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Celtic Healthcare Promoting Chronic Disease Management and Avoidable Hospital Readmissions in Western PA

On Friday, September 14, 2012, some of our regional team members and leaders attended the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania‘s Annual Fall Membership Meeting to promote our Virtual Care Program. Celtic Healthcare’s Virtual Care Program is designed to support and educate patients in managing their chronic diseases and reducing avoidable hospital readmissions.  To learn more, […]

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Hospital Readmissions Reduced by Virtual Care Program

Individuals with chronic diseases often face many trips to the hospital each year.  These readmissions to the hospital are challenging for both the patients and our healthcare system, and many are preventable. Celtic Healthcare decided to take on the daunting task of readmissions for their chronically ill patients by establishing a Virtual Care Program in […]

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Care Transitions Series: Medication Management

Part IV:  Understanding Medication Management in Care Transitions As we recently mentioned in Part III of our Care Transitions Interventions Series on Medication Reconciliation, patients with chronic conditions are often on multiple and frequently changing medication regimens, making medication management a vital component of effective care transitions interventions. Medication management involves educating patients and caregivers […]

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Care Transitions Series: Medication Reconciliation

Part III:  Understanding Medication Reconciliation in Care Transitions Patients with chronic conditions are often on multiple medications, which change frequently. Medication management for these patients can be quite challenging. A key component of care transitions interventions is that of medication management and reconciliation. According to the Institute of Medicine’s Preventing Medication Errors report, the average […]

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Care Transitions Series: Personal Health Record (PHR)

Part II:  Understanding the Personal Health Record in Care Transitions A Personal Health Record, commonly referred to as a PHR, is a patient-centered document containing key information needed to help facilitate care transitions.  Key elements of the PHR include: Patient demographic information Caregiver information Patient medical history Hospital/discharge checklist Doctor visit record & space for […]

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Care Transitions Series: Patient Self-Management

Part I:  Understanding the Role of Patient Self-Management in Care Transitions Providing self-management education and support to patients and caregivers is an essential part of an effective care transition intervention. People with chronic conditions and their families must undertake day-to-day activities to manage their conditions. These activities, called self-management, involve three different kinds of tasks: […]

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Top 5 Tips for Medication Management

According to the National Institute on Aging and the Federal Drug Administration, seniors consume more prescription and over-the-counter medicines than any other age group.  Many have a number of long-term chronic diseases and/or disabilities, making it necessary to need a number of different drugs. Unfortunately, many seniors have difficulties managing their medications.  It is easy […]

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Patient Self-Management Support – More than Simply Patient Education

The challenge for patients trying to self-manage their chronic illnesses can be overwhelming.  Today’s chronically ill patients are being relied upon to manage the multitude of factors that contribute to their own health and well-being, but this requires patient education and support in self-management. Some experts regard patient self-management as a key area where there […]

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Answering the Call to Accountable Care

Most all physicians, hospital social workers, discharge planners, and other healthcare professionals have experienced the frustration of coordinating care for the growing population of chronic disease patients.  The challenge of connecting fragmented information from multiple physician specialists, inaccessible or missing medical charts, and multiple, often duplicated medical procedures is enough to make anyone crazy! A […]

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