July 30, 2015
 
In the July 2015 edition of the COPE Monthly Digest, we look at how Clinical Care Extenders are helping health care systems meet meaningful use requirements and improve post-discharge phone call rates, examine requirements for the new Texas Medicaid Waiver extension application and discuss why physicians need IPAs in the new health care reform landscape. In July, COPE Health Solutions also released its latest case study “St. Mary Medical Center Improves Post-Discharge Phone Call Process,” which looks at how St. Mary Medical Center overcame a common challenge facing many hospitals—namely, finding the staff and time to effectively manage the post-discharge phone call process. COPE Health Solutions
  How COPE Health Solutions is Transforming Health Care
Clinical Care Extenders Play Critical Role in Meeting Meaningful Use
Author: Brytani Garnett, Manager
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awards incentive payments to eligible health professionals and hospitals that demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology. Compliance with the meaningful use (MU) guidelines established by CMS is intended to improve efficiency and quality through the use of these patient-centered tools...
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What to Know About the New Texas Waiver Extension Application
Author: Natalie Chau, Senior Consultant
The state of Texas has published a draft extension application requesting an additional five years of its 1115 Medicaid Waiver, which began in 2012 and will expire in September 2016 without an extension. Providers implementing projects under the current waiver will need to understand how programmatic changes in this extension may impact their operations and implementation moving forward...
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Clinical Care Extenders Help Improve Post-Discharge Phone Call Process
Author: Roya Mirilavassani, Manager
The period following discharge as a patient transitions from hospital to home can be a vulnerable time for patients, especially those who are at high risk for hospital readmission. Preventable hospital readmissions often stem from a discontinuity in a patient’s care plan due to confusion surrounding discharge instructions, changes to medication regimen, or a lack of understanding of important ...
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Why Physicians Need IPAs to Succeed in the New Era of Health Care Reform
Authors: Allen Miller, CEO, and
Evan King, MPH, MA, Executive Vice President
Nationally, the drive to improve health outcomes, enhance patient/member satisfaction and reduce total annual cost per member is requiring both providers and health plans to re-evaluate their contracts and the structure of their financial relationships. The health care industry and its payers, both government and commercial, are rapidly shifting from fee-for-service to a...
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  Team Member Spotlight
Wren Keber, Vice President
Wren Keber specializes in the development, implementation, and operation of managed care models, clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations (ACO). He has particular expertise in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Next Generation ACO offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Keber also has experience in healthcare information technology (HIT) strategy and implementation, including health information exchanges (HIE), electronic health records (EHR), and patient engagement technology such as personal health records and patient portals...
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