Top 10 Home Health Survey Deficiencies in 2011

Home Health Software Can Help Reduce Errors.

At the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) March on Washington in March, representatives from CMS participated in a panel discussion about regulatory and policy initiatives for this year.  As part of this discussion, the panel identified the top ten home health survey deficiencies in 2011.  They are listed below:

G158 – Written Plan of Care established & periodically reviewed
G159 – Plan of Care covers diagnosis, required services, visits, etc.
G236 – Record with past/current findings maintained for all patients
G337 – Assessment includes review of all medications
G121 – Compliance with accepted professional standards/principles
G229 – Supervisory visits if skilled care no less than once every 2 weeks
G143 – Coordination of Patient Services
G170 – Skilled Nursing Services furnished in accordance with Plan of Care
G176 – RN prepares notes, coordinates, informs MD, other staff of changes
G165 – Drugs and treatment administered only as ordered by physician

The use of home health software is incredibly important in helping to reduce errors by your staff.  Most software vendors utilize regulatory compliance teams who are constantly working to ensure your software is up to date and compliant with the latest regulations.

Some software vendors, such as HEALTHCAREfirst take compliance one step further by offering products that give you complete insight into your business and financial practices.  firstHOMECARE, HEALTHCAREfirst’s Web-based agency management software, has built-in alerts for field clinicians and office staff, identifying missing/incomplete documentation, personnel certification expirations and pending deadlines.

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