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4 Reasons Care Transitions Can Keep Your Home Care Agency Competitive

Posted by Jed Hammel on May 20, 2015 11:46:00 AM

A study performed by Frost & Sullivan and reported in an article posted by Hit Consultant, (a company that covers healthcare tech), found that: “the care coordination market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.1 percent between 2015 and 2020.”

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I encourage you to read the full article to have a full understanding of the findings, but here are a few key points drawn from the article that I found interesting:

4 Findings Your Home Care Agency Should Know About

  •          The care coordination market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.1 percent between 2015 and 2020 

  •          An important driver in the care coordination market is the rapid adoption of new digital health solutions by payers and providers is the need to better track and manage patients across acute, ambulatory and home care settings.

  •          To enable team-based care and ensure smooth care transitions and efficient use of healthcare resources, care coordination software should be flexible and extensible, with corresponding accountability, transparency of information, and ability to provide analysis and reporting among key stakeholders.

  •          The solutions will enable care teams to implement and track care plans, engage patients in self-management, as well as provide closed-loop, 24/7 communication among all stakeholders, including patients and their families.

growthAt Ankota, we believe that care coordination, home care expanding into care transitions, and the need for high quality management software to handle the process is essential for agencies to remain competitive in the rapidly approaching future.  If you’re ready to step up your agency’s software or care transitons game, we’d love to help!

To learn more about the opportunity in Care Transitions, Ankota offers a free white paper, Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry that can offer you more insight on this topic.  Just click the link or the picture below to download.

If you're interested in learning more about software solutions for home care or for care transitions, we'd love to help!  To schedule an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

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

Tech Enabled Home Care is Coming - Here's Some Proof

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 18, 2015 11:46:00 AM

honor_Ankota_home_care_blogAs Ankota meets with home care agencies, we encounter a range of attitudes about technology.  In general, most agencies realize that they can't scale without software to manage schedules, care plans, timekeeping, billing and payroll. Most agencies are still opting for telephony as their primary tool for checking in and out, but some are using smart phones now, and a small percent are still holding back and entering results from paper records.  While we're happy to provide excellent and affordable software for basic timekeeping, we generally attract agencies who are more forward looking.  They want to manage care transitions, exchange health information with partners and improve in their management of chronic conditions. 

Silicon Valley is Jumping In

Above, I described forward-looking agencies as those embracing things like electronic referrals and care transition software.  Well, Silicon Valley has recently jumped into the mix with a technology-enabled home care agency, called Honor, as profiled in this article.  Led by Seth Sternberg, who attended Yale and Stanford and recently sold his former company Meebo to Google, Honor plans for the following capabilities:

  • A Portal for families to choose caregivers based on detailed criteria like language spoken

  • A console for seniors to interact with in the home

  • A mobile app for families to stay apprised of their loved-one's care

Honor is recruiting caregivers now for their launch in San Francisco and is offering rates in the $15-$17/hour range.

This Should Be a Wake Up Call for Home Care Agencies that Don't Value Technology

You might be thinking that a service for the San Francisco elite doesn't pose a threat to your agency, but I'd beg to differ.  Focusing just on the technology side and not on the rates that Honor will charge, let's go through it:

  • Once a cell-phone app is developed, it's not that expensive to add more user's to it, so perhaps a family-app will become the norm soon

  • Similarly, a home monitoring station has some cost.  For example, if it's based on an android tablet of an Amazon kindle it is likely a $100 one-time investment plus monthly wireless fees

  • Lastly, you know that software like Ankota's and others let's you choose caregivers based on things like language spoken, proximity and availability, so you should be thinking about making that information available to clients

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Even if you don't want to be an innovator with technology, you should at least get modern software available on the market today.  There are other's out there, of course, but Ankota's software accepts referrals on your site, has a family portal, accepts electronic referrals and manages care transition processes.  If we can help you catch up, let us know!

 

You might also be interested in our free white paper, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Home Care Agencies.

