Quality Outcomes
As flu season ramps up, it’s vital to ensure patients get vaccinated. Agencies should work to educate patients about the vaccine and dispel common myths.
Nearly 400 fewer agencies earned five stars in patient satisfaction in October 2018 than they had in July 2018, according to the latest refresh of Home Health Compare.
Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are mailing notifications to agencies determined to be noncompliant with quality reporting requirements for 2017, CMS recently announced.
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.
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.
If your agency hasn’t stepped up its efforts to educate clinicians about M2020 (Management of oral medications), now is the time.
Establish procedures, set benchmarks and hold staff accountable to increase efficiencies as part of a management approach designed to ensure quality and compliance.
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.
Aides can be an integral part of preventing hospitalizations, but they are often left out of an agency’s interdisciplinary team.
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.


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