Quality Outcomes
Agencies often fall into the trap of passively monitoring instead of taking action to observe, assess, teach and instruct, which can help keep patients with diabetes out of the hospital.
One of the best ways to start laying the foundation now for future Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) bonuses is to focus fresh attention on your patient satisfaction efforts.
Everything that clinicians do determines an agency’s revenue, including their OASIS answers, code choices and how they conduct visits — with impacts on period payments, as well as determining an agency’s quality reporting scores and star ratings.
As flu season is once again upon us, CMS is offering providers new guidance on vaccinating patients.
The latest FAQs from CMS offer guidance on payors included in the HHVBP and more info on the annual performance report.
These examples from CMS demonstrate how the performance scoring methodology is applied to the claims-based, OASIS-based and HHCAHPS survey-based measure categories in Home Health Value-Based Purchasing.
Agencies that did not prioritize their Quality of Patient Care (QoPC) Star Ratings while a pandemic data freeze was in effect are starting to see the areas in which they may have been affected.
Train staff to ask patients specific questions before they are discharged from the hospital so you can be patient-ready as more acute patients are seeking home care. This one step will smooth the transition and improve quality outcomes.
Having an effective clinical documentation improvement program may be key as home health faces an increase in third-party scrutiny related to additional documentation requests and the Review Choice Demonstration.
In a home health setting, the subtle signs and symptoms of sepsis may go unnoticed by caregivers and family members, and the patient may be unable to articulate any discomfort.


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