E-book Shows Home Health Opportunities for Palliative and Hospice Care

Posted On: December 16th, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
E-book Shows Opportunities for Palliative and Hospice Care

According to the Social Security Administration, one out of every four 65-year-olds will live past age 90, and one in 10 will live past age 95. As Americans live longer, however, more people are beset by multiple chronic conditions and … Continue Reading

Interdisciplinary Care Planning Gives More Complete Patient Picture

Posted On: December 9th, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Interdisciplinary Care Planning Gives More Complete Patient Picture

Interdisciplinary care planning is a key component of the clinical management functionality of McKesson Homecare™ home care software. Nurses, therapists and social workers have their own goals and outcomes that are reflected in the care plans they create. But are … Continue Reading

Medicare Shared Savings Program Shines Spotlight on ACOs

Posted On: December 2nd, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Medicare Shared Savings Program Shines Spotlight on ACOs

It appears that accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient-centered medical homes and other care models that stress value and quality over fee for service aren’t going anywhere. One of the newest efforts to promote ACOs comes from the Centers for Medicare … Continue Reading

IOM: Talking about Death Should Not be Taboo

Posted On: November 25th, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Talking about Death Should Not be Taboo

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) believes that talking about death should be a natural part of life, according to a 500-page report from the agency. “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life” takes … Continue Reading

Value-based Payments Pilot Likely for Home Health Agencies

Posted On: November 18th, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
Value-based Payments Pilot Likely for Home Health Agencies

Changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) for calendar year 2015 offer both challenges and opportunities for agency executives. One of the most exciting opportunities announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is … Continue Reading