The Post-Acute POV

Tune in for informative conversations covering a range of topics for post-acute providers. The Post-Acute POV focuses on the importance of innovative technology in care settings, and how it can help home-based and facility-based organizations ...more

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March 22, 2021 00:31:32
The impact of interoperability with Nick Knowlton, vice president, strategic initiatives, ResMed and board chairman, CommonWell Health Alliance

The impact of interoperability with Nick Knowlton, vice president, strategic initiatives, ResMed and board chairman, CommonWell Health Alliance

Introduction For this episode of the Post-Acute POV, our host Navin Gupta, SVP of the home and hospice division at MatrixCare, is joined by Nick Knowlton, vice president, strategic initiatives, ResMed, and board chairman, CommonWell Health Alliance, to explain the impact of interoperability. Listen in as Nick and Navin review the findings from our recent survey which polled 100 health systems and physician groups, 300 home-based care organizations spanning home health, hospice, palliative care, and private duty, and for the first time, 300 skilled nursing facilities. The results show progress—yet significant gaps—and an opportunity for both home-based care providers and skilled nursing facilities to improve their electronic data-sharing capabilities.   Questions to ask your technology provider to improve interoperability: Does your system exist in the native workflow or outside of the solution? Is the documentation your system provides only in a human readable format? Can your system reconcile medications directly into the patient’s chart? Can your system provide insight into mid-episode encounters patients are having? How can your system help with PDGM or navigating palliative care programs? How is your system able to communicate the quality of care back to referral sources both actively and passively? Will your system work for my local geography and current referral source relationships? Ask your vendors about the usual business questions too – Is there a high surcharge to connect? Is it part of my core software package? Is the value aligned with the cost? Topics discussed during today’s episode: [02:50 – 04:48]: What is interoperability and what problem does it solve? [05:41 – 09:22]: The survey found that 95% of providers say they believe interoperability is crucial, compared to 34% in the previous year. Nick explains what he attributes this jump in better understanding the ...

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March 16, 2021 00:11:55
How your skilled nursing facility can benefit from interoperability with Amy Ostrem, VP of skilled nursing solution strategy

How your skilled nursing facility can benefit from interoperability with Amy Ostrem, VP of skilled nursing solution strategy

Introduction In this episode of the Post-Acute POV, our host, Kevin Whitehurst, SVP of skilled nursing solutions, sits down with Amy Ostrem, VP of skilled nursing solution strategy, to discuss how your skilled nursing facility can benefit from interoperability. Amy provides interesting and easy-to-understand insight into specific value adds that your organization can take advantage of through interoperability. These benefits include an enhanced relationship with referral partners, better overall analysis of outcomes, and a detailed view into trends and performance indicators based on discreet clinical data. Listen to this exciting conversation to learn more. Topics discussed during today’s episode: [01:07 – 02:05]: Amy’s origin story, her career before MatrixCare. [02:41 – 03:48]: The upfront benefits of interoperability including an enhanced relationship with your referral partners and the ability to seamlessly send and receive data. [04:19 – 06:00]: The benefits of interoperability for skilled nursing facilities around daily operations post-admission like better overall analysis of outcomes and a detailed view into the trends and performance indicators based on discreet clinical data [06:31 – 8:54]: Amy lists specific value gains from interoperability for some of the various roles in care centers today. These include vital sign integration, therapy notes, and evaluations. [9:45 - 11:01]: The importance of staying up to date on your facility’s integrations and regularly advancing these integrations for optimized interoperability. Resources Learn more about MatrixCare at: https://www.matrixcare.com/ Find out more about our commitment to interoperability: https://www.matrixcare.com/interoperability/ Read the transcript of today’s episode Listen to more episodes of the Post-Acute POV Disclaimer The content in this presentation or materials is for informational purposes only and is provided “as-is.” Information and views expressed herein, may change without notice. We encourage you to seek as appropriate, regulatory and legal advice on ...

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March 09, 2021 00:26:24
2021 state of the union for home care with Vicki Hoak, executive director at Home Care Association of America

2021 state of the union for home care with Vicki Hoak, executive director at Home Care Association of America

Introduction In this episode of the Post-Acute POV, Navin Gupta, SVP of the home and hospice division at MatrixCare, is joined by Vicki Hoak, executive director at Home Care Association of America, to present a state of the union for home care on where they see the industry headed in 2021. Vicki begins by telling us her origin story and what led her to her current position at HCAOA before diving into the headwinds and tailwinds that home care is currently facing. Navin guides the conversation to cover Medicare Advantage plans, the diversification of care, the emergence of skilled private duty, the growing trend of aging at home, and more. Listen to the episode to learn more. Topics discussed during today’s episode: [01:34 – 02:58]: Vicki’s early years in her career and what led her to become the executive director at HCAOA. [03:35 – 06:51]: Some of the headwinds and tailwinds that home-based care organizations are facing. [07:22 – 08:59]: Vicki’s point of view on Medicare Advantage plans and their benefits. [08:59 – 11:27]: Establishing metrics for quantifying home care agencies’ value. [12:32 – 15:45]: The importance of home-based care organizations coming together and the diversification of care. [16:13 - 19:41]: The emergence of skilled private duty. [20:22 - 22:14]: The growing trend of aging at home. [22:14 - 22:59]: Tackling the caregiver shortage using technology. [23:51 - 25:54]: Vicki wraps up by explaining her thoughts on EVV. Resources Learn more about MatrixCare at: https://www.matrixcare.com/ Learn more about Home Care Association of America at: https://www.hcaoa.org/ Read the transcript of today’s episode Listen to more episodes of the Post-Acute POV Disclaimer The content in this presentation or materials is for informational purposes only and is provided “as-is.” Information and views expressed herein, may change ...

