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Identifying Risk Factors for Hospital Readmissions in Stroke Patients

Posted by Jed Hammel on Jul 29, 2014 8:54:29 PM

Recently, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center undertook a retrospective case-control study to identify at the time of discharge the factors that are associated with readmission in patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. A detailed review of their findings can be found here, but we’d like to share a few of the highlights…

Investigators found that readmitted patients were significantly more likely to have a prior diagnosis of congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, cancer or absence of hyperlipidemia, elevated lipid (fat) levels in the blood.  In addition, readmitted patients were more likely to have been hospitalized two or more times during the year prior to the initial stroke admission.

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Care Transition Program Differentiates Home Care Company

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 24, 2014 9:41:29 PM

One key to successful growth in a home care business is to differentiate.   We share other success factors in our free white paper, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Home Care Agencies.  In this blog, we often share success stories explaining how successful home care organizations differentiate their service.  Today we talk about how you can differentiate by offering a care transition service.

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Elderly Care, Care Transitions, Avoidable Readmissions

8 Apps That Can Reduce Readmissions

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 22, 2014 11:18:15 AM

We came across an article entitled 6 Apps That Can Reduce Readmissions and decided to do you two better.  There's a great deal of interest and development in the "readmissions avoidance" space and many different approaches.  Ours is focused on care providers like home health agencies or departments on aging.  We'll tell you more about it below, but let's first look at other approaches to care transition apps.

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Topics: Readmissions, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Care Transitions, Avoidable Readmissions, mHealth, health care app

8 Steps You Can Take to Prevent Avoidable Readmissions

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 17, 2014 10:59:28 AM

Hospital profit margins are increasingly at risk, and as the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program continues to expand under the Affordable Care Act, hospital administrators are really feeling the heat. In a terrific article in Becker’s Hospital Review, eight strategies to reduce readmissions are highlighted:

 1.) Manage care transitions effectively. Did you know that the number one cause of medical errors in the U.S. is the poor transition of clinical care? Not only do these errors harm patients, but they also account for $25-40 billion each year in excess care costs.

  • I_Heart_Accountability_T-ShirtAccountability.  When all care transitions include medical records that meet certain minimum standards, accountability is greatly enhanced.
  • Care Coordination and Family Involvement. Care coordination best occurs via a provider who serves as the “hub” of care.
  • Communication. Timely communication during changes in health status is one of the many keys to managing care transitions.
  • Adherence to National Standards. Care quality is markedly improved when standards of continuous quality measurement and improvement are put in place.
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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Readmissions, Home Care, Avoidable Readmissions, ACO, ACO Technology, improving healthcare

A 4 Step Recipe for Home Care to Advance the Triple Aim

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 15, 2014 10:45:50 AM

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI - www.ihi.org) has developed a framework for improving healthcare called the Triple Aim.  The framework defines the need to simultaneously focus on the following three measures when driving improvements:

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Readmissions, Accountable Care Organizations, Avoidable Readmissions, ACO, ACO Technology, Triple Aim

4 Ways to Prevent Hospital Readmissions

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 12, 2014 12:27:22 PM

Avoiding hospital readmissions is a good thing for a lot of reasons.  First, readmissions are costing Medicare $26 Billion per year.  Second, hospitals are being penalized for excessive readmissions (in 2013 $288 Million in fines were levied and in 2014, $227 Million in fines will be levied).  Third and most importantly, quality of life is much better outside of the hospital than within.

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Topics: Readmissions, Care Transitions, Avoidable Readmissions

5 Cutting-Edge Aging in Place Technologies for Seniors and Retirees

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 9, 2014 11:37:21 AM

Today we're taking a break from our typical topics of care transitions and home care to bring you a guest blog from Chicago-based freelance blogger and writer Beth Kelly.  Beth's bio is below.

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Topics: Elderly Care, Aging in Place Technology, home monitoring

3 Reasons to Institute a Home Health Aide Training Program

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jul 2, 2014 12:34:00 PM

We want the readers of this blog to be highly successful.  We generally focus on three topics 1) Helping home health agencies thrive by expanding into home care and care transitions, 2) Helping everyone understand the potential of care transitions to transform health care, and 3) helping home care businesses  to be successful by differentiating themselves from the competition.  Today's post falls into the third catagory - differentiating home care - and it comes from our good friend and mentor, Ginny Kenyon.

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Elderly Care

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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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