Care Coordination

Getting noticed by ACOs

Getting noticed by ACOs

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Accountable care organizations were created to promote better care and better health for individuals and populations at a lower cost. They must identify providers that excel in areas not covered by ACOs themselves. In addition, providers must be accountable for their patients' health, along with ACOs. That means providers have the financial incentives to do only what is absolutely needed.

New exchange technologies promise safer transitions to long-term care facilities

New exchange technologies promise safer transitions to long-term care facilities

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Long-term care facilities strive to provide each patient personalized care. Comprehensive care plans, honoring patient preferences and tailoring services to patients are critical aspects to achieving the healthcare goals of patients and their care providers.

Caremerge partners with Linked Senior

Caremerge, a care coordination platform, has announced a partnership with Linked Senior.

New report for patient safety

New report for patient safety

ECRI Institute has created a list called the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations.

Care coordination is a part of performance measurement, MAP asserts

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There's a continuing need to align performance measurement across long-term care with other settings, and to increase care coordination, according to a new report from the Measure Applications Partnership.

Nonprofits continue to hike digital efforts, survey finds

Nonprofits continue to hike digital efforts, survey finds

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The nation's largest not-for-profit long-term care providers have implemented electronic health records, but there is still much room for growth when it comes to the sharing of digital data, according to a recently released survey.

Profile: Boldly improving quality

Profile: Boldly improving quality

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As a child, Adrienne Mims, M.D., MPH, thought about being a lawyer. But when her beloved grandmother died of cervical cancer when she was in high school, she redirected her attention to a career in healthcare.

Post-acute care largely explains geographic differences in Medicare spending, report affirms

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Geographic variances in post-acute care largely account for differences in Medicare spending patterns, supporting healthcare reform measures that encourage better acute and post-acute coordination, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.

Medicare reform proposed in new report

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Medicare beneficiaries should be allowed to enroll in a network that would "incentivize higher quality" and more cost-effective and coordinated care, according to a new report whose authors include three former Senators.

Managing the gaps with transitional care

Managing the gaps with transitional care

As agents of innovative health care for the future, our role is clear in paving the path of collaborative efforts within the patient care continuum. Transitional Care Management (TCM) is certainly not a new concept, but as it evolves the interventions are defined from many different perspectives and approaches. In general, care transitions refer to the movement of patients from one health care practitioner to another.

NQF's measures target pressure ulcers

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors recently endorsed 12 patient safety measures with a focus on complications. The measures address pressure ulcers, falls, healthcare-associated infections and a range of quality concerns.

NQF's new safety measures focus on falls, pressure ulcers

The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors endorsed new patient safety points of emphasis, including several directly related to long-term care, this week. The new measures came in the third installment from the NQF's patient safety endorsement project this year.

PACE serves as example of what works in long-term care

PACE serves as example of what works in long-term care

There's a tenet in healthcare that runs deep: a patient's relationship with his or her doctor is sacred.This core value is an important piece of one of the hottest topics in healthcare today: coordination of care.

New legislation would reimburse providers for transition of care services

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would reimburse providers for coordination of care services.

Former CMS boss says reforms underway, regardless of how Supreme Court rules

Former CMS boss says reforms underway, regardless of how Supreme Court rules

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Even if the Supreme Court repeals the Affordable Care Act, its early reforms have already delivered promising benefits, according to former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D.

Care coordination, adoption of HIT pushed at tech conference

Forging partnerships with other providers and adopting health information technology are critical to the survival of long-term care providers, new guidelines recommend.

CMS award winners showcase partnerships

CMS award winners showcase partnerships

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Grasping, as many of us do, to find a positive healthcare story that includes the long-term care sector, it was nice to see that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Awards made long-term care a part of the picture.

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