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DISCHARGE PLANNING: A CHECKLIST FOR HOSPITALS AND OTHER ACOS Justin Usher

August 16th, 2016 | 0

checklist-300x199Although 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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Utilizing Provider Networks While Respecting Patient Choice Justin Usher

July 26th, 2016 | 0

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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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Managing Post-Acute Risk: Key Strategies for Hospitals Justin Usher

July 7th, 2016 | 0

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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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Transitioning from a Hospital or Nursing Home to In Home Care Christina Morales

March 26th, 2015 | 0

Transitioning from a Hospital or Nursing Home to In Home CareIt’s a big misconception that seniors enter a nursing home only as a final stage in the medical care process. In fact, Medicare reports that 9 percent of nursing home patients are those needing acute rehabilitation and they have an average stay time of 23 days. However, approximately 43 percent of people over the age of 65 are likely to spend time in a nursing home. Of these patients, 24 percent will be there less than one year. Finally, the average length of stay for those patients who are able to be discharged is 272 days, or approximately nine months.

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This Nursing Home Is Not Working Out – How to Move into Another One? Christina Morales

January 13th, 2015 | 1

nursing home is not working outYikes! You researched, you packed, you’ve spent time making sure that your loved one is okay, and now you realize that this nursing home is not working out. Maybe it’s too far away for you to visit or you didn’t realize that certain services were an additional charge. Whatever your reasons may be, how do you switch from one nursing home to another?

If it’s a problem with care or service, I would recommend talking to the caregiver or nurse that is in contact most with the patient. In a non-confrontational way you could ask, “Mom doesn’t seem to be happy. Is there anything I can do or should know about to help make her stay here more comfortable?” If there is a care problem, you may question, “I’ve noticed mom’s bandages haven’t been changed today. Is there a reason for that?” You attract more flies with honey, and the staff will be more open to helping if you aren’t accusatory.

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Hospital to Home Transition – How to smoothly navigate successfully and safely back home… Greg Hartwell

November 13th, 2014 | 1

Hospital to Home Transition“Be Prepared”. It’s the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. But its good advice for family members whose senior loved ones who have been admitted to the hospital.

A hospital admission is stressful for everyone – patient and family. And while you are understandably concerning yourself with the care and recovery of your loved one, a hospital discharge planner starts the discharge planning process the moment you are admitted. Indeed, there is barely time to catch one’s breath before they are pushing you out to the door.

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Improving The Patient Experience in the Hospital Dan Trigub

October 9th, 2014 | 0

Improving The Patient Experience in the HospitalIn May of 2014 a patient by the name of Mr. Hill was introduced to OpenPlacement during his pre-operative visit.  With the help of OpenPlacement and a world class Hospital Case Management team, Mr. Hill was able to learn about care after hospitalization, inform himself about post-acute providers and eventually transition successfully from hospital bed to a top notch care facility.  We recently sat down with Mr. Hill to discuss his experience.

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Senior Living Home Comparison Guide – 10 Must Do Tips Christina Morales

September 3rd, 2014 | 0

Senior LivingLooking for a senior living home is never easy. Whether you are a child looking for somewhere safe and capable to take care of your aging parent or if you are looking to find a residence for a new chapter in your own life, the process can be complicated, confusing, and scary.

Here are 10 tips to help you through this complex journey…

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What Health Insurers Told CFAH About Patient Engagement Trudy Lieberman

August 22nd, 2014 | 0

CFAH - Patient EngagementAs part of our Here to Stay: What Health Care Leaders Say About Patient Engagement report, CFAH interviewed senior administrators from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, PacificSource Health Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.

In total, over 35 health care stakeholders were interviewed, representing seven key groups: patients, clinicians, employers, health plans, community health programs, governments, and health care consultants and contractors. From the eight questions we asked about patient engagement, six overarching themes emerged:

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Expert Opinion Interview: A Conversation with Dan Trigub Lara Baez

June 12th, 2014 | 0

Dan TrigubOpenPlacement co-founder Dan Trigub sat down with Steve Monroe from Irving Levin Associates on Monday to discuss the company’s progress. Irving Levin Associates specialize in publishing business intelligence on merging and acquisitions, and finance in healthcare and senior housing. 

Dan gives an overview of the OpenPlacement concept, describes the benefits of subscribing, and poses OpenPlacement’s advantages over its competitors. He also expands on OpenPlacement’s exciting future, including intentions to expand to the South and to the East Coast.

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