Quality Outcomes
01/02/2020
Many home health agencies are looking to diversify services and payor sources in 2020, with some focusing on the growing opportunity of Medicare Advantage and others expecting an uptick in private health insurance.
01/02/2020
No one likes the thought of extra documentation beyond what the CMS requires, but adding in-house documentation requirements at strategic points during an episode of care could expedite processes overall, making it easier for home care providers to meet shortened timeframes under Medicare’s new payment model.
12/18/2019
 Agencies will need to pay more attention than ever to visit utilization and case management because of changes to how low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs) will be calculated under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM).
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.

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