The hospice interdisciplinary team (IDT) serves a very important function in hospice care. It includes physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists and trained volunteers who work together to address a hospice patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The holistic approach for the hospice interdisciplinary team enables members of different disciplines to evaluate and provide feedback to the care plan.Continue Reading
Clinical decision support systems provide clinicians with logically filtered, evidence-based data combined with patient-specific data to enhance clinical decision-making at the point of care.
Found in leading EHR software systems, clinical decisions support systems include:
Contextually relevant information
Condition-specific order sets
How do clinical decision support systems work?
The main purpose of clinical decision support is to provide timely,
On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The 640-page legislation is a two-year budget plan that contains several provisions that will affect home health and hospice agencies, including the creation of a new payment model and loosened rules regarding review of documentation for face to face visits.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.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
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
Comprehensive home health documentation is necessary to ensure both quality patient care and proper reimbursement. Stronger focus on investigating what CMS deems as fraudulent activity combined with efforts to ensure more accurate reimbursement means that home health agencies must take steps to ensure documentation integrity. Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN, President of Marrelli and Associates and author of The Handbook of Home Health Standards offers some great information about the importance of home health documentation and problems to avoid.Continue Reading
Springfield, Mo. – June 7, 2017 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics, announces more exciting enhancements coming this summer as part of a total system-wide refresh. On the heels of completing its integration with ABILITY Network and launching the industry’s strongest revenue cycle management platform called firstREV,Continue Reading