The Ankota Healthcare Delivery Management Blog

SNL Obamacare Skit Featuring Breaking Bad's "Jessie Pinkman"

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 30, 2013 11:56:00 AM

Well, if it's good enough for MedCity News to run, it's good enough for Ankota! With apologies for a couple of awkward moments, it's all in good fun...Hope you enjoyed the series finale last night as much as I did.

Respect the chemistry.

 

Topics: transitional care

Physical Therapy Virtual Conferences Provide CEUs

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 26, 2013 10:03:00 AM

Physical Therapy is important not only for Ankota, but for the future of healthcare overall. It is widely documented that physical, ocupational and speech therapies help patients recover from injuries and surgeries better, helps them maintain bettter fitness with fewer injuries as they age, and so on. The value is undispusted and the trend among payers is to utilize therapies earlier and more often. This is particularly true in programs that are intended to reduce avoidable readmissions, which often fall under models such as Care Transitions initiatives and Accountable Care models. 

Learn How Ankota Helps Therapy Agencies

The 44th McMillan Lecturer Roger M. Nelson Discusses value, entrepreneurship and more at the APTA annual conference.

Also, many readers of this blog and many of our customers are agencies that provide physical and occupational therap in homes and other residences such as assisted living facilities and SNFs. Each year, many therapists converge on the annual APTA conference, but each year many more are unable to attend. Fortunately for all, the APTA now archives many of the presentations and provides them on demand through a "virtual conference" on their web site. You can even earn CEUs through the virtual conference.

Why does Ankota focus so much on the physical therapy businesses? There are two simple reasons:

1) Most therapy agencies are very inefficient and can substantially improve profitability by using Ankota's technology. By documenting notes at the point of care using tablets, and automating tasks like scheduling, payroll, and billing, agencies can serve more  customers save several hundred dollars per therapist per month. This cost savings improves the bottom line immediately.

2) The second reason Ankota loves therapy is that it is in the heart of emerging care coordinationn models. Therapy agencies almost always get their business through professional referrals, from home health agencies, primary care physicians, and discharge planners. Increasingly, therapy agencies play important roles in Care Coordination programs and Care Transitions Initiatives. Because Care Coordination is at the heart of what we do, post acute poviders such as therapists that are in these models are especially attractive to Ankota.

Makes sense, right? Of course it does!

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The 18th Maley Lecturer Kornelia Kulig, PT discusses the training & educating of future physical therapists and more

Learn more and enjoy the APTA virtual conferences by clicking here 

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Topics: APTA, Physical Therapy, Care Coordination, Care Transitions, Physical Therapy software, Accountable Care Organizations, Avoidable Readmissions, ACO

New Report Shows Population Health Management Reduces Risk and Costs

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 23, 2013 12:16:00 PM

HIN Network

Population Health Management Reduces Risk and Spend Across Care Continuum

You'll see below the very useful infographic from Healthcare Intelligence Network, which is exerpted from the 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks study on Population Health Management. You can download a free summary of the report below. You can also download or embed the infographic on your own web site using the same link.

The Healthcare Intelligence Network is a great source of healthcare business information online. Healthcare's rapid shift to more value-based models is increasingly driving more population-centric approaches to health care, and HIN does a good job reporting on it.

To control costs and improve results, healthcare organizations and employers are turning to population health management, defined in the report as "the management of integration and outcome measurements of any program affecting the health and productivity of a specific population or group." The population health management infographic is excerpted from this report titled 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Population Health Management.

Ankota provides technology solutions to help providers across the entire continuum -- Hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Primary Care Physicians and Post Acute Care Providers -- to better manage the health of populations who are at risk. Click on the blue button to see how we can help you better manage and scale care delivery.

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PHM Infographic

 

 

 

Manage Population Health Models with software from Ankota

 

Topics: Community Based Care, Care Coordination, Population Health

The Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care, Even at Home

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 5, 2013 8:22:00 AM

Dr. Nancy Snyderman's interview with with Dr. Eric Topol, shown below, aired recently on NBC's 30 Rock. While focused around technology both remote monitoring and at the point of care, this interview illustrates a number of points about how changes in health care delivery models are accelerating. 

Dr. Topol is a renowned cardiologist and proponant of technology, and asserts that technologies such as those featured in this piece are already revolutionizing health care. Dr. Topol discusses real examples of remote technologies to dramatically improve care and reduce costs simultaneously. As more and more care moves from hospital settings to patients' homes, post acute providers of all types will be faced with the challenges -- and opportunities -- of integrating new technologies into the services they provde to improve both care and operating efficiency. 

"Medicine today is set up to be maximally imprecise."

"Medicine is about as wasteful as one can imagine."

Rest assured, providers, especially as they assume risk for outcomes and costs, are looking at technologies like these to help both patients and providers immediately. Providers like hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations, Care Transitions Initiatives, and the like are embracing these models rapidly. 

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Whether to avoid readmission penalties or to improve their own financial models, providers are keenly interested in new payment models that force both accountability for results and for care planning & delivery. Reform, essentially, has aligned financial incentives around patient outcomes and costs while making responsible those who are in a position to do something about it: the health care providers. It is under these reformed payment models that providers are able to make decisions to leverage technologies such as those in the interview with Dr. Topol or design new delivery models that make better use of staff and resources -- all while improving outcomes.

So what's changing? Providers are stepping up to assume accountability for care, for starters. They can design and coordinate delivery models now that make "best use" of resources for optimial results and optimal costs, all in the interests of patients. Under these new care delivery models, they use hospital resources only when absolutely necessary, leverage mobile and home based care models to follow up with patients after discharge, infuse antibiotics, provide physical therapy, and so on. Perhaps most important of all, they assign care coordinators that can cross all settings to better manage the patient's experience. The economics of assigning carae managers are compelling and will be the subject of future articles on the Ankota blog. 

Whether it's the technology that Dr. Topol discusses, or human resources like a case coordinator to manage care across all settings, we're seeing fundamental change. Under the guise of "health care reform," we're actually using payment reform to put more decision making authority in the hands of key providers. This allows providers to design new care delivery models that improve patients lives and are delivered more efficiently. They use best resources at the best time that create new efficiencies never before possible. The early data from these models is incredibly compelling -- patients are going to the hospital less frequently and are costing the system less. Even after accounting for the additional cost of new care coordination functions.

Coordinating care and leveraging technology. Hmm... Seems we're on to something here. 

Ankota's technology is used by health care providers of all types to organize into health care "Ecosystems" to better Plan, Coordinate and Deliver care (tm). To learn more about how Ankota's technology can help your organization operate more efficiently and create your own health care Ecosystem, click the button below. 

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Topics: Care Coordination, transitional care, Care Transitions, Accountable Care Organizations, ACO

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