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Ankota: Ushering in the Next Generation of Homecare Blog

Inappropriate Home Health Referrals and Billing Lead to Convictions

Posted by Ken Accardi on Mar 27, 2014 11:53:00 AM

At Ankota, we believe that home care should play a vital and increasing role in health care reform.  Keeping elderly and fragile patients out of the hospital and in their homes can greatly reduce health care costs and improve outcomes.  But home health is under constant pressure because of decreasing reimbursement and somewhat of a negative perception by lawmakers.  The below article from attorney Elizabeth Hogue explains why.  Hopefully the few bad apples will continue to be proscecuted to clear the good name of the industry.

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Health Care Reform, Home Healthcare Delivery Management

CMS Readmission Penalties for Dummies

Posted by Ken Accardi on Mar 13, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Have you ever seen those books that teach information "for Dummies"?  I just went to the official website (www.fordummies.com,) and these were the titles displayed on the home page:

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Topics: Readmissions, Care Coordination, Care Transitions, Avoidable Readmissions

5 Warning Signs of Home Health Agency Start-up Failure

Posted by Ken Accardi on Mar 10, 2014 5:36:00 PM

We recently published a piece called The 7 Habits of Highly Successfull Home Care Agencies that shared our top observations of consistent practices that we see in agencies that are thriving.  My mentor and good friend Ginny Kenyon, from Kenyon Home Care Consulting (www.kenyonhcc.com), went in the opposite direction with her most recent post, entitled, Sink or Swim: 5 Reasons a Home Health Startup Signals SOS.  It's a great article that I highly recommend that you read.  Ginny doesn't market her services too aggresively because she wants to focus on educating you with her blog.  However, if you are noticing these warning signs in your agency, then I highly recommend that you contact Ginny.

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

US Health Care not measuring up on Life Expectancy and Cost

Posted by Ken Accardi on Mar 5, 2014 4:12:00 PM

Below is a very interesting, yet quite sad, infographic about US Life Expectancy verus health care costs.  The infographic comes from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (tm) (www.hin.com), which is a site that regularly produces outstanding and intesting content.  The original article, entitled InfoGraphic: The Failure of US Healthcare Spending, was written by Jackie Lyons and posted on March 5th, 2013.

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Topics: Health Care Reform, thought leadership, Home Care Blogs

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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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