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