Quality Outcomes
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) clarified the threshold for the amount of relief funds that would require providers to deliver additional data elements to keep their money after August 17, 2020.
Helping patients with diabetes manage their care and avoid preventable readmissions is challenging under normal circumstances, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patients coming to home care after long, intensive hospital stays as a result of COVID-19 require intensive physical therapy, but the key is to balance physical visits with virtual visits while also taking into account the patient’s tolerance.
Some home health agencies have started offering outpatient therapy services as a new service line in response to the growing demand for patients to receive this service in the home.
Following is a list of some of the more significant, key benchmarks that agencies can manage and track to help secure cashflow during PDGM, the pandemic and beyond, says John Reisinger, CPA, owner of Innovative Financial Solutions for Home Health in Tampa, Fla.
Several months have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic began and many agencies have begun to see its effects on the mental health and overall well-being of their elderly patients who have been in isolation.
One of the biggest ways to avoid patient complaints is to clearly communicate clinicians’ schedules to patients.
Home health agencies may soon have access to a new home infusion therapy (HIT) benefit, effective January 1, 2021, if the related proposals in the 2021 PPS rule get finalized.
The risk of patient paperwork transmitting infection is low, unless the patient is coughing onto the paper, experts conclude.
Increased age, medical co-morbidities and dementia-related behaviors can increase one’s risk for COVID-19.


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