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Home care organizations went through a significant transition this year, with the 21st Century Cures Act requiring electronic visit verification (EVV) for all Medicaid personal care visits. Change inevitably brings growing pains, so it is important for organizations to remain flexible while their staff adjusts to the new system. Take advantage... Keep Reading
The words “pediatric palliative care” strike fear in many healthcare providers. Picturing children and their families suffering can be so overwhelming that it becomes a barrier to truly understanding the good things that come from the provision of pediatric palliative care. What if we view pediatric care through a different lens... Keep Reading
In 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2020 Home Health Final Rule, which introduced the new case-mix adjustment methodology, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). This new billing policy went into effect in 2020 and was immediately followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, overwhelming already stressed home... Keep Reading
As of late April, about 29% of the United States’ population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As the nation works toward herd immunity from the virus, home care providers are tasked with keeping track of the vaccination statuses of both their staff and clients, a job as tedious as it... Keep Reading
Palliative care is a hot topic in healthcare. It not only helps improve a patient’s quality of life through symptom management and goals of care planning, but it also reduces many patients’ revolving door readmissions to the hospital. However, as there are many variations of palliative care that organizations are providing... Keep Reading
The 2021 transition to the no-pay Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) has not been without obstacles for home health organizations, with unavoidable claims processing errors occurring from the start. While some of the previous claim errors have been resolved, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the list of... Keep Reading
Caregivers often leave home care organizations due to poor communication and scheduling difficulties. Eliminating these stressors should be a top priority for home care administrators, especially considering labor costs can account for 60% of a healthcare organization’s operating budget. Begin by selecting an intuitive home care software with built-in features that... Keep Reading
Certification for hospice and palliative care clinicians demonstrates clinical expertise in advanced disease symptom management. While many organizations are aware of the benefit registered nurses (RNs) certified as Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses (CHPN) bring to their hospice teams, it should be noted that all members of the interdisciplinary team that... Keep Reading
How do we deliver the best patient experience for the greatest number of people in an affordable manner? This is ultimately the goal of each home healthcare organization and an initiative that relies on many factors, starting with a commitment by leadership. Patient empowerment plays a truly critical role in achieving... Keep Reading
Would you like to improve your client outcomes? Have you had any incidents in the past year? Is your caregiver turnover rate high? If yes, you might want to consider implementing a skills week at your home care organization. It involves time, effort and money, but the return on investment is undeniable... Keep Reading
As hospice organizations continue to span the spectrum of the post-acute industry, many consider palliative care to be part of a natural progression. According to the 2020 National Hospice and Palliative Care Needs Survey Results Summary, 69% of its members are currently providing palliative care services while another 24% are considering... Keep Reading
In this episode of Help Choose Home, we’re joined by Beth Cavenaugh, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse and author of “Some Light at the End, An End-of-Life Guidebook for Patients and Their Caregivers.” Her book is an invitation to walk towards the powerful end of life instead of... Keep Reading

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