If you're interested in learning more about software solutions for home care or for care transitions, we'd love to help!  To schedule an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Home Care Technology, Care Transitions

US Senate Inquires about the Merits of Aging in Place Technology for Elder Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 14, 2015 10:56:00 AM

 

Laurie_Orlov_photoOne of the bloggers and industry experts who I keep up with is Laurie Orlov, whose blog is the Aging in Place Technology Watch (www.ageinplacetech.com).  After a successful career working for the large industry analyst firm Forrester Research she went on her own to focus specifically on technologies for aging in place.  She also has an advanced degree in geriatric care management.  Anytime I have a question about home monitoring, Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) or anything else related to technologies for seniors, I go to her site.  I've also had the privilege of serving on panels with her and speaking at engagements with her for the Connected Health Symposium and Mass Tech Leadership Council

Laurie Goes to Congress

Recently Laurie was asked to speak to congress about the cost savings potential of aging in place technologies as recounted in this article on mobile health news.com.  A co-panelist was an expert on the use of telehealth within the Veterans Administraion (VA) hospitals.  I encourage you to read the full article, but a few key takeaways are as follows:

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  • 717,000 patients (12.6% of all veterans) were treated with telehealth services in 2014

  • There is technology being used in assisted living facilities with Microsoft cameras that monitor resident activity and signal alerts

  • The panel expressed that 1) there is no "silver bullet" answer, 2) that privacy in an important concern, and that 3) PERS has, for numerous reasons proven to be ineffective.

  • The presiding congress member - Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), gave that panelists the feedback that if funding is to be appropriated, that clear savings need to be demonstrated

My Two Cents

I personally believe that in the future, there will be one device, the mobile phone, that will become the key technology for connecting patients with their health.  But I believe that this will come to bear when smart phone aficionados reach their 80s. I believe that's a ways off.  My perspective is that the oldest people who are comfortable enough with their smart phone are now in their lower 60s.

In the meantime, I believe that the solution for people with the greatest need and highest risk is a combination of hands-on caregiving and the telephone.  Having said that, there are some scary demographics regarding the projected number of people living into their 80s and the lack of caregivers, and as such, I do expect that some sort of monitoring technology, beyond the phone, will become popular in the coming years.  I've seen some good attempts, like from Senscio Systems, but a clear winner is yet to emerge.

The Short-term answer is Care Management

At Ankota, we believe that our over-80 population needs people to provide them with care.  But we constantly challenge our customers (home care, geriatric care, and others) to be expanding their services and experimenting with technologies. If you're interested, we have a free white paper, entitled,  Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry

If you're interested in learning more about software solutions for home care or for care transitions, we'd love to help!  To schedule an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, laurie orlov

5 Hard Lessons in Home Health Transformation - Preparing for the Future of Home Care

Posted by Ken Accardi on May 12, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Last month I attended a conference called "Healthcare in Transition" that was led by the editor of Home Care Technology Report (subscribe for free here).  The conference focused on the future of the US healthcare system and the critical role that home health and home care will be able to play.  I usually write about home care because this is the market that Ankota serves.  More specifically, I usually write about the opportunity to add care transitions management as a service offered by your home care agency, but today I'm focusing on home health, to show what it takes to win.

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What Does Transformation Mean in Home Health?

Phoenix Home Care (a home health agency in Chicago), led by Pete Miska, has been working for several years to change the focus on his organization from a focus on census to a focus on outcomes.  His mantra is "this is a low-cost patient-centered practice."  This strategy sounds counter-intuitive for a player in an industry that gets more reimbursement the longer they hold onto their patients, but he knew it was the right thing to do and he did it.  Note that I met Pete personally but a lot of the content for this blog post came from the great coverage in Home Care Technology Report.

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5 Hard Lessons in Transformation

Implementing this change has been hard for Pete and his organization, and he suffered some consequences along the way, including the following:

  1. Changing to a model with fewer visits lowered his reimbursement and profits in the short term

  2. Some of his nurses liked it the old way and he lost a significant portion of his clinical staff 

  3. Eventually, his nurses began to see the results of better outcomes and took pride in using their skills at a higher level

  4. Now his agency is crushing the competition in his area and getting more referrals, plus

  5. His organization has been chosen as a model three bundled payment partner for hip and knee replacements in Chicago

As you can see, the change was not easy for Pete and his organization, but in the end it paid off and he is winning.  I know that if I needed home health in Chicago, I'd choose Pete's agency.

