Percentage of Home Health Spending to Outpace Overall Growth

Posted On: March 13th, 2018

Billie Whitehurst By Billie Whitehurst, MS, RN 
Senior Vice President, Extended Care and Care Operations, Change Healthcare
Home health nurse with a patient

New home health spending projections bode well for the industry, a segment expected to see among the highest forecasted growth on a percentage basis. Each year, the actuarial office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) creates a … Continue Reading

Inpatient Hospice: Better Data, Better Management

Posted On: March 6th, 2018

By Coleen Schmidt, COO 
Horizon Home Care & Hospice Inc.
Smiling hospice caregiver with patient

Managing a hospice inpatient unit can be an exercise in frustration, even if the goal is to break even. But a focus on standardization and a strong data component can simplify this job considerably. At Horizon Home Care & Hospice … Continue Reading

Conquering the Hospice Item Set

Posted On: February 28th, 2018

Rhonda Perrin Oakes, RN, CHPN, Regulatory Analyst, Change Healthcare and Rich Gardner, Product Manager, Change Healthcare
Hospice nurse consulting with a patient on a tablet

The importance of timing cannot be overlooked in the efficient running of a hospice organization, and that’s especially true when it comes to the Hospice Item Set (HIS). In fact, a misunderstanding over timing led to quite a few hospices … Continue Reading

Audits Coming to Home Health and Hospice in Most States

Posted On: February 20th, 2018

Rhonda Perrin Oaks, RN, CHP By Rhonda Perrin Oakes, RN, CHPN 
Regulatory Analyst, Change Healthcare
Home Health Audits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved home health for review with Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Performant Recovery Inc. The audits are scheduled to begin soon in 42 non-demonstration states. Is your organization ready? Performant is expected … Continue Reading

Exploring Palliative and End-of-Life-Care Quality Measures

Posted On: February 15th, 2018

Rhonda Perrin Oaks, RN, CHP By Rhonda Perrin Oakes, RN, CHPN 
Regulatory Analyst, Change Healthcare
New Hospice Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been clear about its goals for hospice, which are being implemented in part through the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). It already has implemented several metrics. Some of them are National … Continue Reading