AHIP National Health Policy Conference 2017

HealthBI will be attending the AHIP’s 2017 National Health Policy Conference in Washington D.C. from March 8th through March 9th. As a leader in bringing health plans and providers in alignment for improved patient outcomes, HealthBI is excited to be a part of AHIP’s National Health Policy Conference. Continue reading “AHIP National Health Policy Conference 2017” »

Readmissions Penalties Get Very, Very Real

By: Mark Hagland

It was quite bracing to read the August 3 Kaiser Health News report entitled “Half of Nation’s Hospitals Fail Again to Escape Medicare’s Readmission Penalties.” As Jordan Rau wrote in the article, “Once again, the majority of the nation’s hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge—this time losing a combined $420 million, government records show. In the fourth year of federal readmission penalties,” Rau reported, “2,592 hospitals will receive lower payments for every Medicare patient that stays in the hospital—readmitted or not –starting in October. The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, created by the Affordable Care Act, was designed to make hospitals pay closer attention to what happens to their patients after they get discharged. Since the fines began,” he added, “national readmission rates have dropped, but roughly one of every five Medicare patients sent to the hospital ends up returning within a month.”
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Health BI to Demo Population Health Management Solutions at Western States Health-e Summit

Health BI, the leading Population Health Management solution and service provider will demonstrate the HealthCollaborate™ PHM solution at the upcoming Western States Health-e Connection Summit and Trade Show in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 3rd at booth 21 at the Scottsdale Hilton Resort. Continue reading “Health BI to Demo Population Health Management Solutions at Western States Health-e Summit” »

Allscripts Integrates with HealthCollaborate Care Transitions Application

Providerimagess who are using Allscripts EHRs can now seamlessly integrate patient data with Health BI’s HealthCollaborate care transitions management solution. The integration supports automation, transparency and accountability per evidence-based care transition protocols. The results are efficient tracking of patient appointment compliance, reduced number of days to complete post-discharge appointments, advanced notification of no-shows, and rapid interventions.
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Care Transition Transformation Is Here!

Can inpatient and outpatient healthcare providers, operating on disparate EHR platforms, efficiently and effectively exchange clinical information to transition patients to deliver the appropriate care in the right setting? Can payors promptly navigate their members between care settings, support providers with historical claims and clinical patient data, generate risk stratification and ensure that members are following evidence-based and cost-effective guidelines as they transition? Continue reading “Care Transition Transformation Is Here!” »

Automated post-discharge assessment calls put huge dent in costly readmissions

“High-risk patients are most vulnerable within the first 72 hours after discharge, yet patients are too often discharged from hospitals without follow-ups,” says general surgeon, Dr. Ali Ghazanfari.

 
Patient transitions from the hospital to the outpatient setting involve not only changes to the physicians providing care but also diet, medications and potentially complex drug therapies, exercise, and social factors. All of these changes make the early post-discharge period a vulnerable phase.

 

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As a result, post-discharge assessments with 72 hours of discharge are now deemed an essential component of the treatment of the patients hospitalized for heart failure and other serious conditions.

 

A quick patient assessment call can greatly reduce hospital readmissions. The assessment can catch potential red flags, notify healthcare professionals and initiate rapid intervention to help avoid the need for the re-hospitalization. For example, knowing that the patient is feeling worse, not taking prescribed medications, or just has a question can prompt healthcare provider actions to produce more favorable patient outcomes.

 
The HealthCollaborate Transitional Care Management Solution includes an automated post-discharge assessment IVR module which contacts patients or patients’ caregivers to quickly assess progress. The assessment determines if the patient needs additional patient education, medication review, or just has a question. The HealthCollaborate BI engine analyzes assessment results and sends notifications to the care team if immediate intervention is required.

 
Automated post-discharge assessment calls subsequent to a hospital discharge help reduce preventable hospital readmissions, thereby minimizing the considerable costs associated with those readmissions. Furthermore, the automated post-discharge assessment calls help hospitals and service providers to cover more lives with less resources.

 
Health BI’s HealthCollaborate™ is an end-to-end Transitional Care Management Solution that enables healthcare providers and Health Plans to coordinate, manage and monitor transitions of care for patients from hospitals to multiple post-acute care settings.

Good Samaritan Hospital Selects Health BI’s HealthCollaborate™ Care Transition Management Application to Improve Population Health

Vincennes, IN – May 5, 2014 – Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH), an award-winning 232-bed community health care facility located in Vincennes, Indiana, has selected Health BI’s HealthCollaborate™ Transitional Care Management solution to achieve advances in discharge and aftercare processes. GSH will implement a blend of existing best practices along with HealthCollaborate™ solution capabilities to engage and monitor discharged patients while realizing care coordination efficiencies and improved patient outcomes. HealthCollaborate™ is expected to improve care efficiency by replacing traditionally siloed processes with standard, streamlined, and automated workflows. GSH care managers will have a single dashboard with patient queues to help prioritize activities and quickly identify necessary interventions. Data analytics will provide insight into understanding high-risk patients and help form strategies to address any identified gaps in care.

 

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“HealthCollaborate™ will provide transparency across care settings and support patient interventions sooner rather than later. The solution will enable our care teams to deliver evidence-based care more efficiently and the result will be safer and healthier patients after hospital care,” said Mickey Pagan, Director of Integrated Health Delivery at Good Samaritan Hospital.

 

This decision to select Health BI and HealthCollaborate™ was made after a comprehensive review and evaluation of products on the market.

 

About Health BI
Health BI is a healthcare software company created by a team of Health IT Innovators and physicians to help organizations manage care transitions, improve care and reduce costs. Health BI’s cloud-based HealthCollaborate™ care transition management solution provides insight into patient events and dispositions, enables sharing of information across care settings and supports timely interventions to help reduce avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions. The solution enables care teams to deliver patient care through effective communication and patient engagement to improve outcomes and financial performance. Visit: www.healthbi.com

 

About Good Samaritan Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital is an award-winning 232-bed community health care facility located in historic Vincennes, Indiana serving southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Its progressive technology and commitment to excellent health care for all have made the hospital the employer of choice for 1,900 people in and around Knox County, Indiana. Visit: www.gshvin.org

Care Transitions Best Practices

Health BI Newsletter, Spring 2014

 

Every quarter, Health BI publishes a newsletter to share the latest in Care Transitions Best Practices and real-life Transitional Care lessons learned. The newsletter is available to Health BI clients, Care Managers, Care Coordinators and Transitional Care nurses.

 

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