Recent healthcare regulations have affected home care agencies, particularly with regard to ensuring the confidentiality of patient records and payment levels of home care workers. Now more than ever, agencies have to make sure they comply with the latest rules while keeping their companies viable and meeting the needs of... Keep Reading
Patient safety is, of course, an ongoing concern in hospitals and clinics that can be addressed through better processes and technological solutions. The healthcare environment is constantly shifting in order to accommodate these new advances. The changes are leading to greater speed and efficiency throughout the organization, but the wellbeing... Keep Reading
Health care in the U.S. is one of the hottest topics in the news today. Not since 50 years ago, when the federal government began administering Medicare benefits to Americans aged 65 and older, has health and how we deliver care to older Americans been so important.
How health care is... Keep Reading
The benefits of using mobile technology in home health care are numerous. Among the list of benefits for a home health agency is accountability through Electronic Visit Verification (EVV).
Why EVV Matters
Accountability is currently a hot button issue in health care, where many advocacy groups, agencies and health care providers are... Keep Reading
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) – a non-profit, 501(c)(3) foundation committed to research and education about the value of home health care to patients and the U.S. health care system – today launched a research-based strategic planning project on the future of home health care... Keep Reading
Late yesterday afternoon, CMS (the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services) broke their silence and announced that the new ICD-10-CM implementation date will be October 1, 2015. This information comes on the heels of passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 on April 1, which delayed the... Keep Reading
In the realm of home health, efficient software is a key factor in running a successful, profitable agency. Even with solid policies in place, near-perfect execution of patient care and documentation processing – there are numerous business aspects to a home health agency – and efficiently managing each one affects... Keep Reading
Imagine a digital tattoo that transmits skin temperature; a transparent sensor on a contact lens that tests for glaucoma; a pliable pacemaker wrapped around a beating heart; and an implant that controls pain after surgery, then dissolves harmlessly when it is no longer needed.
Each one is an experiment under way... Keep Reading
Rapid advances in healthcare technology and the economics of healthcare delivery are creating unprecedented opportunities for more healthcare services to be delivered in the comfort of patients’ homes. And not a moment too soon, because all studies point to growing pressures on our healthcare system as... Keep Reading
Thanks to decades of advancements in medicine, humans have a longer life expectancy than ever before. Consider that the oldest living person today – Misawo Okawa at 116 years old – was not expected to see her 45th birthday when she was born in 1898. While super-centenarians like Okawa are... Keep Reading