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July 2013

5 of the Biggest Discharge Dilemmas: Barriers to Effective Case Planning Christy Rakoczy

July 11th, 2013 | 3

BarriersDischarge2Deciding on the proper time to discharge a patient can be a difficult decision and is impacted by a variety of factors. Poor decisions about discharging a patient can result in risk to the patient’s health and later readmission for a recurrence or development of a secondary condition. Defining the obstacles to effective discharge practices can help providers to improve processes resulting in better patient care and fewer incidences of patient readmissions.

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5 Apps to Facilitate Health Care Transitions (Guest Post) Marcela De Vivo

July 5th, 2013 | 1

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When I was 36 weeks pregnant, a routine ultrasound landed us at the office of a perinatologist, who proceeded to tell us that our unborn baby had a severe brain malformation that was incompatible with life.  He explained that there was a 1 in 20 million chance that our child would survive past 1 year old.

My son, Nathan, will soon turn 7 years old.  He is our miracle child.  He defied all expectations, and is a happy little boy who loves the world.  Unfortunately, the brain malformation has caused a myriad of medical problems, from respiratory to immune to orthopedic issues.

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Silicon Valley Boomer Summit Recap Fiahna Cabana

July 2nd, 2013 | 0

Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 2.36.28 PMThe 2013 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit held at Santa Clara University on Wednesday brought together big names in healthcare and venture capital for an event that captured innovative products and services along with cutting-edge technology for the aging community. In addition, the program was designed to guide entrepreneurs to think through a business.

The boomer summit, now in its 10th year, has allowed for a hub of investors, entrepreneurs and companies creating technology to ease the burden and worry that comes along with aging. With new technologies now available to elderly customers, seniors can age more comfortably, live longer and age much more independently with a richer quality of life.

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It’s Medicare Versus Medical Supplier in Controlling Costs Trudy Lieberman

July 1st, 2013 | 0

On July 1, MeCFAHdicare begins a second round of competitive bidding for medical equipment and supplies, such as diabetes testing strips that beneficiaries use to check their blood sugar levels. There’s nothing remarkable about any of this except that the industry is fighting to make sure that competitive bidding does not happen.

This fight is emblematic of the difficulty Medicare has containing costs when the profits of sellers of medical goods and services are at stake. As we know, one person’s savings is often the loss of another’s income. We also know that industry folks squawk mighty loudly to Congress when their income is threatened.

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Infusing Technology into Discharge Planning Gabby Mujal

July 1st, 2013 | 0

twchatLast Thursday’s #dpcomm integrated insightful questions and comments by @OpenPlacement and social worker @EBelluomini. The chat examined the intersection between technology and discharge planning and ways for the two may be inextricably and successfully linked.

@EBelluomini offered websites, apps, and tools available for both discharge case managers and patients. Patients with dialysis, for example, may explore this link. This app combines engaging activities for patients to use while receiving dialysis treatments. iTunes also offers an app known as COPD Tracker to help patients manage their health condition. Another tool mentioned by Ellen was Central Logic Connect, a patient discharge software that allows a case manager to follow up with patients at home and offers discharge recommendations. You may find more information here.

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