Quality Outcomes
Agencies that practice more preventative care through helping patients gain access to healthier food and empowering them to follow better food habits, will impact the number of patients admitted to the hospital.
LUPA rates are up compared to 2019. Even though the pandemic ended last spring, lingering COVID-19 cases and other airborne infections are still affecting whether or not someone accepts or keeps home health services.
One way to prepare for bonuses in HHVBP is to look at key OASIS items such as M1033 and the SDoH items as a tool to craft stronger plans of care complete with interventions that will keep patients safe at home and out of the hospital. 
Agencies should pay close attention to their fall interventions as recent Care Compare data showed improvement on quality measures except for the measure regarding falls. 
Home health agencies often get so caught up in caring for patients that it can be difficult to see when hospice and palliative care may be more appropriate. If patients don’t get the hospice care when they need it, it could cause a risk for hospitalization. 
Apply the information you’re collecting now around Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and health equity to get ahead of future quality measures alluded to by CMS in the 2024 Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule.
Effectively tracking clinical groupings and using that information to invest in training can not only better patient outcomes but can help agencies to save money before payment cuts take effect.
The timeliness of care quality measure for home health agencies has been slowly climbing over the past year, going from 95.6% in July 2022 to 96% in July 2023, according to the latest Care Compare data.
by: DecisionHealth Staff
Having a nurse who speaks the same language can help prevent hospital readmissions among home health patients who don’t speak or know very little English, according to a new study out of New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
Using data from an urban home health organization, results found that home health clinicians spend less time with patients “for whom they document the language of judgment” — words like “adamant,” “apparently,” “claims” and “insists."


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