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Emergency Preparedness Training Open to Home Health & Hospice Providers

Home health and hospice providers have until November 15, 2017 to implement and be in full compliance with the new emergency preparedness requirements. Now is the time for agencies to get ready!
CMS has developed an Emergency Preparedness Basic Surveyor Training Course to train surveyors on what to look for when evaluating providers for compliance with the emergency preparedness requirements.

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Making Medical Coding a Priority for Your Home Health Agency

Medical coding has emerged as an instrumental part of the home health value chain. As industry regulations surrounding Medicare and Medicaid payouts are increasingly tied to how care is coded, agencies must efficiently and accurately track operations in order to gain revenue. Inefficiencies or inaccuracies can lead to regulatory scrutiny, billing challenges, and fiscal troubles for an agency,

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Home Health Clinicians: Don’t Let Your EHR Get in the Way

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.

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Longitudinal Charting in Home Health Care

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.

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Home Health Emergency Preparedness: A Guide to Site Survey Success

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,

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Hospice Compare is Now Live

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.

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Home Health Agency Analytics: 3 Ways They Pay Off

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.

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