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The Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) patient engagement survey impacts the bottom line of home health agencies (HHAs) primarily through attracting referral sources and value based reimbursements.  The HHCAHPS survey is also important for engaging patients through the survey process and gaining insights from how... Keep Reading
This is the first in a series of blogs on the importance of HHCAHPS surveys and their value to helping improve patient outcomes and growing business.  The Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) patient engagement survey impacts the bottom line of home health agencies, primarily through attracting... Keep Reading
While Axxess continues to work every day to create innovative solutions to address industry needs and make lives better, the company and its leaders have been recognized for their accomplishments. Earlier this year, IDG’s Computerworld for the second consecutive year recognized Axxess as the Best Place to Work in IT and profiled our company with... Keep Reading
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that home health agencies (HHAs) operating in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will allow agency staff to focus on patient care while in the midst of recovery. On August 31, 2017, CMS announced that blanket waivers had been issued for several provider... Keep Reading
CMS recently published  proposed updates to the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) for 2018. The proposal outlines updates to market basket, national 60-day episode payment, per visit rates and any rebasing changes. It also outlines changes to Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model (HHVBP) and Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) standards,... Keep Reading
For home health agencies (HHAs) serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in the coastal Texas region, there is an unseen benefit among preparations for the looming Hurricane Harvey. Projected to strengthen to a category 3 hurricane with 110 mph winds before making landfall late Friday or early Saturday morning, Harvey promises to... Keep Reading
The importance of the home health aide, as part of the patient care delivery team, is formally recognized in the updated Medicare Home Health Conditions of Participation (HH CoPs). For those of us who have worked on a team with an aide in the home health industry, we have long... Keep Reading
Axxess' Vice President of Operations, Melody Lenox, recently hosted a series of videos for the Forbes Human Resource (HR) Council, a well-regarded forum for HR executives from startups to international organizations to share leadership advice and insight about their everyday responsibilities of hiring new talent, managing internal policies and staff, and... Keep Reading
Updates to the Home Health Conditions of Participation (HH CoPs) include frequent references to patient-centered, individualized care using an interdisciplinary team approach. Clinicians will be tasked with performing patient-focused comprehensive assessments, creating individualized plans of care with measurable goals and coordinating patient care with the physician and other disciplines involved... Keep Reading
Here is the answer: It lies not in what you do, but in why and how you do it. So, what is the question? The question is: In an industry where all providers offer the same services to the same group of people, how does a home healthcare agency differentiate itself so... Keep Reading
CMS announced a Final Rule document on July 10, delaying the effective date for the updated Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation (HH CoPs) for Medicare and Medicaid agencies. This final rule delays the effective date from July 13, 2017, to January 13, 2018, and will confirm date changes for... Keep Reading
The times they are a-changing. No longer can a home health agency rest on its laurels and its past successes, or its past referral sources and funnel for patients. It is time to start thinking about who you want as a partner for the future, and how to go about... Keep Reading