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Pharmacists, the New Discharge Planners? Christy Rakoczy

August 1st, 2013 | 3

PharmacistThe role of the pharmacist in the discharge process has previously been minimal. However, new studies of hospital readmission rates aimed to improve healthcare has resulted in increasing the roles of various workers in the healthcare profession in order to improve readmission rates.

Pharmacists are now playing an integral part in the discharge process largely due to the change in medications that often results from hospitalization and the recovery process. By being a part of this process, pharmacists are becoming great contributors to the reduction of hospital readmission rates.

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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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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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Listen Up, What Doctors Aren’t Communicating Effectively to Seniors Christy Rakoczy

May 23rd, 2013 | 5

DrCommunicationIn a time when hospital readmissions rates are being closely analyzed and hospitals are attempting reforms to improve those rates, it is crucial to take a look at patient populations most frequently readmitted to hospitals and the reasons for readmission. Among those populations of people most frequently readmitted to hospitals, seniors are in great number. Poor discharge policies can be to blame.

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The Art of the Follow Up Call Christy Rakoczy

May 20th, 2013 | 2

SeniorOnPhoneFollowing up with patients after giving care is a crucial means of developing a strong patient relationship. It is also the key to improving overall patient care and reducing patient readmissions in the hospital setting.

Follow up calls can address a variety of issues. One common type of follow up call is to report lab results. Another type of common follow up call is to schedule appointments. However, calls can also be made to ensure patients have made appointments with referrals or are taking medication appropriately. Other calls may have the purpose of education or reinforcing knowledge. There are myriad factors that could warrant a follow up call to a patient. 

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Which Care Transition Model is Best? Christy Rakoczy

April 22nd, 2013 | 2

Which Care Transition Model is Best?Care transition models play a huge role in lowering readmissions. Patients, families, and medical providers depend on these models to answer the “What, When, and Who” during a deterioration in a condition after being discharged. Hospitals have developed these models to point out to patients and their caregivers what red flags to look out for in their medical condition, when to make that call, and who to contact to attain appropriate care. Due to a fragmented healthcare system, the models have provided solutions in unifying medical providers into one system so patients receive timely and non-repetitive aftercare. I have looked into five current care transition models and outlined their differences to help you determine which is best. 

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