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

9 Worthy Goals for Your Home Health Organization

Posted On: November 11th, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
9 Worthy Goals for Your Home Health Organization

I recently ran across an article on the Global Healthcare website aimed at improving patient satisfaction among hospitals, but many of the ideas translate perfectly well into your organizations. You probably are doing most of these, but here are the … Continue Reading

New Law Standardizes Reporting for Post-Acute Providers

Posted On: November 4th, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
New Law Standardizes Reporting for Post-Acute Providers

Post-acute providers, including home health agencies, are now required to report standardized patient assessment data and quality information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT) gained widespread support, … Continue Reading

5 Steps to Successful Home Health Software Implementation

Posted On: October 28th, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
5 Steps to Successful Home Health Software Implementation

Regardless of whether your agency is implementing McKesson Homecare™, McKesson Hospice™ or some other home health software system, the five keys to success remain constant. According to Starlene Kane, a McKesson implementation manager, those keys are: Planning on the Front … Continue Reading

7 Best Practices for Complex Care Management

Posted On: October 21st, 2014

By Karen Utterback
Vice President, Strategy, McKesson
7 Best Practices for Complex Care Management

A study by The Commonwealth Fund showing traits of successful complex care management (CCM) programs contains several points that should interest home health clinical directors. The study, “Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients: What Makes for a Successful Care Management Program?,” … Continue Reading