Recruiting and Retaining Staff for Success

There’s a growing demand for skilled clinicians and caregivers across the entirety of healthcare as our population ages and requires more services. Organizations are in fierce competition with each other not only for hiring, but also for retaining the most qualified professionals in the field. In order to be successful, organizations need to evaluate their teams to determine if they have the right players on the roster and work on steps to keep them satisfied and content enough to stick…

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Netsmart Talks Post-Acute Legislative and Policy Advocacy with Home Care and Long-Term Care Associations

Fast-evolving convergence in healthcare was the common theme of recent Netsmart public policy advocacy meetings with key national home care and long-term care (senior living) associations in Washington. Netsmart Executive Vice President Kevin Scalia, Industry Relations Strategist Dave Kishler and Post-acute Strategy and Solutions Team Members Teresa Craig, Jeremy Mercer and Robert Love met with five key associations representing post-acute providers: the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), LeadingAge, ElevatingHOME and…

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One Organization’s Journey to Whole-person Care: Landis Communities

Ensuring that an individual’s needs are met across various areas of care can be complex and overwhelming, but with correct tools in place, organizations can achieve whole-person care and do it well. Facilitating interoperability between care providers is key and necessitates the need for investing in the right technology to make it happen. Eva Bering is vice president of operations at Landis Communities, a five-star, full service, live-at-home facility in Lititz, Penn. It offers a 114-acre continuing care retirement community…

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other … Or Is It?

Over the last 50 years, Netsmart has been recognized as a leader in electronic health records (EHR), integration and automation for the behavioral health and social services communities. Over the last two years, I’ve often been asked, why did we decide to bring that experience and expertise to post-acute providers? There are quite a few reasons why we decided to move into the post-acute community. On the surface, behavioral health, post-acute and social services communities may seem completely different, but…

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Tracing the Path to Whole-person Care

Whole-person care is the coordination of health, behavioral health and social services with the goals of improving outcomes and making more efficient use of resources. But how does it work in practice across the post-acute and human services communities? Let’s take a look at what’s driving whole-person care, similarities between post-acute care and human services providers and explore preliminary results from programs that are already in place. Healthcare Costs Are Rising at Unsustainable Rates And the biggest chunk of the…

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Q & A: How Health Systems View Value-based Care

As payment models and risk continue to shift, health systems are looking to post-acute providers to provide transparency and data to support referral relationships and reduce readmission rates. Do you have the right technology in place to support value-based care initiatives? Gene Huang, vice president of business development at Remedy Partners shares his thoughts. Q. How do health systems view the delivery of value-based care? A. The answer to that question depends on whom you ask. Hospital and health system…

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Hospice: Hope in the Changing World of Healthcare

More than 1 million people each year have to make a life-changing decision: continue intensive treatment to fight a chronic illness or pursue the best quality of life possible in their final months, weeks, or days. When faced with this scenario, most people would prefer to stop intensive treatment and be kept comfortable at home, surrounded by their loved ones. In fact, seven out of 10 Americans say they would prefer to die at home, according to a CNN poll,…

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Home Healthcare: A Focus in Today’s Healthcare Environment

They say that “home is where the heart is,” but now, home is where healthcare is, too. In the United States, the home care industry serves about 8.6 million patients, including primary care, pre-acute care intervention, post-acute care services and hospice and palliative care. There are also more than one million home health and hospice employees serving these patients. Home healthcare services, one piece of the home care industry pie, is not just the fastest growing industry in healthcare, but…

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Post-acute Strategy: Using Technology to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Post-acute care has long been a fragmented sector of healthcare. In a recent report, a physician executive referred to it as “an archipelago of little islands.”1 But the disconnect between post-acute care and other care providers is becoming less distinct. Payer requirements and the trend toward shared risk payment models are driving health systems and hospitals to narrow their preferred partners lists and forge referral relationships with organizations that can help them save money, reduce potential penalties and improve patient…

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Value-Based Care: Building a Strategy for Improved Outcomes and Lower Costs

With healthcare making a shift from episodic to continuous, whole-person care, providers are focusing more on delivering the right care in the right acuity setting and in the most cost effective way. Organizations across the country are evaluating everything from their workflows and processes to their technology and network partnerships to make sure that they have what it takes to be successful in this new landscape. As a post-acute provider, where does your organization sit when it comes to making…

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