In today's Crain's Cleveland Business, Author David Schweighoefer of the Cleveland-based law firm Walter & Haverfield offers a common sense "User's Guide" for those trying to figure out Healthcare Reform and what it means. I'll call it "Take a Deep Breath and Keep These 7 Things In Mind..." I especially like #1:
Former CMS Administrator Don Berwick does an excellent job of clearly explaining Accountable Care. Learn how ACOs are organized, how they are incentivized, and how patients lives are ultimately improved. Berwick is well known as a big thinker and as the policy wonk who coined the phrase "Triple Aim," which he used to describe the goals of health care reform: improving patient experience, improving population health and reducing costs.
CMS will pay community physicians and other care coordinators for the care required to help a patient transition back to the community following discharge from a hospital. This is consistent with CMS objectives of aligning incentives to drive the right kind of care that reduces avoidable readmissions, improves quality of care and lowers healthcare delivery costs.
Topics: PCMH, Care Coordination Payments, Care Coordination, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, National Association of Geriatric Care Managers, ACO, Patient Centered Medical Home
-- Daniel Day, Care Transitions Journal
Elizabeth Hogue is a home care attorney who kindly interprets the impact of various legislations on home health and home care. We've featured her work before such as in our posting ACO's - Final Regulations Issued: Home Care Coordination Needed. In today's post, reproduced with her permission, she has summarized the impact of the recent supreme court ruling on Obamacare.
Expert home care consultant and our good friend Ginny Kenyon focuses on helping home care entrepreneurs get their businesses successfully off the ground. This blog post, written by Ginny, explains the costs associated with starting various types of home care and home health agencies. Enjoy!
A relatively small percentage of cases make up the bulk of expenses in healthcare--and that is true among all payor sources. There is much that can be done to mitigate avoidable readmissions, take care of patients more proactively in their homes, and lower the total overall cost of care. Here is a compelling story as backdrop for the conversation.
From the author, Dr. Stephen Schimpff on Medical Megatrends
Topics: PCMH, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, Avoidable Readmissions, ACO, Patient Centered Medical Home, ACO Technology
One of the people I've come to greatly respect is Atul Gawande. He's a doctor and an author and we've featured him numerous times on the Ankota blog including as the author of Ankota's book of the year The Checklist Manifesto. Some of the key themse that we strongly embrace at Ankota are as follows:
The Home Care Software Geek posts in this blog don't talk about Home Care Nursing Software, Private Duty Telephony, DME Delivery Software, Home Infusion Care Management or the other topics we focus on regularly at Ankota. Instead, these posts are intended to keep our readers up to date with technology trends that might be useful to your agencies, such as social media technologies, mobile devices, and what's happening from the big-boys like Microsoft, Google and Apple.