Critical Steps in Hospice Medication Reporting

Posted On: February 8th, 2017

By Lori Roberson 
Senior Consultant, Optum Consulting
Critical Steps in Hospice Medication Reporting

As it examines new reimbursement models, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking closely at medication reporting by hospices. Although hospices are not currently being reimbursed separately for medications given, CMS is keen to gather data on … Continue Reading

CMS Guidelines from 2017 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule

Posted On: January 31st, 2017

By Judi Lund Person, MPH, CHC 
VP, Regulatory and Compliance, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
CMS Guidelines from 2017 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule

Reading into a government-issued rule set might seem an odd activity, but the truth is, we can gain valuable knowledge about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plans for our industry by looking at the 2017 Hospice Wage … Continue Reading

Focus on Details Leads to 60% Fewer Readmissions

Posted On: January 24th, 2017

Jennifer VanWinkle By Jennifer VanWinkle 
Clinical Product Manager, McKesson
Empty wheelchair leaving hospital

As home health nurses, therapists and aides know all too well, caring for patients after they leave the hospital can be incredibly complex. But a program focused on relatively simple things like medication management, nutrition choices and transportation reduced readmissions … Continue Reading

Elevating Team Psychology to ‘Safe’ Levels

Posted On: January 17th, 2017

By Lori Shifferd 
Director of Education and Implementation, McKesson
Elevating Team Psychology to Safe Levels

Patient safety is a mantra in healthcare, but another type of safety deserves our attention: psychological safety for our care teams. A recent article on the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst blog reports on a study of Google teams … Continue Reading

Preparing for Alternative Payment Models, Part 2

Posted On: January 10th, 2017

By Michael Mayer, CIO, The Americare Companies and Michael Zucker, VP Patient Accounts, The Americare Companies
Taking steps to prepare for alternative payment models in home health. (2)

In our last post, we looked at five alternative payment models currently being tested. Although the models differ in their approach, they all depend on data to work. So in this post, we’ll take a deep dive into the changes … Continue Reading