What is Specialty Care Coordination? And Why Is It Important to the C-Suite?

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 19, 2017 at 11:43 AM

Despite the ample evidence in favor of coordinated care’s impact on positive patient outcomes, many C-suite leaders see implementing care coordination services as a risky move. This often boils down to financial worries, as well as unclear understanding of the potential cost–benefit ratio. Yet as the industry moves further toward a value-based ecosystem, executives need to realize that care coordination is actually a driver of higher quality and lower cost care.

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

Still Thinking Oncology Care Coordination Is Too Expensive - Think Again

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

February 6, 2017 at 4:24 PM

From 2013 to 2015, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System hired non-licensed staff to help high-cost and high-risk cancer patients navigate the medical system and their treatments as part of their Patient Care Connect Program (PCCP). The patient navigators specifically linked patients with resources, improved care coordinated, anticipated their health needs, and encouraged patients to play a more active role in healthcare decision-making.

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Topics: ROI, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination

The Care Coordination Value Proposition

Posted by Cordata Health

October 24, 2016 at 10:06 AM

A recent study has found that care coordination is critical to managing healthcare costs, especially relative to complex patients.

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Topics: ROI, health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Chronic Care

Bundled Payment or Capitation? Care Coordination is Essential to Both

Posted by Gary Winzenread

August 8, 2016 at 11:33 AM

A recent set of articles in Harvard Business Review, How to Pay for Healthcare, has attracted a lot of attention in the industry lately. One of the articles, by Michael E. Porter and Robert S. Kaplan, makes a strong case that bundled payments are the answer for reducing costs and improving quality; the other piece, by Brent C. James, MD, and Gregory P. Poulsen, argues that capitated models are the better option.

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

Cordata Featured in Cincinnati Business Courier

Posted by Cordata Health

June 8, 2016 at 4:39 PM

The Cincinnati Business Courier recently featured Cordata Healthcare Innovations in a story about the company’s partnership with PatientBond. The piece highlights how Cordata users can now take advantage of personalized and automated communications (including emails, texts and phone calls) to track patients at risk of missing appointments, not taking their medicines or otherwise deviating from their care plans.

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Topics: ROI, CEO, Patient Engagement, Chronic Care

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

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

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

Five Megatrends Driving the Adoption of Care Coordination

Posted by Gary Winzenread

February 5, 2016 at 6:30 AM

  1. The continuing rise of value-based care: What Harvard Business Review once called the “the strategy that will fix healthcare” will continue gaining traction as more hospitals and healthcare organizations adopt value-based payment models for larger pieces of their business and more specialties. With more revenue at risk, executives will seek management techniques and operational models that can improve both effectiveness and efficiency. Care coordination is proven to do both.
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Topics: ROI, EHRs, health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Barriers to Care, Healthcare, Patient Engagement, Population Health

Care Coordination Plus: Increasing the Value with Technology and Treatment Plans

Posted by Gary Winzenread

January 15, 2016 at 6:00 AM

A couple of recent news items highlight how care coordination is especially powerful when combined with strong technology and multi-dimensional treatment plans. In other words, the benefits of care coordination are multiplied when hospital systems use it in the context of other initiatives and as a complement to technology, organization and process changes.

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Topics: ROI, health IT, Navigation & Care Coordination, Technology, Treatment Plans, ACE 2016

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