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Care Coordination Roundtable Recap

Posted by Cordata Health

April 6, 2018 at 8:41 AM

Cordata recently held the first in a series of webinars bringing together leading voices in care coordination to discuss its application across the healthcare landscape. The discussion featured Stefani Daniels, RN, MSNA, CMAC, ACM, founder and managing partner of Phoenix Medical Management, along with Ellis “Mac” Knight, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Coker Group and Kimberly Zukowski, LMSW, CCM, Director of Care Coordination at WellStar Health System.

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Topics: CoC, case management, care coordination, patient advocacy

Pivotal Distress Screening Adherence is a Key Cost Container

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

August 3, 2017 at 10:15 AM

It’s easy to overlook important information when a patient is first diagnosed — many factors could easily lead to hospital readmission after initial treatment. And for cancer patients, there is an especially high risk for distress-related comorbidities. While chronic pain is a common problem for survivors, addressing psychological factors also plays a large role in recovery. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network shows that in a two-month period following screening for distress, adherence to screening protocols led to fewer emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

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Topics: CoC, operational metrics, Cancer Management, Screening, Patient Outcomes

Oncology Medical Home Accreditation Update: Two Years In

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 10, 2017 at 9:45 AM

In 2015, we blogged about the Oncology Medical Home (OMH) Pilot Program kicking off at the Commission on Cancer (CoC). After two years, we thought it would be a great time for an update on what has been going on!

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Topics: CoC, OMH

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

The Oncology Medical Home is Here: 8 Tips for Achieving Accreditation

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

February 18, 2016 at 7:00 AM

In 2015, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) completed an initial OMH pilot and accredited nine practices. In January 2016, the CoC conducted additional pilot surveys as part of the OMH accreditation process. The two key expenses targeted by most OMH plans are:

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Topics: CoC, outcomes data, Navigation & Care Coordination, Certification & Accreditation

Should All Patients Go Through Tumor Board?

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM

We all agree that the primary goal of a tumor board is to improve the care of oncology patients through the exchange of information among participating physicians.  The meeting of the tumor board - is an environment in which the physicians can take advantage of the expertise of their colleagues, expand their knowledge base, and improve the care of patients.  The Commission on Cancer Standard E3 (Cancer Conference Policy) supports such collegial and patient best-practice activity.  In most cases, not all patients have their cases reviewed prospectively in this setting.

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Topics: CoC

The 3 Essential Reports Your Cancer Center Needs

Posted by Katrina Clement

August 22, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Reports
There are three categories of reports that cancer centers should review on a monthly basis: accreditation, operational and financial. Cancer centers with navigation programs often find it easiest to produce accreditation reports; however, operational and financial reports are just as critical to running a successful cancer program. Cancer centers that effectively create each of these reports will find it easier to: justify new hires, understand the inefficiencies within their programs and achieve necessary accreditations. All of this leads to quality patient care.

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Topics: Katrina Clement, Cordata Health, NQMBC, CoC, oncology, Oncology Ontrack, Reporting/Analytics, Certification & Accreditation

Why Interface Your Navigation Software?

Posted by Cordata Health

February 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Nurse On Computer
I have previously blogged about the types of interfaces we have created with Oncology OnTrack. I am returning to this topic today because interfacing is so important for top-tier navigation software tools and I would like to give patient navigators real-life examples of how interfaces can impact their daily operations.

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Topics: interface, Cordata Health, NQMBC, CoC, Oncology Ontrack, Navigation & Care Coordination, Certification & Accreditation

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