Quality Outcomes
Beginning in October 2019, CMS will publicly display results involving a quality measure called “Potentially preventable 30-day post-discharge readmissions.”
Strong documentation is key in home health, and implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will add a new level of urgency to improvement in this area, industry experts contend.
Ensure clinicians fully understand how to respond to M2003 (Medication follow-up) when filling out the OASIS. The item has taken on greater importance because it’s part of a measure that is now publicly reported on Home Health Compare.
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about reducing hospitalizations using a QAPI approach, agencies asked questions of industry expert Diane Link, owner of Link Healthcare Advantage in Littlestown, Pa. Here are some of her answers.
CMS has posted training materials for the recent home heath quality reporting program in-person “Train the Trainer” event for home health agencies.
Educate all staff on the signs and symptoms of worsening congestive heart failure (CHF). Doing so could help reduce hospital readmission for patients with CHF.
Use this tool to help heart failure patients understand when they are at greatest risk, when to call the agency or doctor and when to call 911. 
The home health industry’s scores on bathing, transferring and ambulation showed continued improvement when Home Health Compare was refreshed Jan. 23.
Agencies with The Joint Commission as their accrediting body will soon have an increased need to educate patients about opioids.
More agencies plan to focus on improving the rate of acute care hospitalizations than any other quality of care star ratings measure in 2019.


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