Elevating Team Psychology to ‘Safe’ Levels

Posted On: January 17th, 2017

By Lori Shifferd 
Director of Education and Implementation, McKesson
Elevating Team Psychology to Safe Levels

Patient safety is a mantra in healthcare, but another type of safety deserves our attention: psychological safety for our care teams. A recent article on the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst blog reports on a study of Google teams … Continue Reading

Preparing for Alternative Payment Models, Part 2

Posted On: January 10th, 2017

By Michael Mayer, CIO, The Americare Companies and Michael Zucker, VP Patient Accounts, The Americare Companies
Taking steps to prepare for alternative payment models in home health. (2)

In our last post, we looked at five alternative payment models currently being tested. Although the models differ in their approach, they all depend on data to work. So in this post, we’ll take a deep dive into the changes … Continue Reading

Preparing for Alternative Payment Models, Part 1

Posted On: January 3rd, 2017

By Michael Mayer, CIO, The Americare Companies and Michael Zucker, VP Patient Accounts, The Americare Companies
Tough Decisions in Alternative Payment Models

A huge number of alternative payment models are being discussed by healthcare executives, government entities and pundits. In this post, we’ll outline five models currently being tested. But first, we’d like to stress the importance of not getting bogged down … Continue Reading

Patient Safety Goals Unchanged—But Still Crucial

Posted On: December 27th, 2016

Jennifer VanWinkle By Jennifer VanWinkle 
Clinical Product Manager, McKesson
Patient Safety Goals Unchanged but Still Crucial

The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals in home health for 2017 remain the same as in the past couple of years, an indicator of their continued importance. These commonsense goals go a long way toward making patients’ lives better, … Continue Reading

Payment Changes Only One Part of CY 2017 Final Rule

Posted On: December 20th, 2016

Rhonda Oakes By Rhonda Oakes 
Regulatory Analyst, McKesson
Clinician discussing Medicare payments for home health care

The dust has settled and transmittals have begun to post offering additional instructions and guidance around the CY 2017 final rule for home health agencies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reducing Medicare payments to home health … Continue Reading