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3 Ways Embedded Case Managers Can Support the Hospital Discharge

Ensuring that patients understand their discharge instructions and can afford their medications are two ways embedded case managers can support the hospital discharge, says Irene Zolotorofe, RN, MS, MSN, and administrative director of clinical operations at Bon Secours Health System. … finish reading 3 Ways Embedded Case Managers Can Support the Hospital Discharge

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Case Managers Coach Patients on Readmission ‘Red Flags’

Seeing patients within seven days of hospital discharge is key to avoiding “red flags” that can land that patient back in the hospital, says Dr. Randall Krakauer, MD, national Medicare medical director for Aetna. Red flags can range from patients … finish reading Case Managers Coach Patients on Readmission ‘Red Flags’

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6 Key Telehealth Trends

Remotely monitoring discharged patients through videoconferencing was among the top trends for telehealth in 2013, according to the results of the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s Telehealth survey. Respondents reported improved communication and greater effectiveness in monitoring patients with chronic diseases including … finish reading 6 Key Telehealth Trends

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New Hospital to Home Initiative Improves Strategies to Prevent Readmissions

Participation in a new hospital to home quality improvement initiative has helped to improve hospital readmission strategies, including tracking discharged patients and partnering with local hospitals, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from the American College … finish reading New Hospital to Home Initiative Improves Strategies to Prevent Readmissions

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Intensive Care Units Do Better Under Pressure: Study

Busy ICUs discharge patients more quickly than usual, but they do so without compromising patient care and outcomes, suggesting that low-value extensions of ICU stays are minimized during times of increased ICU capacity strain, according to a new study from … finish reading Intensive Care Units Do Better Under Pressure: Study

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Patient Contact Pre- and Post-Hospitalization Significantly Lowers Hospital Readmission Rates

Personal contact with patients during care transitions — before and after their hospital discharge — significantly reduced readmission rates, according to a study conducted by the Bronx Collaborative, a group of hospitals and health insurers in the Bronx, N.Y. Among … finish reading Patient Contact Pre- and Post-Hospitalization Significantly Lowers Hospital Readmission Rates

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3 Steps to Improve Hospital Discharges

Getting patients back in for follow-up appointments within five to seven days of hospital discharge is key in preventing unnecessary readmissions, explains Irene Zolotorofe, administrative director of clinical operations at Bon Secours Health System. Medication reconciliation is also a crucial … finish reading 3 Steps to Improve Hospital Discharges

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Walgreens Pharmacist-Based Discharge Services Help to Reduce Readmissions

A new pharmacist-based transition of care program brings hospitals and health systems together with Walgreens in a coordinated care model designed to reduce readmission rates and overall healthcare costs, while improving patient health outcomes and medication adherence, according to Walgreens. … finish reading Walgreens Pharmacist-Based Discharge Services Help to Reduce Readmissions

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Hospitals Focus on Care Transitions to Curb Excessive Readmissions

As CMS prepares to impose penalties next month for what it deems ‘excessive’ hospital readmission rates, 75 percent of healthcare companies have launched programs to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. The Healthcare Intelligence Network annual survey on Reducing Readmissions documented the … finish reading Hospitals Focus on Care Transitions to Curb Excessive Readmissions

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13 Ways to Engage PCPs in Reducing Avoidable ER Utilization

Locating case managers in the ER, and ensuring that follow-up PCP appointments are scheduled and kept are two of the steps healthcare organizations are taking to engage PCPs in efforts to reduce avoidable use of the hospital ER, say respondents … finish reading 13 Ways to Engage PCPs in Reducing Avoidable ER Utilization

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