Shifting back to Home Care, I strongly feel that home care is better positioned for success in the future that home health because of the growing population and shrinking pool of family caregivers.  But change is coming here as well and the agencies that will win are those who can collaborate with the hospital systems and help their clients avoid hospitalizations.  To make a step in the right direction, please download our free whitepaper  Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry

If you're interested in learning more about software solutions for home care or for care transitions, we'd love to help!  To schedule an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, Care Transitions, home care technology report

3 Takeaways from Entrepreneur.com's Article on Millennials & Home Care

Posted by Jed Hammel on May 8, 2015 11:52:15 AM

Millenialls_Ankota_Home_Care_BlogWe often share stories on this blog about folks in the home care and care transition space who are doing innovative and future-facing work.  Usually, the people we spotlight have been in the home care industry for a number of years or have a good amount of healthcare experience in some respect.   

But as the saying goes, “The Future Is Now.”  And the reality is, your agency’s toughest competition may not be coming from seasoned veterans, but from young entrepreneurs who recognize the changes on the horizon in the home care and care transition industry.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share an interview that Entrepreneur.com recently did with two “Millennial” entrepreneurs who just started their home care agency in March of 2015.  You can read the entire interview by clicking this link:  “Why These Young Entrepreneurs Entered the Homecare Industry” , but I’d like to highlight some key points that I feel folks in home care should consider carefully to help keep your agency competitive.

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To set the stage, here are two quotes from the article that help frame the points I’d like to illustrate:

“The field of private duty home care is growing as the costs for hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities/nursing homes skyrocket. We saw a need for a higher standard of private duty home care in our area to assist individuals and families achieve a better quality of life while living and aging in their own home.”

“I did much of my initial research online, looking at several private duty home care franchises and what differentiates one from the others. Having previous experience in home care, I knew what to expect from a typical or average agency.”

Three Takeaways to Consider When Future-Proofing Your Agency

Granted, one interview isn’t much of a sample set to make a strong academic argument, but there are three take-aways that I got personally from the interview that I feel can be helpful:

1.)    The need for home care and care transition services is increasing, and this fact is not going unnoticed by the next generation of business people. 

2.)  Whatever competition you are currently seeing in your market area, it seems likely that more competition is coming, and it will be coming soon.

3.)  Along with the new wave of competition, comes an increased need for agencies to differentiate their business from others’.

Differentiate Your Home Care Agency with a Care Transitions Offering

Aside from elements like offering superior care and customer service, an agency can easily differentiate themselves through implementing a Care Transitions initiative.  At Ankota, we believe that offering a care transitions component provides an opportunity for your agency to be set apart from your competition in the marketplace.  Also, that there is an opportunity for agencies to create a new stream of revenue in a burgeoning industry.

To learn more about the opportunity to improve care and increase revenue via Care Transitions, Ankota offers a free white paper, Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry that can offer you more insight on this topic.  Just click the link or the picture below to download.

If you're interested in learning more about software solutions for home care or for care transitions, we'd love to help!  To schedule an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

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

4 Reasons Home Care Needs to Stay Current with Management Software Trends

Posted by Jed Hammel on May 4, 2015 2:10:00 PM

Last week I wrote about how home care agencies can position themselves to be on the “Tipping Point”, the wave of the future of healthcare via a care transitions initiative.

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For this post, I’d like talk about another “trending” concept, one that has spilled out of the social media space and into IRL, or “In Real Life,” as the (rather new) phrase goes.  I’d like to talk a bit about something called FOMO, otherwise known as the “Fear of Missing Out”.

In general, FOMO refers to the phenomena of believing that other people are having more fun, are doing more, or are otherwise having a “better” life than you…a feeling based almost entirely upon others’ status updates and posted photos on social media like Facebook.  This phenomena is at its core pretty silly, but many folks can attest that FOMO is a legitimate point of stress for them. 

The usual definition of FOMO, I feel we can generally agree, is a pretty low-consequence problem that's easy enough to solve or to not worry about in the first place.  But when it comes to your home care agency keeping pace with and exceeding your competition, I feel that a little hint of FOMO might be a good thing.  I feel it's important to be driven to stay current with the latest Best Practices, current trends, and be aware of the best technology needed to facilitate your agency’s success.  

Granted, all this is just one person’s opinion, but to further make my case, this (rather large) infographic from Mission Safety Services, brings up three interesting points surrounding healthcare and home care, and I'll offer a 4th point just for good measure below the infographic:

Staying Current with Home Care Technology

1.)   Technology has increased our life expectancy.

