Quality Outcomes
11/12/2020
A drop in the number of charts completed by those who are doing coding and OASIS review is, in part, due to the January implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the specificity required in documentation that came along with it.
11/05/2020
An OASIS assessment with a stronger description of the patient’s needs, as well as fewer red flags, is made easier with a collaborative relationship between the reviewer and clinician.
11/05/2020
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about the final 2021 ICD-10 Codes, agencies asked questions of Ohio-based independent home health and hospice consultant Brandi Whitemyer, RN, CDIP, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-O.
10/29/2020
Now more than ever, it’s vital for agencies to take a look at their processes for assessing risk for hospitalization.
 
10/22/2020
Pay attention to all of the OASIS items, not just those functional items that are worth points in PDGM. 
10/07/2020
The pandemic has affected agencies’ ability to impact patient quality outcomes, and the industry is asking for CMS to consider this when making future determinations about publicly reported measures and the future of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model.
10/01/2020
Agencies remain hopeful that they will receive some of the 150M rapid, point of care (POC) COVID-19 tests created by Abbott BinaxNOW in Abbott Park, Ill.
09/02/2020
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) clarified the threshold for the amount of relief funds that would require providers to deliver additional data elements to keep their money after August 17, 2020.
09/02/2020
Helping patients with diabetes manage their care and avoid preventable readmissions is challenging under normal circumstances, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
08/26/2020
Patients coming to home care after long, intensive hospital stays as a result of COVID-19 require intensive physical therapy, but the key is to balance physical visits with virtual visits while also taking into account the patient’s tolerance.

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