Quality Outcomes
Managing and caring for wound care patients in the home can be a challenge, and with the added effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that agencies work to combat these challenges.
Clinicians sometimes get tripped up when deciding which diagnoses to include on the plan of care (POC).
A drop in the number of charts completed by those who are doing coding and OASIS review is, in part, due to the January implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the specificity required in documentation that came along with it.
An OASIS assessment with a stronger description of the patient’s needs, as well as fewer red flags, is made easier with a collaborative relationship between the reviewer and clinician.
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about the final 2021 ICD-10 Codes, agencies asked questions of Ohio-based independent home health and hospice consultant Brandi Whitemyer, RN, CDIP, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-O.
Now more than ever, it’s vital for agencies to take a look at their processes for assessing risk for hospitalization.
Pay attention to all of the OASIS items, not just those functional items that are worth points in PDGM. 
The pandemic has affected agencies’ ability to impact patient quality outcomes, and the industry is asking for CMS to consider this when making future determinations about publicly reported measures and the future of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model.
Agencies remain hopeful that they will receive some of the 150M rapid, point of care (POC) COVID-19 tests created by Abbott BinaxNOW in Abbott Park, Ill.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) clarified the threshold for the amount of relief funds that would require providers to deliver additional data elements to keep their money after August 17, 2020.


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