“Dr. Scott, this is Dr. Font.” The call came from my mother’s cardiologist as I was about to see my first patient of the morning. “Your mother is worse. You’d better come as soon as you can. I don’t think she’ll survive the day.” Continue reading
“Standards and Interoperability” is a phrase that makes most of us pull the covers over our head and go back to sleep hoping it will all be gone when we wake up. We use it to describe some important characteristics of information that we use every day in our work to provide services to our clients. It is the basis of information exchange and the Universal Transfer Protocol. Continue reading
LTSS providers routinely observe individuals in their homes. Their observations of function, behavior, medication adherence, and safety could be important to health care service providers who are required to report Medicaid Quality Measures and Meaningful Use attestation. The examples which are routinely monitored by LTSS providers are fall risk assessment, depression screening and observation of cognitive impairment without a formal diagnosis of dementia.
For a variety of reasons, these observations are not shared. Continue reading
Universal Transfer Protocol (UTP) is a process across the entire system that gives all partners who have a role in the patient’s care access to the same standardized information and the responsibility to ensure that the information is accurate, current, and supports the patient’s goals and quality of life. — Heather Johnson