2.)    Because more people are living longer lives, it means that more caregivers, healthcare professionals, and agencies are needed to care for our growing elder population.

3.)   Technology is increasingly allowing healthcare workers, and their clients or patients themselves, to more efficiently track and treat healthcare issues.  Through this tech, healthcare costs can be lowered for everyone involved.

 

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The 4th Reason to Stay Current with Home Care Tech

If your agency isn’t staying current with the latest home care and healthcare industry trends and technology, I would be willing to bet your competition is, and in that case you are missing out.

The bottom line is this, technology is allowing folks to live longer, but with that comes more need for care.  Getting in the ground floor of the increasing need for both care givers and home health aides looks to be essential to an agencies future success.  And in my humble opinion, agencies with a care transitions initiative in place have the opportunity not only for a new source of revenue, but an advantage over their competitors who don’t have one in place. 

If you're interested in learning more about software solutions for home care or for care transitions, we'd love to help!

To learn more about the opportunity to improve care and increase revenue via Care Transitions, Ankota offers a free white paper, Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry that can offer you more insight on this topic.  Just click the link or the picture below to download.

If you're interested in scheduling an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

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

Home Care Software Geek Explains "Big Data"

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 30, 2015 2:24:00 PM

Posts by Home Care Software Geek in this blog don't talk about Home Care Nursing Software, Private Duty Telephony, DME Delivery Software, Care Transitions or the other topics we focus on regularly at Ankota. Instead, these posts are intended to keep our readers up to date with technology trends that might be useful to your agencies, such as social media technologies, mobile devices, and what's happening with bigger companies like MicrosoftGoogle and Apple.

The technology industry continuously evolves and there's always a new thing that is all the rage.  Presently the new thing is "Big Data."  The Oxford English Dictionary defines big data as "data of a very large size, typically to the extent that its manipulation and management present significant logistical challenges."

The following slide from IBM puts big data in context by describing the volume of data that is being generated through normal technology-enabled communications (such as that 2.9 email messages are sent per second).

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How Does Big Data Affect Me and My Home Care Business?

Rather than explaining to you how big data works and the technologies that are emerging to deal with big data, allow me instead to focus on how big data will affect home care:

  1. Through big data analysis, it will be possible to determine the efficacy of various disease treatments as compared with the circumstances under which they are used.  This will enable better care to be provided at lower cost.

  2. Ultimately every person's DNA will be sequenced allowing individualized treatment for health conditions.

  3. Statistical information will become available for care providers enabling referral sources to choose the best provider and lowest cost.

  4. Competitors will emerge who put technology first (like Honor and CareZapp)

Big Next Steps:

Most readers of this blog are smaller companies who are not positioned to be the innovators in Big Data.  That's ok - you weren't innovators in the Cloud either but you've benefited from it.  The key is for you to start thinking about what big data will enable in home care and start adjusting now.  Here are a few steps you should be thinking about:

  • Use top quality home care software that does more than timekeeping.  Choose software that connects you to electronic referrals and electronic health records and enables new business models like care transitions.

  • Start gathering statistics on key home care metrics like hospitalizations (showing that you avoid them), readmission prevention, fall prevention and more.  These will be the differentiators in the future.

If your home care software is nothing more than a time keeping system and you want to differentiate with services like care transitions, please give Ankota a look.  We'd love to help you.

To learn more about the opportunity to improve care and increase revenue via Care Transitions, Ankota offers a free white paper, Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry that can offer you more insight on this topic.  Just click the link or the picture below to download.

If you're interested in scheduling an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

Topics: Private Duty Agency Software, Home Care Best Practices, home care software geek, Care Transitions

6 Ingredients for a Successful Care Transitions Initiative

Posted by Jed Hammel on Apr 28, 2015 11:50:00 AM

Ingedients_for_Care_Transitions_-_Ankota_Home_Care_BlogI have an acquaintance who has found success as a chef and cookbook author, recently winning TV-chef, Rachel Ray’s, “Great American Cookbook Competition.”  While that in itself is impressive, what’s even more impressive is that she started her career as a chef a mere 2 or so years ago.   Prior to starting her catering business, her interests and career aspirations were focused in areas far removed from the culinary world. 

In order to get from her previous career to that of a nationally known chef-on-the-rise, just the right ingredients needed to come together.  A combination of hard work, personal interest in cooking, innate talent, regular practice, a measure of timing, and a pinch of luck, all came together to get her to this pinnacle in her career. 

