Quality Outcomes
10/24/2019
Hospices and home health agencies should take steps to educate patients and families about how to safely store and dispose of medications — especially opioids — to ensure patients have access to the medications they need and to prevent diversion of drugs into the community.
10/24/2019
The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will negatively impact agency cash flow. The question is when — and how much — that negative impact will be felt.
10/17/2019
Agencies should consider establishing processes for how to handle changes in a patient’s condition between the first and second 30-day payment periods under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM).
10/17/2019
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about improving care coordination under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), agencies asked questions of industry expert Diane Link, owner of Link Healthcare Advantage in Littlestown, Pa. Here are some of her answers.
10/17/2019
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reduced the annual penalty limits for many HIPAA violations. View the revised amounts below.
10/10/2019
Draw from one agency’s pilot program and infection control best practices to achieve positive outcomes for patients with catheters.
 
10/10/2019
Strategically schedule visits to reduce the amount of time clinicians and aides spend driving. Doing so can have a positive impact on productivity.
10/10/2019
Eugene Scalia’s confirmation as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to kick-start more rollbacks of Obama-era policies and usher in a more solidly pro-business era, according to attorneys who represent employers.
 
09/18/2019
Coders soon may have the ability to capture additional detail for patients with Stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) if a proposal to expand code N18.3 (Chronic kidney disease, stage 3 (moderate)) into a subcategory is approved.
 
09/18/2019
Clinicians are taking more time to complete OASIS-D than they were to complete OASIS-C2, in part because of a new multi-part item capturing mobility.
 

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