Category Archives: Home Health Documentation

Feds Ratchet Up Medicare Fraud Detection Efforts

Feds Ratchet Up Medicare Fraud Detection Efforts

If you think that the federal government isn’t serious about cracking down on instances of Medicaid and Medicare fraud and abuse, think again. During the government’s 2013 fiscal year, a record $4.3 billion was recovered, breaking the previous record of … Continue Reading

Organizational Change Ultimately a People Issue

Organizational Change Ultimately a People Issue

Georgia Hockenjos, RN, BSN, MBA, compares the feelings that people dealing with organizational changes go through to the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. “I’ve worked with people in every stage,” says Hockenjos, vice president at … Continue Reading

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 education sessions 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