Social Determinants of Health Are Waving Their Hands in the Air Begging to Be Noticed

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 16, 2018 at 10:26 AM

There is increasing understanding that social determinants — ranging from poverty and illiteracy to unstable housing and lack of transportation to domestic violence — create tangible barriers to wellness. Even when healthcare providers do everything right in terms of accurate medical diagnoses, proven care plans and effective care coordination, social determinants inhibit a patient’s ability to pursue and reach treatment goals.

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Topics: Barriers to Care

Care Coordination is On Many Providers' Christmas Wish Lists

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

December 23, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Across the health care industry, many providers, policymakers and IT organizations primarily focus on the “Triple Aim” of improving patient care along with the overall health of populations while simultaneously reducing the per capita cost. Yet there has been little fanfare about the provider experience. A recent article from Healthcare IT News examines how many providers are turning to a “Quadruple Aim” that also incorporates provider considerations by implementing electronic consultation and referral (eCR) systems to improve care coordination and, in turn, provide a better experience for both patients and providers. 

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Value-Based Care, Healthcare Providers

Recent Study Highlights Benefits of Nurse Navigation for Overcoming Barriers to Treatment

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

November 28, 2016 at 1:12 PM

A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute highlights the important roles nurse navigators play in patient interaction, specifically in regard to colonoscopy screenings. Many patients are often wary to undergo screening, or are simply under-informed as to its importance. The study was conducted to help improve navigators’ abilities to reduce these and other barriers to colonoscopy access in a medically disadvantaged population. The researchers conducting the survey spoke to the study’s importance across the health industry, not solely oncology, writing:

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care

Advancing Beyond Patient Engagement to Behavior Change

Posted by Brent Walker

July 13, 2016 at 1:40 PM

It’s a Brave New World in medicine, evolving under the increasing influence of consumerism and the rise of value-based payment models. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is further catalyzing this trend, basing reimbursement for care given to federally covered patients on medical outcomes, patient satisfaction and keeping patients from readmitting to the hospital.

While physician incentives are changing, success also depends largely on whether patients follow through on recommendations, prescriptions and lifestyle changes. The excellent care delivered within the walls of a practice or hospital may not follow patients once they are home and left to their own devices. It is critical that patients understand what they need to do to get and stay healthy, and to be motivated to take these steps. That’s why patient engagement is so important.

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Topics: outcomes data, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Patient Engagement, Value-Based Care

Three Reasons to Be Excited About Journey Connections

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

July 12, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Cancer takes its toll both physically and emotionally on patients, as well as their friends and family. That is why a holistic approach to care leads to better outcomes – and why care coordination is so important. It helps people with cancer deal with factors beyond treatment, including practical matters (like finances and transportation) and the emotional support that is necessary for full recovery.

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Topics: patient satisfaction, oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Patient Engagement

Healthcare Survey Finds Gaps in Information Sharing

Posted by Cordata Health

June 27, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Another industry study demonstrates the clear need for integrated care coordination and better technology that enables communication between healthcare providers.

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Topics: EHRs, oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Chronic Care, EMR

Five Exciting Things About the Cordata-PatientBond Partnership

Posted by Gary Winzenread

May 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Cordata just announced an exciting new partnership with PatientBond. Now available through our multi-specialty care coordination platform, PatientBond’s software helps hospitals and health systems automate and personalize communications, such as appointment and medication reminders, based on patient preferences. 

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Patient Engagement, Exception Management, PatientBond

Can care coordination improve spine surgical conversion rates?

Posted by Cordata Health

May 9, 2016 at 2:28 PM

Gary Winzenread, CEO and President of Cordata Healthcare Innovations, recently contributed an article to Becker’s Spine Review. The article, “Improving spine surgical conversion rates with care coordination,” highlights the benefits of care coordination, specifically intake coordination, for patients and physicians.

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Topics: ROI, Cordata Spine, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Patient Intake

General Care Coordination in Oncology: Is Your CoC Accreditation at Risk?

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 2, 2016 at 6:30 AM

As more hospital systems seek to build out their capabilities for inpatient care coordination, oncology service lines are being asked to use the modules provided by large EMR providers (Epic, Cerner, etc.) to navigate cancer patients. In some cases, there is pressure to replace specialty care coordination solutions that are designed to the unique needs of oncology patients and may have been in place for years.

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Topics: EHRs, health IT, CoC, oncology, Meaningful Use, Navigation & Care Coordination, Certification & Accreditation, Barriers to Care

A Bridge to the Human Side of Healthcare: My Father Needs Care Coordination

Posted by Gary Winzenread

February 16, 2016 at 6:30 AM

In talking to my father recently about his health, I realized just how important care coordination is to the human side of healthcare. In this case, I’m not talking about the rising need for care coordinators in geriatrics or the highly trained care coordinators and nurse navigators who help oncology patients deal with both the logistical and emotional aspects of their treatment. Rather I’m also talking about what we might call the “human factors” in healthcare, those uniquely personal barriers that can challenge good clinical and business outcomes.

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Topics: patient education, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Treatment Plans

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