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Is Your Transitional Care Plan Missing an Important Piece?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 4, 2018 3:03:52 PM

While your patients are in your care, you provide them with quality nutrition care. But, what happens when they go home? 

Many transitional care plans may be missing an important piece – nutrition care. Providing access to food allows the frail and elderly to regain their strength and energy faster. Proper nutrition for those at risk improves patient outcomes following surgery or hospitalization.

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Topics: Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition in Elderly, Post Discharge

Improving the Patient Experience by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Sep 5, 2018 10:44:38 AM


Addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) is increasingly important to hospitals and healthcare systems. In fact, medical care determines only 20 percent of overall health -- while social, economic, and environmental factors determine 50 percent of overall health. Extending ways to help patients stay healthy outside the hospital can help patients, communities, and hospitals. SDOH include all factors outside of the hospital that affects patients, such as:

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Topics: Post Discharge, Senior Health, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Home Delivered Meals

Help Your Patients to Recover Faster At Home

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Aug 8, 2018 12:56:00 PM

Hospitals face many challenges when patients are discharged. Some concerns include if patients understand their care plan and need for follow up appointments. Will your patients have access to healthy meals when they return home? What if they are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves? 

When patients go into the hospital, one thing they may not expect is to leave malnourished. But, that is what occurs to one-third of patients admitted to hospitals. Malnutrition is not always recognized and often goes untreated during hospitalization. Weight loss and inadequate nutritional intake can delay the healing and recovery process. This may lead to more challenging recoveries, and in many cases, relapse and readmission.

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Topics: Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition in Elderly, Post Discharge

Telemedicine Benefits For Case Managers and Members

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 27, 2018 11:04:55 AM

Case managers are often on the front lines of telemedicine. They have the expertise to provide help to their members, or patients, on managing chronic conditions or treating minor illnesses by phone or virtual online visits. 

Telemedicine, or telehealth, is proven to be a cost-effective alternative to traditional doctor office visits. There are various studies that find telemedicine can help lower hospital readmissions and reduce healthcare costs. 

An increasing number of health plans across the U.S. are expanding their benefits to include telemedicine services for their members. Plans like Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare are examples of those offering these services. In fact, 76 percent of health systems have or will be implementing consumer telehealth in some capacity by December 2018.

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Topics: Care Managers, Healthcare Research, Healthcare Cost Reduction

How Good Nutrition Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 13, 2018 11:10:12 AM

Nutrition Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

Health care professionals are always looking for better ways to keep members out of the hospital and to reduce their length of stay. Yet, the role of nutrition remains poorly understood by providers, administrators, and payers. One of the leading causes for readmission to the hospital is malnutrition. 

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Topics: Healthy Meals for Seniors, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Home Delivered Meals, MCO ROI, Healthy Home Delivered Meals

How a Positive Attitude Benefits the Aging Process

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 2, 2018 10:32:00 AM

Adopting a positive attitude can go far in dealing with the changes associated with aging. In fact, according to Kaiser Health News, those who have a positive outlook on aging live 7.5 years longer. Studies show that older adults who hold negative stereotypes about aging tend to walk more slowly, experience memory problems, and recover less fully from a fall or fracture.

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Topics: aging in place, Medicare, Nutrition Care, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Senior Health, Home Delivered Meals

Does Your Patient's Health Plan Offer Post-Discharge Meals?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 17, 2017 11:50:33 AM

Case managers and discharge planners have many things to consider before their patients return home after a hospitalization.  You may not be aware that some healthcare plans now offer nutrition care benefits for post-discharge patients.

Benefits of Nutrition Care

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Topics: Care Managers, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Medicare, Post Discharge

Can Post-Discharge Meals Improve Patient Outcomes?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Apr 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

When patients go into the hospital, one thing they may not expect is to leave malnourished. But, that is exactly what occurs to one-third of patients admitted to hospitals. Malnutrition is not always recognized and often goes untreated during hospitalization. Weight loss and poor nutritional intake can delay the healing and recovery process. This may lead to more challenging recoveries, and in many cases, relaspse and readmission.

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Topics: Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition in Elderly, Post Discharge

How to Reduce Healthcare Costs with Home-Delivered Meals

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Mar 29, 2017 3:50:26 PM

Malnutrition is a surprising problem in America. One out of every three patients admitted to the hospital suffer from malnutrition. If untreated, two-thirds will become severely malnourished during their stay. Approximately one-third of patients who are not malnourished will become so by the time they are discharged.

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Topics: Healthcare Cost Reduction, Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition in Elderly, Post Discharge, Nutrition Care

Can Home-Delivered Meals Improve Your HCAHPS Score?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Feb 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is the survey used to measure patients’ perceptions of their hospital experience. The survey asks discharged patients 32 questions about their recent hospital stay. Patient perceptions and experiences directly impact your facility’s Medicare reimbursement

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Topics: Post Discharge, Senior Health, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Home Delivered Meals

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