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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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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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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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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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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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UPDATE: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Revisions Christy Rakoczy

June 3rd, 2013 | 0

CMSOn May 17, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a Memorandum in regards to the revision of the State Operations Manual. The revision applies to the State Operations Hospital Appendix A, Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals, Condition of Participation: Discharge Planning, in order to “update the guidance for the discharge planning Condition of Participation.”

The revisions to Appendix A include interpretive guidelines that are italicized and written in red to denote the portion of the appendix that has been updated.

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Top Eight Characteristics of A Successful Social Worker Christy Rakoczy

May 13th, 2013 | 9

HelpingHand Social work is a fulfilling, yet demanding, profession. In order to be successful as a social worker, there are traits that are necessary to possess and build.

Characteristic 1: Highly knowledgeable and well-trained
In order to be a successful social worker, one must possess the knowledge and the skills to effectively do the job. In order to acquire content knowledge, a degree from an institution of higher education is necessary. Most social work positions require at least a Bachelor’s degree, but a Masters degree, Ph.D, or other certification work is highly helpful to prepare for this career.

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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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Understanding and Improving Discharge: A Critical Factor in Reducing Potential For Readmission Christy Rakoczy

January 28th, 2013 | 0

Discharge_1Introduction.  Recent studies have shown that the discharge process can be very difficult.  The challenges of the complex process can easily lead to errors that lead to unnecessary re-hospitalization.  Preventing these both improves the patient’s outlook and prevents care facilities from receiving penalties associated with excessive readmissions.  This report takes a look at the discharge process and some of the data gathered over the last several years as a means of understanding and improving discharge.

The importance of effective discharge planning.  Studies from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality demonstrated that there were more than 39 million discharges in the United States in 1996.  Unplanned re-hospitalizations cost a whopping 17 and a half billion dollars, accounting for nearly a fifth of Medicare’s hospital payments between 2003 and 2004.  The end result, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Readmissions Reduction Program, is that in 2012, about two out of every three facilities received some sort of penalty for excessive readmissions.

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