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The Costs of Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits
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The Costs of Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits

With increasing focus from Medicare on reducing rehospitalizations and shorter stays, eliminating unnecessary emergency department visits (such as visits that could have been handled safely in an urgent care clinic or a primary care setting) and avoiding the need to use the emergency department in the first place is paramount.   71% percent of emergency...

Telehealth Changes Could Help Rural Seniors Age in Place
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Telehealth Changes Could Help Rural Seniors Age in Place

“Telemedicine providers can’t catch senior citizens when they fall. But health services delivered over broadband can make it possible for seniors to live independently for longer periods of time.”   Telehealth can allow seniors to stay in their homes longer through general health services, mental health services, and home health care. Broadband and Medicare reimbursement...

Chatanooga Catches the Telehealth Bug
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Chatanooga Catches the Telehealth Bug

“Chattanooga, Tenn.’s investment in community broadband allows the city to bring more than just fast Internet browsing to citizens.”   “One prospect’s connection was so poor the audio was always out of sync. It was a group of 15 facilities and we weren’t able to connect with any of them. I’m sure all of those...

Collaboration With Encounter Helps Maintain Compliance and Quality Improvement
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Collaboration With Encounter Helps Maintain Compliance and Quality Improvement

Unnecessary Medications (survey tag F329) is a top ten regulatory citation in skilled nursing facilities. With antipsychotic use still high, pressure is on facilities to reduce their medications, particularly psychotropic medications.   One solution is to partner with a psychiatric provider to monitor medications and reduce behaviors. Encounter’s providers specialize in medication management and continuously...

Retain Staff and Reduce Turnover: How Encounter Can Help
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Retain Staff and Reduce Turnover: How Encounter Can Help

In long-term care, staff turnover is at a staggering 40%, twice the national average across industries. New staff are costly to train (in most cases, hiring and training a new staff member costs around 20% of their salary) and take time to find their “groove.” If turnover rates are high, those numbers can stack up...

How to Improve Sleep Quality
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How to Improve Sleep Quality

In Matthew Walker’s 2017 book “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,” Walker says that two-thirds of adults in developed countries get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. At least 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. More traffic accidents are caused by drowsy driving than drunk driving...

Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities

We found Dr. Robert Figlerski’s list of challenges and strategies in treating psychiatric patients in a long-term care setting, originally published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, enlightening.   Challenges: Demographic shifts—when staff training doesn’t keep up with patient needs. Confusion over how to properly use psychotropic medications (such as antipsychotics.) Confusion and misinformation about non-drug...

6 Common Telehealth Myths
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6 Common Telehealth Myths

Telehealth has grown rapidly over the past few years. 76% of health systems are expected to have implemented telehealth by the end of 2018, according to a survey held by Teladoc.   However, many misconceptions have grown up around telehealth. In a February 26 webcast, Roy Schoenberg, MD, president, CEO and co-founder of American Well,...

Depression Sub-types and Treatments
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Depression Sub-types and Treatments

As we’ve written before, no two people have the same experience of a mental illness. What people don’t realize is that illnesses such as depression may appear in many different forms, many of which have similar symptoms.   If you feel sad or empty, have trouble concentrating or sleeping, and symptoms last for two weeks...