Quality Outcomes
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.
Helping patients with diabetes manage their care and avoid preventable readmissions is challenging under normal circumstances, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patients coming to home care after long, intensive hospital stays as a result of COVID-19 require intensive physical therapy, but the key is to balance physical visits with virtual visits while also taking into account the patient’s tolerance.
Some home health agencies have started offering outpatient therapy services as a new service line in response to the growing demand for patients to receive this service in the home.
Following is a list of some of the more significant, key benchmarks that agencies can manage and track to help secure cashflow during PDGM, the pandemic and beyond, says John Reisinger, CPA, owner of Innovative Financial Solutions for Home Health in Tampa, Fla.
Several months have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic began and many agencies have begun to see its effects on the mental health and overall well-being of their elderly patients who have been in isolation.
One of the biggest ways to avoid patient complaints is to clearly communicate clinicians’ schedules to patients.


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