Articles on Health Care Reform

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Inappropriate Home Health Referrals and Billing Lead to Convictions

By | on 27, Mar 2014 |   Home Care Industry Elderly Care Health Care Reform Home Healthcare Delivery Management

At Ankota, we believe that home care should play a vital and increasing role in health care reform.  Keeping elderly and fragile patients out of the hospital and in their homes can greatly reduce heal[...]

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A Silver Lining for HME Providers per Dave Cormack, Brightree Chief

By | on 05, Aug 2013 |   HME Delivery Operations HME Delivery Software Elderly Care Health Care Reform HME DME

Brightree is a leading provider of software for DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Providers.  Their software manages orders, billing, inventory management, and fulfillment for retail and home delivery D[...]

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CMS Penalties for Avoidable Readmissions Have Started

By | on 02, Oct 2012 |   Health Care Reform Care Coordination transitional care Will Hicklen Accountable Care Organizations Avoidable Readmissions ACO Managing Post Acute Care

The entire healthcare world has known for a long time that yesterday was coming: the day that CMS started penalizing hospitals for what are called avoidable readmissions. That's right--THAT just happe[...]

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Will You Survive All The Home Health Changes?

By | on 18, Sep 2012 |   Home Care Best Practices Health Care Reform Will Hicklen Care Transitions Physical Therapy software ACO

As readers of Ankota's blog will attest, we're not above borrowing a good article from someone else when we see it. We'll share it with the world if we like it. This post is an refreshing reminder abo[...]

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Care Coordination and Checklists are How We Heal Health Care

By | on 09, Jul 2012 |   Health Care Reform Care Coordination Checklists Video Learning

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 ye[...]

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If Home Care Gets Involved in Bundled Payments Does it Work?

By | on 09, Dec 2011 |   Elderly Care Health Care Reform Care Coordination transitional care Accountable Care Organizations ACO ACO Technology

Our friends at Boyd & Nicholas, "The Cost Report People" provide a weekly newsletter that is a nice overview of issues affecting home care.  This week they included a nice summary of a story in Health[...]

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ACO's - Final Regulation​s Issued: Home Care Coordination Needed

By | on 21, Oct 2011 |   Home Care Industry Health Care Reform Home Care Accountable Care Organizations ACO ACO Technology

Elizabeth Hogue has shared with us a nice summary of the final regulations defining Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  We include her write-up in its entirety below.  The piece that gets us most [...]

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

By | on 09, Aug 2011 |   Home Care Industry Elderly Care Health Care Reform Care Coordination HME Checklists

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, t[...]

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Selling Home Health to Hospitals, ACOs & Other Healthcare Facilities

By | on 19, May 2011 |   Home Care Entrepreneurship Elderly Care Home Care Best Practices Health Care Reform thought leadership

Hospitals and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are offering new opportunities for partnerships with home health care organizations, but in order to capitalize, your organization needs to learn ho[...]

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Scientists Acknowledge the Need for Home Health Care

By | on 13, Dec 2010 |   Senior Demographics Home Care Industry Health Care Reform thought leadership Home Care Technology

With the population aging and the ability to treat more diseases, the world is waking up to the fact that health care delivery will need to change.  A lot of what we hear in the news is motivated by p[...]

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Maryland National Capital Home Care Assocation Conference Photo Album

By | on 18, Nov 2010 |   Home Care Industry Elderly Care Health Care Reform Video

MNCHA, the Maryland National Capital Home Care Association, held their annual meeting on September 15th and 16th at the Turf Valley Resolrt and Conference Center in Ellicott City Maryland.  Ankota bro[...]

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Ankota Guest Blogger Sherri Dorfman discusses the Silver Tsunami

By | on 29, Sep 2010 |   Senior Demographics Home Care Industry Elderly Care Health Care Reform Aging in Place Technology

One of the people who helped to organize last weeks session on the Silver Tsunami was Sherri Dorfman, from Stepping Stone Partners.  She shared with me some great insights from her blog and I share th[...]

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