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March 04, 2021 00:13:24
Nutrition series part 3: Nutrition therapy for diabetes management with Amy Wootton

Nutrition series part 3: Nutrition therapy for diabetes management with Amy Wootton

Introduction In this third installment of our nutrition series, we are joined again by Amy Wootton, RDN, LDN, Director of Nutrition Management at MatrixCare. Our host, Kevin Whitehurst, SVP of Skilled Nursing Solutions, discusses the importance of using nutrition therapy for diabetes management. Hear their recommendations for creating a nutrition plan catered to individuals diagnosed with diabetes. Amy ties her relationship with diabetes to nutrition therapy and discusses the prevalence of diabetes today. Listen in as she explains common factors that lead to hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. And, with tips for individualized meal planning and snacks – it’s an episode you won’t want to miss. Topics discussed during today’s episode: [01:07 – 02:41]: Amy explains her relationship with diabetes and why, more than ever, nutrition therapy for diabetes is so important. [02:50 – 03:52]: Recommendations for a nutrition plan for someone diagnosed with diabetes. [04:04 – 06:04]: Common factors that lead to hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. [06:12 – 07:31]: The main areas of focus for diabetes management. [07:47 – 08:56]: Individualized meal planning and snacks. [09:07 - 10:59]: How adopting a nutrition therapy approach for a more liberalized diet is leading the change to better management in skilled nursing facilities and rehab centers. [11:14 - 12:25]: Amy wraps up by describing the importance of having an interprofessional team in place to successfully manage nutrition therapy. Resources Learn more about our nutrition management solutions at: https://www.matrixcare.com/nutrition-management/ Catch up on part I and part II of this nutrition series Find out more about nutrition therapy for diabetes management Read the transcript of today’s episode Listen to more episodes of the Post-Acute POV Disclaimer The content in this presentation or materials is for informational purposes only and is provided “as-is.” Information and views expressed herein, ...

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February 09, 2021 00:12:42
Nutrition series part 2: Serving up power nutrition to combat flu season and COVID-19 with Amy Wootton

Nutrition series part 2: Serving up power nutrition to combat flu season and COVID-19 with Amy Wootton

Introduction In this episode of the Post-Acute POV, we sit down again with Amy Wootton, RDN, LDN, Director of Nutrition Management at MatrixCare to discuss immune-supporting nutrition strategies to reduce your residents’ risk and help speed up recovery during flu season and COVD-19. Amy provides a wealth of information on important nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc, vitamin D, beta carotene, probiotics, and protein and relays the value of including foods that contain these nutrients in meal planning for resident dining. Topics discussed during today’s episode: [01:06 – 02:17]: Amy dives into why nutrition is especially critical during flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic. [02:28 – 04:08]: Amy explains the importance of vitamin C as the only scientifically proven supplement found that can shorten common colds. [04:20 – 05:23]: Benefits of zinc in supporting immune function. [05:42 – 06:44]: Foods that contain vitamin D. [07:02 – 08:02]: Where to find beta-carotene, probiotics, and protein. [08:12 - 09:19]: Adjustments operators have made to meet residents’ nutritional needs during COVID-19. [09:40 - 11:50]: Amy wraps up by describing the benefits of using a nutrition management tool like MealTracker. Resources Learn more about MatrixCare solutions at: https://www.matrixcare.com/ Find out more about serving up power nutrition during flu season and COVID-19 Read the transcript of today’s episode Listen to more episodes of the Post-Acute POV Disclaimer The content in this presentation or materials is for informational purposes only and is provided “as-is.” Information and views expressed herein, may change without notice. We encourage you to seek as appropriate, regulatory and legal advice on any of the matters covered in this presentation or materials. ©2021 by MatrixCare ...

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February 01, 2021 00:13:20
Recognizing malnutrition in the data with Amy Wootton, Director of Nutrition Management, MatrixCare

Recognizing malnutrition in the data with Amy Wootton, Director of Nutrition Management, MatrixCare

In this episode of the Post-Acute POV, we sit down with Amy Wootton, RDN, LDN, Director of Nutrition Management at MatrixCare, to discuss the prevalence of malnutrition in older adults and how technology can help facilities to identify malnutrition in the data and take quick and appropriate action to combat it. Amy describes the challenges related to malnutrition and the importance of pairing a malnutrition screening tool with observation and assessment information when preventing and treating residents. Topics discussed during today’s episode: [01:09 – 02:09]: Amy dives into her backstory and her journey into nutrition management and post-acute care. [02:24 – 03:10]: Concern surrounding malnutrition, specifically in older adults. [03:17 – 04:16]: Malnutrition related challenges. [04:26 – 07:15]: Benefits of a malnutrition screening tool (MST) and the importance of observation and assessment information. [07:33 – 09:25]: A description of the frontline and how providers can benefit from a malnutrition screening tool under PDPM. [09:46 - 12:27]: Other tools that support care planning for malnourished individuals. Resources Learn more about MatrixCare solutions at: https://www.matrixcare.com/ Find out more about malnutrition in the data Read the transcript of today’s episode Listen to more episodes of the Post-Acute POV Disclaimer The content in this presentation or materials is for informational purposes only and is provided “as-is.” Information and views expressed herein, may change without notice. We encourage you to seek as appropriate, regulatory and legal advice on any of the matters covered in this presentation or materials. ©2021 by MatrixCare   ...

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