Quality Outcomes
11/13/2019
Coders are no longer required to have physician documentation stating that chronic kidney disease is unrelated to hypertension when the physician states another cause, according to Q3 Coding Clinic Guidance.
11/13/2019
Reevaluate the role of intake and consider adopting stricter intake policies to get the referral right from the outset.
11/13/2019
It started with a gold star program and a traveling gnome. For one home health agency, these seemingly disconnected ideas became the ingredients to achieving top-notch customer care and improved patient satisfaction scores.
11/13/2019
The number of agencies achieving five stars in the quality of care ratings dropped slightly in the October 2019 refresh of Home Health Compare.
10/31/2019
Coders now have some guidance on how to capture health care encounters and deaths related to e-cigarette, vaping or product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).
10/31/2019
Make efforts to ensure all staff receive the flu vaccine and re-educate them on best practices around influenza-specific infection prevention steps. Do this to better ensure employee productivity and positive patient outcomes this flu season.
10/24/2019
Hospices and home health agencies should take steps to educate patients and families about how to safely store and dispose of medications — especially opioids — to ensure patients have access to the medications they need and to prevent diversion of drugs into the community.
10/24/2019
The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will negatively impact agency cash flow. The question is when — and how much — that negative impact will be felt.
10/17/2019
Agencies should consider establishing processes for how to handle changes in a patient’s condition between the first and second 30-day payment periods under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM).
10/17/2019
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about improving care coordination under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), agencies asked questions of industry expert Diane Link, owner of Link Healthcare Advantage in Littlestown, Pa. Here are some of her answers.

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