Quality Outcomes
by: Joan Usher
Case conferences will take on increased importance when the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) launches on or after Jan. 1, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are mailing notifications to agencies determined to be noncompliant with quality reporting requirements for 2017, CMS recently announced.
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.
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.
If your agency hasn’t stepped up its efforts to educate clinicians about M2020 (Management of oral medications), now is the time.
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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