Quality Outcomes
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.
Home health agencies may soon have access to a new home infusion therapy (HIT) benefit, effective January 1, 2021, if the related proposals in the 2021 PPS rule get finalized.
The risk of patient paperwork transmitting infection is low, unless the patient is coughing onto the paper, experts conclude.
Increased age, medical co-morbidities and dementia-related behaviors can increase one’s risk for COVID-19.
Occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs) and speech language pathologists (SLPs) are now able to conduct initial and comprehensive assessments when skilled nursing is also on the initiating home health order during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Answers to these questions are provided by J’non Griffin, owner and president of Home Health Solutions, a nationwide outsourcing and consulting firm serving home health, hospice and long-term care.
As states began imposing shutdown orders in the wake of COVID-19, essential businesses such as home health agencies needed a game plan to cope with new restrictions.


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