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What Are Clinical Decision Support Tools?

Clinical decision support tools are found in EHR software that when applied effectively, can enhance patient care quality and outcomes, improve efficiency, and help to ensure regulatory compliance. Through clinical decision support tools, patient specific data and evidence-based guidance are presented to clinicians at appropriate times throughout the care planning process, guiding and reinforcing decisions at the point of care.

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Hospice Documentation: Cloning and Checkboxes Just Won’t Cut It

Hospice documentation makes up the clinical record of a patient receiving hospice services. CMS is looking for documentation that is complete, thorough, and patient-specific. As a result, hospices that have long relied on cloning and “checkbox charting” methods are facing the reality of adopting new documentation methods that satisfy regulatory requirements and enhance patient care quality.

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RAISE Family Caregivers Act Signed Into Law

On January 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act, also known as the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. This law directs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and maintain a national strategy to recognize and support the more than 40 million family caregivers in the US.

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Home Health Interpretive Guidelines for the CoPs: What You Need to Know

On November 1, 2017, CMS released the draft Home Health Interpretive Guidelines for the final Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which took effect on January 13, 2018. The draft was released for review and comment to select industry groups. The Home Health Interpretive Guidelines are intended to clarify the CoPs for both providers and surveyors in instances where the regulation may be unclear.

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How to Choose a Home Health or Hospice Software Partner

Your EHR is the central nervous system of your agency. Cumbersome processes, lack of real-time information, and a countless amount of paperwork puts your agency at risk for non-compliance and can impact your cash flow as well as the quality of care you provide. Selecting the right home healthcare software or hospice software for your business will enable long-term success by ensuring compliance,

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Streamlined Hospice EHRs Help Emphasize Patient Care

Taking care of hospice patients presents challenges that agencies must be prepared to overcome. The focus should be on providing care and being present for patients, but care teams often find it difficult to balance this with documenting the care that they provide at the point of care. Hospice EHRs that feature complex, demanding interfaces can be overly distracting in this situation.

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Home Health & Hospice Referral Generation Action Plan

As the post-acute care environment becomes increasingly more competitive, solidifying new home health & hospice referral source partnerships and strengthening existing partnerships is a vital aspect of any organization’s success. HEALTHCAREfirst truly understands the challenges faced by our clients in an increasingly competitive environment. We understand the importance of strong referral partnerships to raise awareness of post-acute services and support business objectives.

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Home Health Final Rule Released for 2018

On November 1, 2017, CMS released the 2018 Home Health Final Rule. To the delight of home health agencies, the rule was finalized without the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), which was proposed for roll-out in 2019.
CMS stated, “We are not finalizing the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) in this final rule.

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Three Ways Home Health EHRs Eliminate Operational Overhead

Operational overhead is present in just about any business, but the health care industry is particularly prone to inefficiency as care providers must prioritize patient needs and regulatory compliance over getting the job done as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Over time, however, the health care sector has developed a variety of inefficiencies that can stifle patient care and create excess costs.

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