Driving Clinical Peak Performance in Home Health & Hospice

2018-10-19T20:00:54+07:00October 19, 2018|News|

Clinical peak performance is vital to home health & hospice success. As Medicare continues to shift from rewarding volume to rewarding value, it's nearly impossible to get ahead without proving value through clinical excellence. Here are three ways to achieve clinical peak performance: Patient-Centered Care First, it's important to practice patient-centered care. The Institute of Medicine

Key Components of a Successful Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Meeting

2018-03-24T03:00:44+07:00March 23, 2018|News|

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

Value of Clinical Decision Support Systems in Home Health & Hospice

2018-04-02T21:28:17+07:00March 16, 2018|News|

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

What Are Clinical Decision Support Tools?

2018-02-16T02:42:02+07:00February 16, 2018|News|

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

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

2018-02-09T20:41:48+07:00February 9, 2018|News|

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

Streamlined Hospice EHRs Help Emphasize Patient Care

2018-01-10T03:58:41+07:00November 18, 2017|News|

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

Longitudinal Charting in Home Health Care

2017-12-19T02:26:32+07:00September 1, 2017|News|

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

Home Health EHR Systems: Driving Data Quality for Success

2017-12-19T02:32:50+07:00July 21, 2017|News|

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

Home Health Documentation: Expert Tips for Success

2017-12-19T02:38:35+07:00June 13, 2017|News|

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