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Thursday, September 18 • 11:35am - 12:25pm
A Data-Driven Approach to Coordinated Rural Health

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Session Description
Oklahoma’s rural health care providers, including physicians, hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies and others, face similar challenges:  flattening admissions, scrutiny on readmissions, increasingly complex payment rates and an uncertain regulatory and fiscal future.

In this environment, it is increasingly important to have have open dialogue about how to care for patients in our communities.  To do that successfully, providers have to know their numbers.  Otherwise the dialogue descends into unproductive finger-pointing and incorrect perceptions about other providers.

We will provide participants key metrics to measure and tips and best practices for managing the dialogue, leading community providers to better integration.  In addition, we will focus on components of an effective community-integrated case management process, including tools to improve knowledge of post-acute care settings.


Robert Lane, MA, NHA, FACHCA

Robert Lane assists post-acute care providers with operational improvements, such as survey preparation and compliance, business process improvements, budget analysis, staff retention strategies, documentation and billing procedures, contract reviews, strategic positioning and Medicare/Medicaid certification issues. He has been involved in health care for more than 30 years, and long-term care for over 26 years as an administrator, field trainer... Read More →

Carol J. Smith, BSN, RN, RAC-CT

Carol J. Smith is a member of BKD National Health Care Group and provides nurse-consulting services for post-acute care units/facilities. An experienced instructor and senior services clinician, she helps clients keep current with Medicare coverage guidelines, provides assistance with clinical information and helps care teams keep up to date with any new CMS transmittals. Carol helps clients meet quality assurance guidelines by providing... Read More →

Thursday September 18, 2014 11:35am - 12:25pm
Oklahoma G,H,I,J

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