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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

Firing Home Healthcare Staff: The 10 Worst Things You Can Say

Posted by Will Hicklen on Feb 7, 2012 11:58:00 AM

Whether you are part of a hospital system like Johns Hopkins Home Care Group in Baltimore or an independent Physical Therapy agency like Rehab Maxx in Chicagoland, Ankota's customers must sometimes face the very difficult task of firing people. As anyone who has mishandled a firing before will tell you: Don't mess it up. (Our customers don't mess it up...we're just sayin').

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Recommended Reading, Starting a Home Care Business, HME Delivery Operations, Home Care Industry, Private Duty Agency Software, Care Coordination, thought leadership, transitional care, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, DME, Checklists, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Will Hicklen, Home Care, Home Health Therapy Software, Physical Therapy software

Oral Health Care a Huge Home Care Opportunity

Posted by Will Hicklen on Nov 16, 2011 12:13:00 PM

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Topics: Marketing Home Care, Homecare Dentistry, Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, thought leadership, Checklists, Home Care, NPDA, PDHCA, Home Care Scheduling Software

Home Care Goal Setting: A lesson from a Father and Son

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Nov 10, 2011 12:36:00 PM

We regularly find inspiration from Julianne Haydel, an accomplished home health consultant. We previously blogged about her  advocacy of therapy management  in our posting entitled Home Care Prediction: 2011 will be the Year of Therapy and we enjoy receiving her email updates. 

Julianne recently blogged about how caregivers can set better, more realistic and more humane goals for their patients that honor their lives as fully realized adults and members of society. She tells us of her friend Bill and his father, who is a patient. But Julianne reminds us that Bill's father was not a patient first.
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Topics: Elderly Care, transitional care, Checklists

Home Care Can Dramatically Reduce Health Care Costs - Here's Proof!

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Nov 7, 2011 10:48:00 AM

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Topics: Elderly Care, Care Coordination, transitional care, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Checklists

Include Care Coordination in Your Next Home Care Technology Update

Posted by Will Hicklen on Oct 3, 2011 8:54:00 AM

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Starting a Home Care Business, Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Care Coordination, home care software geek, Checklists, Will Hicklen, Home Care, Home Health Therapy Software, Product Information

5 Percent of the Population Accounts for 50% of Health care costs

Posted by Ken Accardi on Aug 9, 2011 12:20:00 AM

Only 5 percent of Americans accounted for roughly half of all U.S. health care spending in 2009, according to a report from the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation.  Conversely, the 50 percent of Americans with the lowest health care costs accounted for just 3 percent of the total cost of health care in 2009.

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, HME, Checklists

Ankota's Book of the Year: The Checklist Manifesto

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 31, 2011 9:42:00 AM

Before January is over (and yes this is hours away) we wanted to take care of unfinished business for 2010 and one exciting part is to name our book of the year.  The winner for 2010 is The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande.  Also, the book is now available in paperback for only $9 on amazon.com.

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Elderly Care, Checklists

Execute on the “Dominant Vector” of Home Healthcare - 2nd of 6

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Jul 11, 2010 11:29:00 PM

Question -

Do you have the structure to execute on the “Dominant Vector” of your Home Care Agency?

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, HME, Home Care Technology, Checklists, Home Care Scheduling Software

Operational Excellence Home Care Agency? - 1st of 6 parts

Posted by Marc Ottinger on Jul 9, 2010 4:33:00 PM

Having worked in logistics for approximately fifteen years one of the industry rags I pick up on a regular basis is Logistics Management.  Recently there was an article titled “The Five Hallmarks of Operational Excellence.”  It was written by Mark Pearson, who is in Accenture’s Supply Chain Management.  This article applies equally as well in home healthcare including DME, Infusion Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy. 

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Topics: Recommended Reading, Home Care Industry, Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Home Care Technology, Checklists, Home Care Scheduling Software

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