Carlyle Healthcare Center Increased Reimbursement And Decreased Pharmacy Costs Since Implementation
Overview of Facility
Carlyle Healthcare Center is a 109 bed facility located in Carlyle, Illinois which went live in March 2010 with SigmaCare’s full electronic medical records (EMR) system, including real-time dashboards, census management, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), administration records (eMAR/TAR), accidents & incidents tracking, progress notes, assessments, 24 hour report, minimum data set (MDS), care planning, CNA charting and rehab therapy charting.
Facility Best Practices
In order to improve staff communication and operations Carlyle capitalizes on SigmaCare’s real-time reporting tools to identify resident problem areas and adjust care accordingly. For example, nurses are able to quickly review the 24 hour report allowing them to immediately adjust nursing aid instructions and care plans without sifting through paperwork. Carlyle also takes advantage of the off-formulary alerts and designated alternatives in SigmaCare’s orderwriter to drive down noncovered medication costs. Overall, they’re impressed with SigmaCare’s implementation and performance consulting services and the endless support they have provided.
By combining quality driven practices along with SigmaCare’s comprehensive documentation tools, Carlyle reported financial and operational improvements in addition to the following outcomes:
- Pharmacy costs reduced $16,000 annually by using proactive formulary alerts
- Reimbursement increased due to improved care documentation
- Nursing hours decreased due to reduction in end of month order reconciliation
"With SigmaCare I have everything at my fingertips and I’m confident I’m making the best decisions for my staff and residents.” -Verna Germanceri, Administrator
Published: April 27. 2011