Empowering Patients to Engage and Follow Care Plans Post Discharge

Posted by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA on 4/11/16 9:00 AM

As health care has evolved, the patient’s role in following his or her care plan after discharge has increased, and hospitals need to find ways to help patients help themselves. According to The Advisory Board Company’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey, 45 percent of hospital executives are interested in identifying patient engagement strategies. It’s no secret that engaging patients in their care is essential to care quality, increasing patient satisfaction and, ultimately, achieving positiveoutcomes. However, when the patient leaves the hospital it can be a challenge to sustain patient engagement, especially when it comes to maintaining communication and overseeing care continuity.

Though patient and family engagement can be tough once a patient is out of sight, there are ways to facilitate communication, continue oversight and ensure patients follow established care plans.

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Topics: Care Transitions, Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Outcomes

Focus on Medication Management Translates to Real Dollars, and Real Sense

Posted by Wayne Sensor on 6/23/15 3:00 PM

Medication adherence is key to reducing 30-day readmissions and return ER visits

A recent article in H&HN Daily tells the story of Chicago-based Mercy Hospital & Medical Center and its quest to maintain better medical oversight of patients being discharged.

For organizations such as Mercy, who serve an estimated 300,000 at-risk, uninsured patients, the need to create innovative programs to help reduce readmissions is rooted in their very mission, but also in the practical realities of today’s health reform. Increasing penalties for avoidable readmissions is an outcropping of the Affordable Care Act and finding ways to reduce repeat emergency room visits that result in readmission translates into real dollars and cents.

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Topics: Healthcare Reform, Care Transitions, Patient Outcomes, Healthcare Technology Solutions, Reducing Readmissions