Over the last 30 years CMS [Center for Medicaid Medicare] has warned the health care community that Medicare as it was constructed could not survive. Because of this, there has been increased focus on service delivery options and an increasing emphasis on quality care of the chronic diseases that account for 80% of the expenses for health care insurers.
One missing link seems to be adequate aide education or lack thereof. To address this issue, Ginny Kenyon of Kenyon HomeCare Consulting presented this webinar on WHY healthcare organizations need to have Chronic Disease education at the heart of their strategic initiatives, and how they can access and implement this education to their staff and clinicians.
Josh Pickus, CEO of Optima Healthcare Solutions is the guest for this episode. Josh and Tripp discuss the state of the healthcare industry, particularly the post-acute care space in which Optima Healthcare Solutions is operating. Josh talks about Optima and their cloud-based technology solutions, as well as why they recently launched their Homecare-specific functionality to accompany their Rehabilitation and other post-acute care solutions.
We always ask our guests: So What, Who Cares? when it comes to their company or solution, and Josh's answer is pretty powerful.
Elliott Wood of Medalogix joins the podcast to talk about his recent article/blogpost on the term "Population Health" and what that REALLY means in the Home Care space. We learn about his journey to Medalogix, and spend lots of time talking through the fascinating and visionary company that is Medalogix. Elliott is a Nashville native, with a degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University, then two semesters of graduate work in clinical psychology – then left to join HealthStream because of his love of data/analytics. Left for Medalogix because of Dan Hogan. Medalogix is 6 years old. Founded by Dan Hogan. Takes data from Home Health providers nightly, looks at patterns and predictive models to help Home Health agencies. Currently focused on different products to best leverage that data.
During our conversation, we lament the overuse of industry buzzwords (while using them ourselves, shamefully), but how to use these industry terms correctly when educating our collective audience. My children make noise in the background. His definition of how Medalogix defines it is how to keep Home Health Agencies patients, their average daily census, from getting readmitted to the hospital.
A quick discussion of an early misstep, or failure at Medalogix has turned into a burgeoning success relative to how to actually use the data that they are collecting and analyzing about Home Health agencies. I like how he talks about providing "action" to their customers rather than simply providing "value." Elliott gives us some success stories with their products Bridge and Touch. And I love their goal of driving better Clinical Conversations between caregiver and patient.
We also touch on a sensitive topic about our country's, our society's approach to end-of-life care.