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Booming Medical Industry: 5 Growing Career Tracks in Healthcare

Posted by Ken Accardi on Mar 28, 2018 11:08:52 AM

The medical industry is an expanding organism that is populated with a number of choices. Becoming an intricate part of this body is more doable than you think. The following are five career possibilities that continue to grow within the industry.

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Topics: healthcare career, booming healthcare

Aging in Place Safely: Modern Technologies are Helping Seniors

Posted by Ken Accardi on Mar 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Aging is a part of life, but it doesn’t mean that you want to give up the comforts of your own home. In fact, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 87 percent of seniors who are 65 years of age or older want to remain at home, and the same is true for 71 percent of people between the ages of 50 and 64.

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Topics: Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, aging safely, technology for seniors

Nursing Natural: 4 Tips to Being Better at Patient Interaction

Posted by Ken Accardi on Mar 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Patients value knowledge, but they cherish personal interactions. Every person who comes in for a routine checkup wants to be heard by the medical professional serving them. They also want to be involved in the decision-making process, which may include various treatment options. When it comes to quality service in the hospital, patients ultimately want to know that you are present. Here are four ways to ensure them that you are committed to their recovery and overall health.

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Topics: patient interaction, nursing, nursing tips

3 Major Healthcare Changes Brought about by Electronic Medical Records

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Technology has altered our current landscape in many ways, and the field of health care is no exception. In fact, in a recent survey, a full 90 percent of physicians claimed to be using electronic health records (EHR) to store their patient information. Moreover, a corresponding percentage of hospitals now link to the technology, meaning that the old paper-record system is on the brink of obsolescence. Here’s a look at how the new strides in EHR technology is changing the world of healthcare, and what the changes mean.

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Topics: electronic medical records, electronic health records

Report of EVV ‘Firestorm’ Draws Home Care Industry Pushback

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 21, 2018 5:39:35 AM

A post from Tim Mullaney reporting complaints related to rollout of EVV for home care in the state of Ohio. This post was first published on homehealthcarenews.com.

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Topics: EVV, electronic visit verfication

Mobile Medicine: a Glimpse at How New Technology Is Making Healthcare More Accessible

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Ankota provides mobile access to our SaaS (Software as a Service) platform as well  as multiple portals for referrals, patients, families and caregivers, etc.  These portals andour mobile app make it easier for home care agencies to deliver the best care possible.

Technology is also making it easier for consumers and healthcare practioners to get the information that they need, when they need it.  Here are a few:

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Topics: Future of Health Care, technology, mobile medicine

Achieving Affordable Population Health Management

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Population health is a goal that is being discussed more and more, but still seems to be the elusive third leg of "The Triple Aim."  This may be because we're going about it the wrong way. I read an interesting but somewhat disappointing article on openminds.com entitled How Do We Automate Population Management?  The reason that I found the article disappointing is that they really made no attempt to answer the question implied by the title. Instead the article should have been entitled "It's too hard for healthcare organizations to automate population health management because we only know one way to deliver care and it's not automated and requires us to do research and we can't find the data." More specifically, the article cites the age old problem of disparate and unstructured data in healthcare and shares the diagram below as an explanation of why nurses need to spend all of their time searching for data and thus have no time left to do anything about in. We generally try to stay upbeat in the Ankota blog, but I challenge you to read the article and come to any other conclusion.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, April 2017 Newsletter

Demystifying Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Models of Home Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on Feb 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Some states have authorize home care models where the care is directed by the consumer receiving services. These models are often referred to as Consumer Directed Services (CDS) and sometimes referred to as registry models or Employee of Record models. In many cases these programs are administered by home care agencies, but the caregivers are not employees of the home care agency.  For agencies who are not participating in these models of care it can be very confusing, and even agencies who do participate in these care delivery models often have trouble complying with their expectations.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, April 2017 Newsletter

Electronic Visit Verification and Rounding Rules

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Let's start today's blog post with a provocative statement:

"The adoption of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) means that it will be the end of perfect time sheets"

How can this be?  Shouldn't EVV give us better time sheets?

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, April 2017 Newsletter

Pennsylvania Institutes New Reimbursed Home Care Program

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM

There's a lot of discussion in the media about the defunding of Medicaid. We can't say that home care is exempt from this concern, but from what we're seeing most states are supporting and even enhancing their medicaid programs.

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Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, April 2017 Newsletter

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Ankota provides software to improve the delivery of care outside the hospital, focusing on efficiency and care coordination. Ankota's primary focus is on Care Transitions for Reeadmisison avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact Ankota.

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