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Community Demographics are a Key Indicator of Care Transition Success

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 29, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Ankota recently hosted Dr. Marc Greenwald on our monthly webinar on Care Transitions Best Practices.  Dr. Greenwald shared his experiences from running successful care transitions programs in several Massachusetts hospitals.  It was a well-attended and very informative webinar.  If you if missed our live broadcast, you can watch the recording here.

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Will Fingerprinting be a Deterrent Against Home Health Fraud?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 24, 2014 9:03:00 PM

Elizabeth Hogue is an attorney who specializes in the home health industry. Her email articles alwaus present a well-written, no-nonsence representation of the facts.  She also holds seminars on how to get referrals legally (and in these seminars she provides advice to providers who aren't being referred by their local hospitals.)

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Managing Post Acute Care

Putting the Wind Back Into Your Home Care Sales

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 21, 2014 9:13:00 PM

I'll have to see if the "bad pun" title works or not, but this is a serious topic.

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices

Pharmacist-Led Care Transitions: Good or Bad for Home Health?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 15, 2014 8:39:00 AM

Walgreens Pharmacy has instituted a pharmacist-led care transitions program called WellTransitions┬« and they are posting impressive results.  According to a Business Wire Press Release on April 4th, 2014, participants in the WellTransitions┬« program were 46 percent less likely to have an unplanned 30 day readmission within 30 days of hospital discharge.

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Topics: Readmissions, Care Coordination, transitional care, Care Transitions

Care Transitions Must-Read: Raising the Bar for Elderly Care At Home

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 13, 2014 5:27:00 PM

I generally read fifteen to twenty articles about advancements in elderly care each week, then I choose the two that I believe will be most interesting to the Ankota blog audience (mostly home health and home care professionals interested in care transitions).  Knowing that not all readers will have time to read the full articles, I summarize certain articles while trying to answer three questions: WHAT?  SO WHAT?  And, NOW WHAT? 

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Topics: Elderly Care, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, thought leadership, transitional care, home monitoring

Four Challenges for Home Care Start-ups (and How to Overcome Them)

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 9, 2014 8:19:00 PM

In yet another great post from Home Care Consultant Ginny Kenyon, she clearly articluates four challenges for home care start-ups.  The chalenges are enumerated here and more detailed remedies are available in Ginny's full story.

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Starting a Home Care Business, Elderly Care, Home Care Blogs

NPR is Singing from the Care Transitions Hymnal: Beth-Israel Boston

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 8, 2014 2:49:00 PM

When I'm in the car, I generally flip the radio between WEEI (Boston sports talk and "The Red Sox Radio Network") and WBUR (Boston's NPR station).  I love listening to a lot of the stories on NPR though I generally find their stories to be pretty far removed from my life and my work.  Some of their stories seem pretty obscure and I wonder how they come up with them, but I'm sure that each story is relevant and special to someone, just like this one is to me.

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Topics: Readmissions, Health Care Reform, Care Transitions

Home Care Marketing - Make Your Phone Ring!

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 3, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Home care consultant and my friend, Ginny Kenyon, published a great piece in her blog entitled Home Health Marketing Ideas to Make Your Agency's Phone Ring.  What I loved about the article is that it reminds us of the many ways that we can market to our customers.

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

Home Health Should Keep the Elderly out of the Emergency Room

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 1, 2014 2:52:00 PM

I came across a great New York Times article that I'd encourage all of you to read, entitled Emergency Rooms are No Place for the Elderly.  My first thought was "Amen," but until I read the article in detail, I didn't realize that I had some of the wrong reasons in mind.  My first thoughts were that the Emergency Room is a bad place for the elderly because of the following:

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Topics: Readmissions, Elderly Care, Care Transitions

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