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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

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

Care Coordination Quality Measures: A List of NQF Endorsements

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

August 25, 2017 at 7:25 AM

Accurately assessing care quality is a tricky task. The number of quality measures to choose from for reporting can seem overwhelming. And attempting to sift through them all can be an even tougher undertaking. Because the standards for quantifying quality come from many sources, it’s often challenging to figure out which are the best fit for your specialty, or lead to the most meaningful improvement.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Outcomes

To Better Serve Patients With Cancer, Navigators Need Better Systems

Posted by Cordata Health

August 23, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Navigators are a critical piece of oncology care. But many of their systems are lagging in efficiency and quality, hurting both patients and hospital processes. Cordata’s Oncology National Accounts Advisor Cam McClellan Teems recently authored a guest post for Oncology Nurse Advisor highlighting this need for improved systems and interoperability for all involved in the care team.

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Topics: outcomes data, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Outcomes

Five Trends Affecting Cancer Care

Posted by Cordata Health

August 22, 2017 at 11:35 AM

The oncology treatment landscape is continuously shifting. Along with new discoveries and innovations consistently popping up, overarching trends in the health care industry are bound to affect the way we address cancer treatment.

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Topics: reimbursement, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Value-Based Care

New CMS Initiative Aims to Boost Coordination

Posted by Cordata Health

July 19, 2017 at 3:21 PM

This past March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative to increase awareness of its program focused on care coordination. Called Connected Care, the program aims to increase the number of providers billing for coordinated care services. Coordination improves outcomes for those with chronic conditions. Naturally, incentives to provide these services should increase their adoption and lead to more effective coordination and, ultimately, better outcomes.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Chronic Care, Value-Based Care, CMS, Patient Outcomes

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