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When a patient is discharged from the hospital with new or changed medications, they are often at higher risk for rehospitalization. This could occur due to adverse effects of the medication, non-compliance or even the inability to afford the ordered medications. The items addressed in the Outcome Assessment and Information... Keep Reading
Basic health literacy is fundamental to the success of each interaction between healthcare professionals and patients. It is also fundamental to putting sound public health guidance into practice and helping people follow recommendations. Defining Health Literacy Health literacy can be viewed from two different lenses: personal and organizational. Personal health literacy is the degree... Keep Reading
For some home health patients, monitoring nutrition, food and fluid intake will be a critical part of their individualized plan of care. Therefore, the Outcome Assessment and Information Set (OASIS) includes questions related to these topics in Section K. It’s important for clinicians to understand these items and ensure they... Keep Reading
Hospice professionals provide patients and families with high-quality interdisciplinary care at the end of life while navigating changing federal regulations. Some hospice providers find it difficult to balance these two priorities and avoid common hospice survey deficiencies. Axxess Hospice can be a helpful partner to hospice organizations that strive to be... Keep Reading
The 2023 Home Health Final Rule has been released and it contains a mixed bag of changes. A broad industry advocacy effort, which Axxess has contributed to at the highest levels, managed to convince the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to phase in the cuts in their proposed... Keep Reading
Surveys can be a point of stress for home care organizations. Having a technology partner who understands accreditation standards can ease that stress and help home care organizations avoid common survey deficiencies. Axxess Home Care supports home care organizations that strive to be survey-ready every day. That is how Axxess Home... Keep Reading
Clinicians working for care at home organizations strive to provide the best outcomes for their patients with an individualized plan of care that reflects each patient’s needs and current living situation. The Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) can guide clinicians to ensure their patients can remain safely in their... Keep Reading
A successful, deficiency-free survey is about more than just checking off a box on an administrator’s to-do list. According to the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), surveys prove an organization’s commitment to meeting high standards of performance and focus on patient care. Axxess Home Health supports organizations that strive to... Keep Reading
Facing rising costs of care and potential changes to reimbursement, many care at home providers are looking for ways to reduce costs while providing high-quality care. One area providers can evaluate to mitigate revenue changes is their census data. An accurate census will help organizations avoid missed visits, ensure timely... Keep Reading
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is developing a new assessment tool for hospice providers, referred to as the Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation (HOPE) tool. As hospices anticipate regulatory changes and an increased focus on quality outcomes, it’s important for providers to understand the goals of the... Keep Reading
Checking a patient’s mood and looking for any potential mood disorders can be extremely helpful in determining if the patient will successfully improve their overall health. It’s important for clinicians completing the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) to look for any mood-related concerns, as those may affect other sections... Keep Reading
As the care at home industry prepares for value-based care, organizations must find ways to consistently monitor their quality to ensure a steady revenue stream. Those who are not continually making measurable improvements will fall behind. Therefore, managing data will be a key part of direct patient care, patient outcomes... Keep Reading

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