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.
Starting Oct. 1 there will be 69 new ICD-10 dementia codes to further identify the stage of severity and behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).
Consider adding a medical director to your operations as a way to directly improve patient outcomes related to rehospitalization and medication management, while overcoming key compliance challenges and growing referrals.
Some agencies have adapted their services to cater to the evolving needs of the patients they are seeing as a result of the pandemic. This approach has proven to not only reduce unnecessary hospitalizations but also attract new referrals.
One of the publicly reported quality outcome measures that improved slightly in April’s quarterly refresh of home health data on Care Compare was “How often patients’ breathing improved.”
Both home health and hospice agencies have an underutilized resource at their disposal to assess and reduce risks to patients: the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report.
The use of Medical Social Workers (MSWs) in home health agencies has been on a quarter-over-quarter downward trend throughout the pandemic, according to new data from Strategic Healthcare Programs.
Recently a bill was signed into law in Indiana requiring home health aides to complete dementia training, making Indiana one of 13 states that has a dementia training requirement for home health aides.
Look beyond the focus of care when assessing risk for hospitalizations as the home health industry prepares for Home Health Value-Based Purchasing in January.


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