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Ankota: Ushering in the Next Generation of Homecare Blog

Does your home care start-up have the right personalities to thrive?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 31, 2012 11:40:00 AM

Today I read an interesting article in Fast Company entitled  and it made me think that this article can apply to home care as well as it does to other types of start ups.  

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Home Care Best Practices, Home Care

More Common Sense About Accountable Care & Healthcare Reform

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 25, 2012 5:24:00 PM

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: 

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Topics: PCMH, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Accountable Care Organizations, ACO, Patient Centered Medical Home, ACO Technology

The Common Sense Explanation of Accountable Care

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 23, 2012 5:46:00 PM

Better Care at Lower Costs: Clearly explaining Accountable Care. Learn how ACOs are organized, what the incentives are, and how patients ultimately benefit.

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.

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Topics: PCMH, Care Coordination, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, Avoidable Readmissions, ACO, Patient Centered Medical Home

NEW CARE COORDINATION PAYMENTS FOR RECENTLY DISCHARGED PATIENTS

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 19, 2012 2:33:00 PM

New Care Coordination Payments for Managing Care After Discharge

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.

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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

How The Supreme Court's Decision Impacts Transitional Care

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 18, 2012 12:34:00 PM

"If there was ever any doubt about the importance of managing care transitions – it's gone now."

-- Daniel Day, Care Transitions Journal

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Topics: PCMH, Care Coordination, thought leadership, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, Avoidable Readmissions, ACO, Patient Centered Medical Home, ACO Technology

What the Supreme Court Ruling on Obama Care means for Home Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 18, 2012 10:37:00 AM

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 Regulation​s 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.


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Topics: Home Care Industry, Health Care Reform, Care Transitions

Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations With Home Health Care

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 17, 2012 8:27:00 AM


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Topics: Care Coordination, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, Avoidable Readmissions, NAHC, ACO Technology, Video

Starting a Home Care Agency can cost $80K and Home Health $350K

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 16, 2012 12:26:00 PM

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!

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Starting a Home Care Business, Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Home Care Best Practices, Home Care

Protecting Patient Data: Risk Management Education Series

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 13, 2012 12:25:00 PM

Risk Management Education Series brought to you by Ankota and IronRisk Strategies, LLC 

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Topics: HIPAA compliance, Patient Data, risk management

Improving Care for Patients Requires Better Care Coordination

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 12, 2012 10:43:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Geriatric Care Management, PCMH, Care Coordination, transitional care, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, ACO, ACO Technology, Video

The Future of Healthcare Delivery Management: A Must Read

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 11, 2012 8:19:00 AM

The Future of Health Care Delivery: Why It Must Change and How It Will Affect You, by Dr. Steven Schimpff

From the author, Dr. Stephen Schimpff on Medical Megatrends

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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-Third of Hospitals Will Close by 2020

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 10, 2012 12:26:00 PM

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Topics: Care Coordination, thought leadership, Will Hicklen, Care Transitions, Avoidable Readmissions, ACO, Patient Centered Medical Home, ACO Technology

How Will the PCMH Model Work?

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jul 10, 2012 11:34:00 AM


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Topics: PCMH, Care Coordination, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, ACO, Patient Centered Medical Home

Care Coordination and Checklists are How We Heal Health Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 9, 2012 9:02:00 AM

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:

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Topics: Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, Checklists, Video, Learning

Home Care Software Geek shares some internet tips

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 2, 2012 9:43:00 AM

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.

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Topics: home care software geek, Home Care Technology

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