The point of telling this story is to illustrate that success is about bringing together the right combination of ingredients to reach the goals you're aiming to achieve.  In the case of implementing a Care Transitions initiative to improve care and create a new revenue stream, this statement is especially true.

Believing that a Care Transitions initiative is valuable to patients, healthcare as a whole, and to your business is just the start.  To continue the metaphor, making sure it all comes together to be successful in all those areas takes the correct “ingredients” implemented in the correct way.

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A recent article from the National Association of Home Care and Hospice, entitled, “90-Day Transition Plans: A Safer Journey to Living Safely at Home” outlines the current challenges of the process, explains what often happens currently, and suggests 5 elements, or ingredients, to a successful care transitions model.  I suggest that you give the full article a read for context, but as a start, here is the list:

5 Components of a Successful Care Transitions Model

  1. Patient-centered focus

  2. Medication management

  3. Communication and care coordination

  4. Timely follow-up by the health care team (including the primary care physician and home health agency)

  5. Patient-activated education and coaching

The 6th Component

The title of this blog post mentions 6 ingredients, so I would like to add another ingredient to a successful Care Transitions initiative:  A software solution to connect hospitals, communicate with the various stakeholders, and to manage the process from intake, visits during the 90 day episode, and through to discharge.

To learn more about the opportunity to improve care and increase revenue via Care Transitions, Ankota offers a free white paper, Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry that can offer you more insight on this topic.  Just click the link or the picture below to download.

If you're interested in scheduling an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

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

Protect and Grow Your Home Care Agency via Care Transitions

Posted by Jed Hammel on Apr 24, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Tipping-Point_Malcolm_Gladwell_Ankota_homecare_blogI’m sure many of us are familiar with Malcolm Gladwell’s seminal marketing and sales book “The Tipping Point”.  For a quick refresher: “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”

At Ankota, we believe that healthcare is at a tipping point with Care Transitions.  More specifically, that Care Transitions are a vitally important piece of “the future of healthcare” puzzle, that it provides a business opportunity, and that Home Care agencies are uniquely positioned to both provide quality care and to increase their revenue.

If you want to learn more about how you can protect and grow your agency via Care Transitions, or are ready to implement an initiative, we’ve provided 5 articles below that can help guide you through the process

Before you get to the list though, here’s further evidence that outlines the problem and the opportunity:

AmericanThe American Heart Association recently shared the results of a study on Care Transitions that concludes the following:

“Even at the highest performing hospital, discharge summary quality is insufficient in terms of timeliness, transmission, and content. Improvements in all aspects of discharge summary quality are necessary to enable the discharge summary to serve as an effective transitional care tool.”

And an article from the American College of Cardiology adds commentary on the study, keying in on this finding from the study: 

“Recognizing that there are gaps in the transition of care, the ACC’s Hospital to Home (H2H) quality improvement program was implemented to help hospitals reduce readmissions and improve transitions of care by sharing best practices and disseminating evidence-based strategies and toolkits…”

The findings illustrate the problem and point to an opportunity to create a solution, but where does home care fit in?  To answer that question, we suggest the following 5 articles on the subject: 

 5 Articles Outlining the Opportunity In Care Transitions

1.)    If you’d like a deeper dive into how much is at stake for the healthcare industry, give this article a read: 

Kaiser Shares That 2,619 Hospitals Will Be Penalized $428 Million for Readmissions

2.)    For a look at what kind of profit may be possible with a Care Transitions initiative, check out:

Care Transitions Program Delivers $3.30 for every $1 Spent

3.)    To learn about the overall need and market scale, consider this:

AARP Forecasts Significant Shortage as Baby Boomers Age

4.)    If you’re not sure if your current caregivers can provide the level of care needed to expand into Care Transitions, here's an article for you:

Proof That Non-Medical Home Care Aides Can Significantly Reduce Hospitalizations

5.)    Convinced of the opportunity your Home Care agency has with a Care Transitions as much as we are?  “What’s next” you ask?  Take a look at this article:   

2 Steps for Selling Your Home Care Agency’s Care Transition Services to Hospitals

For even more info about the opportunity in Care Transitions, Ankota offers a free white paper, Why Care Transitions Is The Next Big Thing for the Home Care Industry that can offer you more insight on this topic.  Just click the link or the picture below to download.

