Adopting new technologies can be intimidating, particularly in fields where users are expected to spend most of their time on interpersonal interactions. Care providers in home health settings must be able to put their time and attention on their patients, and complex, difficult-to-use home health EHRs can prove problematic. However, Forbes reported that the promise of saving time,Continue Reading
Health care technology has gone through a revolution in recent years, but the results aren’t all good. Reports about physicians being so distracted by electronic health records that they can’t give patients face time abound, and the home health sector isn’t immune to this trend. With varied stakeholders involved in patient interactions, home health clinicians are especially dependent on home health software to keep them informed.Continue Reading
Home health agencies have had longitudinal charting looming like a shadow over their operations. On one hand, implementing a longitudinal charting methodology makes it easier to track care activities in more nuanced and specialized ways, leading to potential quality and transparency improvements within an agency. On the other, the extra time and attention that goes into documentation with a longitudinal chart methodology can be intimidating for agencies already facing regulatory challenges and pressures.Continue Reading
Beginning on November 15, 2017, home health agencies must be prepared to demonstrate compliance with the home health emergency preparedness condition of participation (CoP). When evaluating for compliance with the CoP requirements, surveyors will follow the standard survey protocols during initial, revalidation, recertification, and complaint surveys. CMS’ goal in enforcement of these requirements is to ensure that Medicare certified organizations “better anticipate and plan for needs,Continue Reading
As anticipated, today CMS launched Hospice Compare, a website that reports information on hospices that enables patients, family members, and health care providers to learn more about the quality of care each hospice provides. Utilizing CMS’ official Hospice Compare datasets, Hospices can be evaluated based on quality indicators such as the percentage of patients checked for pain or percentage of patients asked about preferences for life-sustaining treatment.Continue Reading
Data is emerging as a critical component of operational success across a wide range of industries, and home health care isn’t exempt from this movement. A CIO magazine report said that the health care industry as a whole is in the middle of a movement to embrace the prospect of gleaning new insights from the large quantities of data being created within EHR systems and from other sources.Continue Reading
On August 1, 2017, CMS published the FY2018 Hospice Final Rule. In the final rule, Medicare hospice payments, adjusted for inflation and other factors, will increase an estimated 1% or an estimated $180 million in 2018. This is in comparison to the 2017 final rule, which included a 2.1% increase, or $350 million, in payments.
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On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, CMS issued the CY2018 Home Health Proposed Rule. Effective for home health episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2018, the rule updates the Home Health Prospective Payment Systems (HH PPS) payment rates including the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates, and the non-routine medical supply (NRS) conversion factor.Continue Reading
Widespread EHR use in the health care sector comes with new challenges in terms of data entry and management. As EHR technologies and processes have evolved, many organizations have run into a situation where varied policies and procedures surrounding data entry has led to major quality issues. Poor data quality undermines an agency’s ability to use data to support patient care,Continue Reading
With increased competition and the transition to value-based care, home health agencies have an even greater incentive for home health quality performance improvement, as well as an opportunity to stand out from the competition.
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