Quality Outcomes
Conduct a detailed nutritional assessment for all your home health patients. Ensuring patients have proper nutrition will help prevent them from developing wounds and/or infections that could lead to rehospitalizations, industry experts say.
by: Nestle
Home health agencies can use Nestlé’s Mini Nutritional Assessment to help identify patients who are malnourished or at risk
for malnutrition.
One Massachusetts-based home health agency is saving hundreds to thousands of dollars an episode and has improved quality outcomes by using a Wound Ostomy Certified Nurse (WOCN), forming a wound team and enhancing wound care training.
Agencies in the nine value-based purchasing states performed better and improved more on several key Home Health Compare measures, according to an ABILITY Network analysis of April 2017 Home Health Compare data. These measures are based on the same data elements used to determine value-based purchasing financial rewards. 
By keeping patients better informed about when clinicians will arrive, agencies can improve their performance on two low-scoring HHCAHPS questions. Such an improvement could raise your agency’s HHCAHPS results and star rating, something referral sources strongly consider.
One takeaway from the 2018 proposed PPS rule is that value-based purchasing isn’t going anywhere, industry experts say.
Educate clinicians about the major quality measure changes CMS announced it plans to make to comply with the IMPACT Act.
The number of agencies earning 5 stars in patient satisfaction rose drastically in July 2017 compared to the prior quarter. This presents an opportunity for 500 more agencies to market their star status to referral sources.
For the first time since 5-star quality of care ratings were released back in July 2015, there has been a drop — albeit a slight one — in the number of 5-star agencies.
The latest update of Home Health Compare data was released July 12 and agencies have — again — taken major strides on many of the measures included within value-based purchasing.


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