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Sonifi Health to Deliver OpenPlacement Care Transition Information

Sonifi Health to Deliver OpenPlacement Care Transition Information

By Justin Usher on November 8th, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA (Nov. 8, 2017) — SONIFI Health and OpenPlacement announced their partnership to make care transition easier for SONIFI Health customers using OpenPlacement’s Patient Choice platform. This partnership connects patients and care providers with the information they need to simplify the care transition process for all.

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Readmissions
Discharge Planning
Case Management
Discharge Planning: A Checklist For Hospitals and Other ACOS

Discharge Planning: A Checklist For Hospitals and Other ACOS

By Justin Usher on August 16th, 2016

Although the current hospital discharge planning process meets the needs of many inpatients released from the acute care setting, some discharges result in less-than-optimal outcomes for patients including complications and adverse events that lead to hospital readmissions. Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and patient complications presents an opportunity for improving the quality and safety of patient care while lowering health care costs.

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Bundled Payments
Expanding Bundled Payments: CMS Proposes New Bundled Payments Rule

Expanding Bundled Payments: CMS Proposes New Bundled Payments Rule

By Justin Usher on August 11th, 2016

Acute care hospitals in certain selected geographic areas will participate in retrospective episode payment models targeting care for medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries receiving services during acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft, and surgical hip/femur fracture treatment episodes. All related care within 90 days of hospital discharge will be included in the episode of care.

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Discharge Planning
Patient Choice
Utilizing Provider Networks While Respecting Patient Choice

Utilizing Provider Networks While Respecting Patient Choice

By Justin Usher on July 26th, 2016

Hospitals and ACOs are under increasing pressure from the new changes instituted by CMS and the Affordable Care Act's value-based purchasing initiatives to produce lower costs in the aim of providing better quality. They are increasingly responsible for the outcomes of patients not only under their care, but also under the care of Home Health Agencies (HHAs) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs).

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Bundled Payments
Patient Engagement
Patient Choice
Accommodating Patient Choice in Bundled Payment Initiatives

Accommodating Patient Choice in Bundled Payment Initiatives

By Justin Usher on July 12th, 2016

The hospital, as part of the discharge planning process, must inform the patient or the patient's family of their freedom to choose among participating Medicare providers of post hospital care services and must, when possible, respect patient and family preferences when they are expressed. The hospital must not specify or otherwise limit the qualified providers that are available to the patient.

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Discharge Planning
Case Management
Care Transition
Managing Post-Acute Risk: Key Strategies for Hospitals

Managing Post-Acute Risk: Key Strategies for Hospitals

By Justin Usher on July 7th, 2016

In 2013, the first cohorts participating in The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative entered into payment arrangements emphasizing  accountability, both financial and performance-based. These arrangements, championed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), were designed to provide for episodes of care in the aim of reducing costs to Medicare while improving the quality and coordination of patient care.

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medicare
CFAH
Do Seniors Want So Many Medicare Choices?

Do Seniors Want So Many Medicare Choices?

By Trudy Lieberman on November 10th, 2015

Seniors need more Medicare choices, or do they? The answer depends, of course, on who’s doing the asking. Republicans and others advocating a voucher plan for Medicare invoke the choice argument as the rationale for transforming Medicare from social insurance provided by the government to privatized arrangements between individuals and the marketplace. Under a voucher system, the government would give seniors and people who are disabled a fixed amount of money to buy insurance from private carriers much the way the rest of America does.

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OpenPlacement Resource Guide
Top Recruiters And Job Sites For Case Managers, Discharge Planners And Social Workers

Top Recruiters And Job Sites For Case Managers, Discharge Planners And Social Workers

By OpenPlacement on September 14th, 2015

Welcome to our first of what we hope to be an annual installment of the top recruiters and job sites in the US for Case Managers, Discharge Planners and Social Workers. As always we take into consideration  geographic coverage, clout in the community, specialization, and feedback from our community of Case Managers.  If you feel we have missed out on a great recruiter for Case Managers please let us know!

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Long-Term Care
Care Transition
Healthy Living Tips
Senior Living
Aging Population
55 Plus Communities for Seniors - How to Find the Best One

55 Plus Communities for Seniors - How to Find the Best One

By Christina Morales on April 22nd, 2015

Growing up I had two very different grandmothers: one was vivacious, played on her work softball team, traveled with seniors groups, and wouldn’t leave the house without a perfectly made up face and every hair in place. My other grandmother was the complete opposite; she always seemed frail, she had an intimate circle of a few friends, and her style was simple and unassuming. There is one common lesson that I learned from these two women… age is relative (no pun intended!). Let us explore some tips when look for 55 plus communities for seniors.

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Technology
Digital Health
Aging Population
Technology and Medicine: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

Technology and Medicine: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

By Christina Morales on April 9th, 2015

Last year my family was forced to change insurance companies. It was a terrible decision to make since we had been seeing our doctors for over 12 years and they knew all of our health issues and treatments. However, we couldn’t keep up with the $500 fee increases that happened in just two short years. All of that leads me to say that change isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes to technology and medicine.

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