Key Components of a Successful Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Meeting

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.

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Value of Clinical Decision Support Systems in Home Health & Hospice

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:

Alerts
Warnings
Documentation templates
Clinical guidelines
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,

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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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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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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 EHR Systems: Driving Data Quality for Success

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,

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Home Health Documentation: Expert Tips for Success

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.

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HEALTHCAREfirst Continues System-Wide Refresh with the Unveiling of its New Home Health CAREpliance™ Technology

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,

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