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Care Coordination: 2017 in Review

Posted by Cordata Health

January 9, 2018 at 2:02 PM

A Year of Deeper Understanding on the Value of Care Coordination and Management

Saying that 2017 was a busy and consequential year in healthcare would be an understatement. Digital health technology proliferated at an incredible rate. Providers are still figuring out how to adjust to the new mandates for physician reimbursement in Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s (MACRA). The Affordable Care Act was under constant fire from the new administration, with the Republican tax plan effectively eliminating the individual mandate. And value-based care continued to dominate discussions about the future of treatment.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Value-Based Care, MACRA

Alzheimer’s Care Management Modeled After Oncology

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

December 7, 2017 at 7:30 AM

An innovative program piloted by Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors (RURCBOG) in collaboration with Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. is applying the principles of patient navigation to Alzheimer’s care, providing much-needed support for patients and their caregivers.

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Topics: oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination

More Evidence of the Power of Nurse Navigation

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

December 5, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Darcy Burbage, Supportive and Palliative Care Nurse Navigator & Oncology Nursing Advocate at Christiana Care Health System, spoke recently at The National Cancer Policy Forum public workshop. Her presentation – which was titled Establishing Effective Patient Navigation Programs in Oncology – examined the optimal conditions and components of successful patient navigation programs. 
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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination

The Expanding World for Care Coordination and Nurse Navigation

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

November 20, 2017 at 2:45 PM

The world of nurse navigation is growing and changing.  If you go to job site indeed.com and search "Nurse Navigator" you’ll see:

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination

Patient Financial Toxicity Webinar Attendee Questions and Answers

Posted by Cordata Health

November 17, 2017 at 1:55 PM

We recently hosted a webinar featuring Dan Sherman with the NaVectis Group. The webinar focused on How to Navigate Patient Financial Toxicity. Financial toxicity is one of the newest side effects of complex disease (cancer, chronic heart failure, stroke, etc) treatment for both patients and programs. With a growing underinsured patient population and rising costs of care, the need to prepare patients for financial burdens is crucial. Benefit from the latest trends, effective practices, and strategies to better position your program to support patients as they deal with the financial issues surrounding complex disease diagnosis and treatment.

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Topics: Financial Toxicity

The Stats Don’t Lie – So Why Aren’t More Providers on Board with Navigation?

Posted by Cordata Health

November 10, 2017 at 12:20 PM

We’ve known for a long time that quality navigation improves outcomes for providers and patients. Yet navigation is still underutilized across many specialties, not to mention among general care providers. And that leads to higher costs – especially when it comes to the emergency department (ED).

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Patient Outcomes

Transitional Care May Be the Brass Ring in Lowering Cost of Care

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

November 7, 2017 at 3:01 PM

Transitional care has been around for eons. Long before there were nurse navigators or care managers or care coordinators, there were nurses assisting patients and their care givers with discharge from the hospital after an event like surgery or an observational stay. They helped them change back into street clothes from their gown, provided education on their surgical incisions, made recommendations of community resources, gave medication instructions, and reminders of followup provider visits. Then, this care evolved to help patients at other pivotal moments in their care - such as...

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Outcomes, Transitional Care

How Oncology Patients Can Navigate Financial Toxicity

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

November 6, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Cordata recently hosted a webinar addressing the financial toxicity that’s endemic to today’s healthcare system. Financial toxicity is often associated with oncology due to both the severity of a cancer diagnosis and the high – and sometimes stratospheric – cost of treatment.

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Topics: oncology, Financial Toxicity

Cancer and Depression: Managing a Common Comorbidity

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 19, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Depression is one of the most common comorbidities after a cancer diagnosis. That’s no wonder. The severity of the disease, the impact on family members, the difficulty of treatment regimens, uncertain outcomes, the financial strain and other factors can lead to depression or exacerbate existing depression. The depression is easy to overlook when other symptoms – such as sleep problems, weight loss or pain – are more severe.

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Topics: Cancer Management

What Oncology Bundled Payments Will Look Like

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Value-based payment models continue to gain traction across specialties, leading many to wonder what shape they will take in oncology. Experts seem to think that they might look at lot like episode-specific payments. Lindsay Conway, managing director at the Advisory Board, thinks that the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s pilot with UnitedHealthcare sets a good example for bundles in cancer.

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Topics: oncology, Bundled Payments

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