Quality Outcomes
Hospice coders should keep guidelines and conventions in mind when coding for COVID-19 and its associated conditions.
The percent of COVID-19 patients with high functional impairment was 49% versus 44% of all patients who had high functional status between April and December 2020, according to Strategic Healthcare Programs’ (SHP) national database. (See benchmark.)
Acute Hospital Care at Home could serve as an opportunity for home health agencies to partner with hospitals.
Refine your disease management program to increase revenue and referrals, improve patient outcomes and decrease hospitalization rates.
Agencies may soon have updated best practices for reducing falls thanks to a new program by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.
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.


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