Proactive Strategies Help Organizations Stay Competitive

Posted On: July 23rd, 2015

By Terri Wimms, MSN RN
Chief Administrative Officer, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio
Members of a home health organization reviewing paperwork

Like nearly all home health organizations, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio has been faced with increasing competition, higher costs and lower reimbursements. But instead of entrenching and hoping the worst blows over, our organization has undertaken proactive strategies to play … Continue Reading

Aided by Home Visits, Pioneer ACOs Bring Medicare Savings

Posted On: July 14th, 2015

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Pioneer ACOs Result in Medicare Savings

Two recent studies found that accountable care organizations (ACOs) save the U.S. health system and specifically, Medicare money. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine discussed the results of a study that compared Medicare spending for beneficiaries attributed … Continue Reading

A Deep Dive into the Medicare 2015 Final Payment Rule for Hospice

Posted On: July 9th, 2015

By Amy Shellhart
Regulatory Product Manager, McKesson
A Deep Dive into the Medicare 2015 Final Payment Rule for Hospice

During a recent round table discussion that we facilitated with our customers, three managers from BlackTree Healthcare Consulting discussed six highlights of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2015 Final Rule for hospice: Increase of 2.1% in market basket … Continue Reading

Lean Six Sigma: Moving Past ‘We’ve Always Done It That Way’

Posted On: June 30th, 2015

By Craig Treml
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Candidate, McKesson
six sigma

Damon Werner is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt at McKesson, and he said something that made the audience sit up and take notice at this year’s McKesson Homecare & Hospice National Users’ Conference. During a session on Lean Six … Continue Reading

The Big Healthcare Push: Where Are Policymakers Taking Us?

Posted On: June 23rd, 2015

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
The Big Healthcare Push

Suggest a discussion of home health regulations and policies and you’ll probably get some eye rolls. Still, my session on that topic was well-attended at this year’s McKesson Homecare and Hospice National Users’ Conference. Home health professionals understand that recent … Continue Reading