Where There’s Change, There’s Opportunity

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Karen Utterback By Karen Utterback 
Former Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, McKesson (Retired)

Where There’s Change, There’s OpportunityIt looks like 2014 is shaping up to be the year of home health compliance. From more oversight and auditing of HIPAA compliance to proposed changes by CMS to OASIS data, home care providers are under greater scrutiny than ever. But that scrutiny can be advantageous for those agencies that have prepared.

Our new e-book, “Creating Opportunities in Today’s Homecare Regulatory Environment,”  explores the challenges, the potential solutions and the opportunities that these changes can bring to your agency. The e-book focuses on how your agency can maintain home care documentation that is compliant with federal regulations while helping to improve user satisfaction, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.

The good news is that technology solutions can help your agency:

• Demonstrate adherence to evidence-based practices

• Document patient-centric care

• Record and display patient outcome data

• Stay compliant with regulatory bodies

Were you aware that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping states rebalance their long-term care systems, which could bring opportunities for home care agencies nationwide? The ACA appropriated an additional $2.25 billion in funding Medicaid’s “Money Follows the Person” program and expanded eligibility through 2016.

Similarly, CMS recently issued new guidelines resulting from the settlement of a court case that will help more chronic disease patients with Medicare stay at home longer. Of course, hospitals will continue to combat the revolving door of readmissions, underscoring the need for effective care transitions between acute providers and post-acute settings – including discharges to home.

I believe that home health and hospice agencies like yours are uniquely suited to work with the healthcare community, contributing your expertise to patients and providers.

Download our new e-book, “Creating Opportunities in Today’s Homecare Regulatory Environment,” to learn how your agency can manage the changes ahead and capitalize on the opportunities that await.

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