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

In Case of an Emergency…

Posted On: February 6th, 2018

By Kristin Persson, Business Systems Analyst, Change Healthcare and Rhonda Perrin Oakes, RN, CHPN, Regulatory Analyst, Change Healthcare
Emergency Response Vehicle

No matter where your home care or hospice organization is located, you face the possibility of natural disasters that would require moving patients under your care. The Emergency Preparedness Rule, which went into effect in November 2017, aims to ensure … Continue Reading

How to Strengthen Your Regulatory Planning Strategy

Posted On: January 30th, 2018

By Rhonda Perrin Oakes, RN, CHPN, Regulatory Analyst, Change Healthcare and Lois Glanz, RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Optimization, UnityPoint at Home
Home Health Regulatory Planning Strategy Tips

Gardeners are fond of saying that what grows is what you water. In a sense, the same applies to healthcare: focus on an area, and it will improve. And when it comes to regulations, this idea can influence how change … Continue Reading

Losing Sleep Over 2018 CoPs?

Posted On: January 24th, 2018

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

Many home health executives are losing sleep over the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that took effect in mid-January. There’s good reason for this—they’re designed to create a fundamental shift in how care services are planned, executed, documented and evaluated. To … Continue Reading

Hospice Dealing with New Rules Regarding Opioids

Posted On: January 16th, 2018

Billie Whitehurst By Billie Whitehurst, MS, RN 
Executive Vice President, Extended Care and Care Operations, Change Healthcare
New Hospice Rules for Opioids

The opioid crisis is forcing many hospices to reexamine their policies toward the prescribing and handling of controlled prescriptions, as well as staying current with laws in their states. Comfort Kits issued to hospice patients often contain controlled substances or … Continue Reading