Risks: No home health agency likes to think about them, but every one faces them. From overlooked drug interactions to documentation errors, these liabilities threaten to undermine the hard work you put in to provide high-quality care to the people who need it most. But with a clear understanding of the risks your home health agency faces, you can develop strong prevention plans to keep your agency running smoothly.
Ready to tackle risk head-on? Start by seeing where you stand. Grade your agency with this home health risk assessment:
Risk #1: Drug safety
Kaiser Health News analyzed home health agencies across the country between January 2010 and July 2015 and found that around a quarter of them covered by Medicare “inadequately reviewed or tracked medications for new patients.”
The skies may be sunny at your home health or hospice agency … and then you’re hit with a RAC audit. Such a notice can cause you and your staff’s stress levels to spike as you scramble to figure out what went wrong and when. You may worry about financial penalties and that the hard-earned reputation of your agency might suffer.
The more you know about RAC audits – those administered by Recovery Audit Contractors – the better you can prevent them, and, in the worst-case scenario, deal with them. Learning about RAC audits is more urgent now than ever before, as home health and hospice agencies switch to a value-based payment model and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services increases its scrutiny of home health agencies. In 2014 alone, RAC audits corrected $34.9 million in home health payments.
You’ve made the decision: It’s time to implement a new EMR system at your home health or hospice agency. Whatever the reason for the switch, whether it was made to better accommodate your growth or more efficiently track compliance, a big undertaking is ahead of both you and your staff. But as intimidating as the implementation process may seem, it’s important to embrace this period of change as one of excitement and new beginnings, and the opportunity to make your agency’s goals of providing a higher level of patient care a reality.
Innovation is changing the world around us, offering solutions to long-held problems that are improving the way we communicate, conduct business, learn and grow. It’s also impacting healthcare, of course, and particularly home health and hospice.
As the healthcare landscape changes and Medicare and other regulations evolve, it’s essential that home health agencies invest in tomorrow. Implementing advanced, innovative technologies in a home health or hospice setting will help agencies continue to provide the highest level of care and patients see improved outcomes.
Ever had to walk around all day in a pair of pants that’s just a few sizes too small? Every aspect of your day becomes a struggle!
It really shows you that one size doesn’t fit all – and the same holds true in home health.
If your EMR isn’t tailor made for home care, then your agency isn’t unlocking its full potential.
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Information and data is flying at you at a mile per minute, and sometimes it seems that you’ll never get the chance to take a breather.
Your software shouldn’t be out of control – it should help you provide the best quality care to patients. Worry less with NDoc, Thornberry’s industry-leading system that helps your home health or hospice agency breathe.
As you just learned, value-based purchasing, or VBP, is set to significantly change the way home health agencies are reimbursed.
The new model rolled out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services prioritizes quality of care, and provide greater compensation to those agencies who demonstrate the highest levels of care and strongest patient outcomes.
You know the importance of having an EMR at your home health or hospice agency – but a poorly designed EMR can jeopardize your quality of care and hurt more than it helps.
That’s why it’s essential to have a comprehensive EMR designed to suit the needs of your agency. A better EMR can drive quality, improve patient outcomes and lead to happier, healthier communities.