If you're interested in scheduling an online demo of our home care or care transitions software solutions, just click this button:

Click Here for a Free Demo

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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 Readmission avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact us.

 

 

 

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

3 Ways Your Home Care Agency can "Go Green" and Save the Environment

Posted by Ken Accardi on Apr 20, 2015 4:11:00 PM

Today's post was submitted by guest writer Beth Kelly who writes about ways that your agency can "Go Green" and be good environmental stewards.  We always talk about finding your niche and differentiating your agency, and perhaps being environmentally friendly can be a differentiation for you.  Remember that your sale is more likely to be to the adult daughter rather than the client, and if that decision maker drives a Prius, being green might seal the deal.

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We know that being a caregiver consumes takes a lot of time and energy. Caring for yourself, your family, and an older loved one is an exercise in strength, patience and ingenuity. However, the task of caring for your senior needn’t complicate any efforts to cut back on both of your carbon footprints. You can easily engage in eco-friendly, “green” living practices while still providing a high level of care, getting everyone involved in the process.

Avoid The Landfills

It was in the interest of convenience and efficiency that many caregivers first turned to synthetic incontinence pads and other artificial products. But efficiency comes at a cost. Natural gas flares cast an eerie glow across the night sky of western Texas. Albatrosses on Midway Atoll suffocate on flotsam bottle caps. Coal companies scalp 500 million-year-old Appalachian Mountains. Mother Nature is at a greater risk than ever before.

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But all this pirating could stop, beginning with a simple cloth diaper. Adult diapers constitute approximately 7 percent of all domestic landfill waste. The average user casts off 1,100 to 1,500 diapers every year. A simple solution is to use a washable cloth diaper like Eversures, an 8-hour pad like Abena or Molicare, or a booster pad. Senior care facilities can also invest in biodegradable diapers – not to mention photovoltaic panels, solar water heaters, Energy Star-certified appliances and working with environmentally friendly energy providers – with a backyard vermicomposting system to process the waste. Do that, and – poof! – 17.5 million tons of garbage disappears.

What disappears along with the trash, of course, is a certain measure of convenience. There can be no sugarcoating the fact that environmental responsibility requires some sacrifice. No more plastic Wal-Mart bags. No more McDonald's pancake breakfasts. No more toxic pesticides on lawns, house plants and shrubs.

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Yet not all green solutions require a philosophical commitment to monkhood. Consider, for instance, smart appliances, like the Chui doorbell. Using the accompanying smartphone app, caregivers can remotely monitor who enters and exits a seniors home without making extra trips and refilling the gas tank. Chui can recognize faces, play custom greetings, record video and even read QR codes. Sensors made by SmartThings can be attached to refrigerators, doors, washing machines, thermostats and other appliances to measure anything from sleeping patterns to eating habits. Even an Alzheimer's patient can live semi-independently, monitored remotely using video feed and data transcripts sent to a smartphone hub. Some tools can dispense medication on schedule and provide timetable assistance, reducing time-wasting and energy-sucking chores and commutes.

Go Old School with Natural Solutions

But the 21st century does not have a monopoly on "going green." Many senior citizens could write their own books on green living: substituting vinegar and baking soda for chemical cleaners, composting leftovers, preparing meals from scratch, sewing on patches, recycling newspapers, eating local produce and so forth. Twentieth-century Americans were excellent at repurposing and "upcycling." Old tires became flower pots. Shattered plates became garden walkway mosaic tiles. Broken desks became nightstands. The magic ingredient? Elbow grease.

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This is because people want, have always wanted, to reduce waste. According to a LiquiGlide study, 89 percent of respondents thought that the amount of sticky household products left in packaging was a "huge waste." They hated it more than going to the dentist. They hated it more than paying taxes. Almost one-third said it was "the principle of the matter" or "environmental concerns" that fed their angst. Conservation is human. Everyone appreciates the idea of a 1.0 gallon/minute low-flow showerhead, a dual-flush toilet and low-wattage LED light bulbs.

Everyone also appreciates green: real green, the fragrant type, the color from native perennials and flowering trees rather than invasive landscaping plants. Native plants often require less water, fertilizer and maintenance than their imported competitors. And so green comes full circle: Help the earth, and the earth responds in kind. Resurrect Mother Nature first, and she becomes everyone's caregiver.

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