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

How to Succeed with Bundled Payments

Posted by Cordata Health

January 23, 2017 at 3:16 PM

While bundled payments promise cost reductions and better quality care, simply adopting them within a pre-existing structure will not magically fix every problem providers and healthcare organizations face. The implementation and management process when adopting new payment models is vital to ensuring their success. Getting those steps right sets the stage for continued benefits down the road for both patients and providers.

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Topics: outcomes data, Navigation & Care Coordination, Bundled Payments

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

The Most Dangerous Communications Problem for Hospitals?

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

June 1, 2016 at 5:17 PM

A new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine Communication confirms the common occurrence of communication breakdowns between hospital discharge and outpatient follow-up. The study also outlined the significant risks (such as overlooked test results and increased readmissions) these breakdowns present, and how “gaps in information-sharing” are often the cause.

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Topics: patient tracking, outcomes data, Navigation & Care Coordination

GI Oncology Navigation Delivers Results

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

May 10, 2016 at 1:32 PM

At the 2nd annual Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit, Teresa Labovich, MSN, RN, OCN, of Penrose Cancer Center, a hospital-based community cancer center located in Colorado Springs, gave a presentation covering quality of care indicators based on evidence and national standards. The presentation also described how her multi-disciplinary care team took specific actions designed to improve both the quality and timeliness of care for GI oncology patients.

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Topics: ROI, oncology, outcomes data, Navigation & Care Coordination

CIOs Who Get It: Clinical Input and Patient Focus Must Guide IT Decisions

Posted by Gary Winzenread

April 4, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Given the fast-and-furious pace of change in healthcare IT and the craze for consolidation around multi-million dollar EMR systems, it’s refreshing to come across hospital CIOs who get the strategic big-picture. Consider these two perspectives.                                                                                            

Sue Schade, the CIO at University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, OH, believes a “holistic approach” and a focus on patient engagement and better patient outcomes are essential to getting more value from healthcare technology investments. Without those, there is real risk of wasting tech dollars. The key is to recognize that all healthcare technology – from EMRs to mobile apps – must be evaluated in terms of its ability to drive better patient experience and better outcomes:

“Making the appointment, checking in, checking out, handling your co-pay, and getting referrals scheduled should be simple, consistent and, most importantly, patient centered.”

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Topics: ROI, EHRs, health IT, outcomes data, electronic medical record

What’s In a Name: General, Inpatient Care Coordination vs. Outpatient, Specialty Care Coordination

Posted by Gary Winzenread

February 29, 2016 at 1:32 PM

The other day, during a conversation with two directors of care coordination from two different, large hospital systems, our team had an epiphany about the aggressive market movement to invest in care coordination. As its value has become clearer in the era of Meaningful Use and pay-for-performance, care coordination has become something of an industry buzzword. And like a lot of buzzwords, it’s being applied loosely and liberally, leading to some miscommunication in the market place.  

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Topics: outcomes data, Meaningful Use, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Value-Based 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

Your Commission on Cancer Accreditation and Cordata Oncology

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

June 4, 2015 at 8:17 AM

More and more our new clients are expressing what is driving them to Cordata in 2015: their Commission on Cancer accreditation.  We know that your accreditation, whether you are maintaining it or are pursuing it - is paramount to you, your leadership, and your community.

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Topics: survivorship, outcomes data, Industry News, Certification & Accreditation

Improving Healthcare Technology: How to Get Beyond “Bad Tech”

Posted by Tom Hammergren

June 2, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Everyone agrees that technology is critical to the future of healthcare – both to delivering better outcomes to people who need treatment and to managing the business of healthcare more effectively. Why then does technology often feel more like a problem than a solution?

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Topics: financial data, EHRs, outcomes data, electronic medical record, Navigation & Care Coordination

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