Category Archives: Home Health Documentation

Riding the Evidence-Based Practice Wave

It’s not making as big of a splash as care models like ACOs or the ICD-10 changeover, but the movement toward evidence-based care is having a major impact on clinicians, including those in home health and hospice. A new study … Continue Reading

Going to HIMSS? Learn About Wound Care

If you’re planning to attend the educations essions at next week’s HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, I hope you can make the session on “Improving Population Health Through an Electronic Wound Management Program.” I’ll be speaking at that … Continue Reading

Paper Documentation Difficult to Eliminate, But Worth the Effort

Even after the adoption of an agency management solution, how much of your agency’s workload is still processed through paper forms? Treasure Coast Hospice, which serves two Florida counties from its base in Stuart, had 130 paper forms, including a … Continue Reading

Home Care Ready for Opportunities in 2014

The home care industry is ideally suited to help hospitals, health systems and providers monitor patients with chronic conditions so they can maintain or even improve their health. Your home care services will be vital in 2014 as penalties stiffen … Continue Reading

Spotlight on Transitions, Care Coordination

Medicare’s focus on care transitions represents a terrific opportunity for home care agencies to demonstrate their effectiveness at preventing readmissions. A recent “Health Affairs” article noted that beneficiaries in Medicare fee-for-service programs see an average of five physicians. Clearly, care … Continue Reading

Advantages of Exception-based Quality Review

To address the healthcare environment’s Triple Aim of improving quality, assuring continuing care management and improving cost effectiveness, organizations increasingly must be vigilant about performing quality reviews. Clinical documentation that is accurate, consistent, timely and meets regulatory and billing requirements … Continue Reading

More Data, More Movement, Fewer Errors

Having the best, most updated information on customers is a priority for virtually every business. In the homecare industry, that information can be critically important, even life-saving. These days, more patient information is being exchanged due to care transitions, care … Continue Reading

Agencies Must Show Value to ACOs

Participating in ACOs can be a key growth strategy, but home health agencies must know what to expect and how to show their value, says Mark Sharp, CPA, partner at BKD, LLP. Sharp was among the featured speakers at the … Continue Reading

HIEs Can Improve Clinician Workflow, Satisfaction

Often, improving clinician satisfaction can be as easy as making sure they have the tools they need to do their job. Of course, today’s home health providers consider data as important a diagnostic tool as a stethoscope, which can add … Continue Reading

Location Reporting Requirements Effective July 1

Home health agencies have additional reporting requirements related to a patient’s place of residence for episodes beginning July 1, 2013, and later. Hospice agencies have been reporting Q codes since 2007; now homecare agencies need to report similar information on … Continue Reading