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 Healthcare Software Features: How to Choose the Right 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 features for your business will enable long-term success by ensuring compliance,

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Recruitment & Retention Strategies for Home Health & Hospice

Six Ways to Improve Recruitment & Retention
With the average life expectancy continuing to climb, the demand for home health and hospice care continues to increase. This coupled with a national shortage of nurses, many home health and hospice agencies are hard pressed to hire and keep qualified nursing staff. What can you do to meet the challenges presented by growing demand and a limited pool of candidates?

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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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Clinical Time Management Strategies

Clinical Time Management Strategies for Home Health & Hospice
Home health and hospice clinicians have greater responsibilities than ever before. Case loads, care needs, and duties vary from day to day, and often the clinician is the only one responsible for making sure that everything is completed correctly and in a timely manner. Clinicians are expected to complete documentation that is accurate and thorough,

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HEALTHCAREfirst Announces Interface with Optum Hospice Pharmacy Management

Springfield, Mo. – November 9, 2017 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics, announces a partnership with Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services, the industry’s oldest hospice-centric pharmacy service provider of care-focused, innovative and cost-effective solutions.
This interface provides automatic transfer of demographic data from firstHOSPICE to the Optum hospice pharmacy management software.

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