Quality Outcomes
01/24/2019
by: Joan Usher
Case conferences will take on increased importance when the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) launches on or after Jan. 1, 2020.
01/09/2019
Ensure home health aides at your agency understand various factors that could contribute to a fall — and that aides report those risks. When aides know what to look for, risk factors become easy to spot.
01/02/2019
CMS has published updated details on potentially avoidable events, process and outcome measures for 2019. The updated tables also include details on star-ratings measures and quality measures new to Home Health Compare in 2019.
11/01/2018
As flu season ramps up, it’s vital to ensure patients get vaccinated. Agencies should work to educate patients about the vaccine and dispel common myths.
11/01/2018
Nearly 400 fewer agencies earned five stars in patient satisfaction in October 2018 than they had in July 2018, according to the latest refresh of Home Health Compare.
11/01/2018
Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are mailing notifications to agencies determined to be noncompliant with quality reporting requirements for 2017, CMS recently announced.
10/25/2018
With a new flu season here, now is the time for your agency to consider implementing a mandatory vaccination program for seasonal influenza. Some employees may initially object, but most experts agree that flu shots are a necessity for health care workers.
10/11/2018
During the 13 quarters CMS has updated its quality of patient care star rating system, fewer than 30 home health agencies have maintained a five-star rating, an HHL analysis shows.
10/11/2018
If your agency hasn’t stepped up its efforts to educate clinicians about M2020 (Management of oral medications), now is the time.
10/04/2018
Establish procedures, set benchmarks and hold staff accountable to increase efficiencies as part of a management approach designed to ensure quality and compliance.

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