by Jill Reeves, MHA in Interoperability, VA Hospitals

Patient Engagement, Population Health, Consumerism Top CEO Concerns

Healthcare leaders are focused on the potentially conflicting market forces as rising consumer expectations and care transformation are reshaping the industry, according to the Advisory Board Company. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement

CMS Proposes Overhaul to Discharge Planning, Requires Follow-up Procedures

Under the proposed rule, hospitals and critical access hospitals are required to develop a discharge plan within 24 hours of admission. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Care Transitions, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Reducing Readmissions

Half of Nation's Hospitals Fail Again to Escape Medicare's Readmission Penalties

Once again, the majority of the nation’s hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge — this time losing a combined $420 million, government records show. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Post-acute Care, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Reducing Readmissions

Readmissions Was So Yesterday

Yesterday. No, not a Beatles song. With two-thirds of the nation's hospitals at risk of a Medicare pay cut under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, the time to improve post-discharge planning and care coordination was yesterday. Read More

by Tana Phelps in Post-acute Care, Medicare Readmission Penalties, Reducing Readmissions

How Cedars-Sinai Made SNFs its Readmissions Reduction Partner

Approximately 20% of Medicare discharges from acute care hospitals are referred to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), making coordination protocals with SNFs and other post-acute providers an imperative to avoid readmissions and lower total cost of care. Read More

by Tana Phelps