Quality Outcomes
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.
09/26/2018
CMS has announced it is finalizing a proposal to add the measure “Improvement in management of oral medications” and remove the measure “Drug education on all medications provided to patient/caregiver during all episodes of care” from home health quality of care star ratings.
08/15/2018
Aides can be an integral part of preventing hospitalizations, but they are often left out of an agency’s interdisciplinary team.
08/09/2018
Even though it’s vital to prepare for OASIS-D, if your agency doesn’t continue educating clinicians about how to fill out the existing M items on the OASIS its scores on Home Health Compare could go down the drain.
08/09/2018
Just 27 home health agencies have maintained a 5-star rating in quality of care during the 13 quarters the star ratings system has existed. The latest ratings were released July 25.
08/01/2018
Home Health Compare’s latest refresh marks the fourth straight quarter where there was a rise in the number of 5-star agencies in quality of care.

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