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How OpenPlacement & Hospitals Are Working Together (WEBINAR) Dan Trigub

April 16th, 2014 | 1

OpenPlacement & Stanford Hospital Are Working TogetherLast week in partnership with AgeTech West we gave a webinar discussion entitled: Boost Census and Streamline Placements Through Web-Based Technology .  

The goal of the webinar was to discuss how hospitals are actively using OpenPlacement for hundreds of patients each and every week. We had a tremendous amount of attendees during the webinar and a very constructive and fruitful Q&A session at the end.

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First Webinar In Partnership with AgeTech West! Alyssa Chan

March 11th, 2014 | 0

AgeTech West WebinarOn April 8, 2014 at 2:00PM-3:00PM pacific, this free webinar will discuss how an innovative web-based platform can help Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living communities maintain higher census by getting on the short-list of health system discharge planners for pre-screened placements and increasing visibility to families seeking quality care for their loved ones, while speeding up necessary discharges to other levels of care. Hear how Atria, On Lok, Lytton Gardens and Stanford Hospital among others are using OpenPlacement to improve the success of their placements and referrals. OpenPlacement is a Developing Technology Partner of AgeTech West, a program of LeadingAge California, Oregon and Washington.

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California Hospitals – A Comparison of the Top 3 (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

February 20th, 2014 | 0

California HospitalsWe recently decided to take a deep look at three of the largest and arguably most renown California Hospitals  — UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, Stanford Hospital in Stanford and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Continuing with our infographic trend, we have simplified some key facts using the comparison tool on medicare.gov. Surveys were taken for patients’ experience at each California hospital as results are also mapped against the California average for all reporting hospitals and the National average for all reporting hospitals.

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Absence of Comparable Data for Families Seeking Assisted Living Facilities Christy Rakoczy

September 6th, 2013 | 4

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Some of you may have recently read my post from last week entitled, “A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It.”  In the article I highlighted that the absence of comparable data for families seeking care is a core issue facing those in need of any type of long term care.

Assisted living facilities provide a solution for seniors who are not able to live entirely on their own but who do not want or need the round-the-clock medical care that is provided in a nursing home. Assisted living facilities can allow seniors to maintain a broader degree of independence and to live in a more home-like setting as compared with the more institutional setting of a nursing home.

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Why Healthcare is in the RED (Re-Engineered Discharge Toolkit) Christy Rakoczy

August 22nd, 2013 | 6

ToolboxDue to scrutiny of hospitals’ readmissions rates, and new penalties being issued in order to encourage hospitals to improve their readmissions rates, many hospitals and other organizations are attempting to create new ways to improve readmission. This has begun by analyzing discharge policies and seeking creative means of improving them.

Developed by researchers at Boston University Medical Center, RED, the Re-Engineered Discharge Toolkit  is aimed to help hospitals implement a plan to reduce readmissions. There are 12 components to the toolkit.

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A Case Managing Tablet? Christy Rakoczy

July 29th, 2013 | 1

TabletAs technology continues to improve its applications within social work and healthcare are proving to be infinite. Most recently, the emergence of a system utilizing tablets has helped case workers to save time and increase productivity exponentially.

Northwoods’ Compass CoPilot is the program being used to change the face of case management. Adapted from the company’s Compass software, it is compatible with Android tablets.

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The Discharge Planner’s Survival Guide: 10 Essential Resources Christy Rakoczy

July 22nd, 2013 | 2

SurvivalGuideWhen planning patients’ discharge it is essential to ensure that best practices are followed. Ensuring that all necessary care has been provided to a patient while hospitalized and identification of needs and resources of the patient after discharge are crucial. In addition, it is imperative that patients are educated on how to care for themselves after being discharged including sharing what appointments will be needed as follow-up, medications and dosage, nutritional needs, and knowing who to contact in the event extra care or community resources are necessary. Finally, it is important to assess the patient’s ability to achieve optimum recovery by understanding needs such as transportation and family support.

There are a variety of tools and resources available to assist discharge planners that have the ability to execute a patient’s discharge effectively. Ten of the top resources are:

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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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Discharge Planning from a Patient’s Perspective (Guest Post) Devon Texas

June 25th, 2013 | 1

unconsciousWe welcome back DevonTexas as our guest blogger. This week he writes a post about a discharge planning experience from a patient’s point of view.

I never really thought about “Discharge Planning” until I came across this website on the internet and began reading about it.  As a patient, I’ve been passively involved in the process and now, as I look back, I can see where I’ve been the grateful recipient of good “discharge planning”.

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Patients, the Forgotten Health Care Team Members Christy Rakoczy

June 10th, 2013 | 5

PatientsCareGiversWhile providing top notch care 100% of the time while a patient is hospitalized is a large part of ensuring patients recover to a state of healthiness, it is also important to examine the post-hospital experience for patients and how to improve processes so that patients are able to recover swiftly without development of further issues or secondary complications.

One way to ensure that a patient is successful in implementing a care plan upon discharge is by understanding and involving the patient. While this seems elementary, it is actually an issue that needs great focus and improvement.

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