THE GAME IS CHANGING – UNDERSTAND THE RULES

For some time now I, and everyone else that spends time writing and talking about the world of long term care, have been addressing the fact that things are changing. It is no longer enough for a community to simply

Dual Eligible Initiative- Are You Prepared

The government is initiating an effort to redesign the delivery system for the dual eligible. Do you know much about and are you prepared for it? I hope the answer to both of those questions is yes, but if it

ACO’s – THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW

As healthcare providers you have seen a multitude of changes occurring over the last few years. Some of these changes last and some don’t. This tends to make one hesitate before acting to see if those changes will in fact

SOCIAL MEDIA – EMBRACE IT !

Ok I admit it. I am a dinosaur. I don’t do facebook, I don’t tweet, truth be told I can barely produce a ten word text in under a minute. Just because I am a dinosaur that doesn’t mean I

IT’S FUNDAMENTAL

With a child in high school and another in middle school, I have for the better part of the last ten years, been fully immersed in sports from youth to high school age. The one thing that becomes more and

COMMUNICATION AND OUTCOMES: HOW THEY PARTNER

By now everyone has heard of the value of communication and how a lack of it can only create problems for you. You have also heard that what is driving healthcare survival is outcomes. With accountability becoming increasingly more important

BECOMING AN ATTRACTIVE ACO PARTNER

Are Accountable Care Organizations going to become a driving force in the American healthcare scene? The jury is still out on that question but there are some signs that would lead one to believe that they just might.  To begin

COMMUNICATE – STAYING IN TOUCH AFTER DISCHARGE

For the last two months the theme has been communication. I have attempted to break down this all important topic into different phases. The first was the Initial Phase where communication early and often was stressed. The second phase discussed

COMMUNICATE – BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK

In my previous entry I discussed breaking down communication into three phases. I wrote of the initial phase and the importance of communicating early and often. How establishing clear and open lines of dialogue were essential to establishing a good

Communicate-Early and Often

How many times in your life, either private or professional, do you look back and wish you had communicated better or differently? I think we all can agree that many times this would be true. If it were not important