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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the end of the public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 on May 11, 2023. Regulatory flexibilities for healthcare providers, including home health and hospice, were established during the PHE to provide … Keep Reading
Living with dementia can be a complex and challenging experience for both patients and their caregivers. While care at home providers are on the front lines, providing much-needed care and support to those living with dementia, it can be difficult … Keep Reading
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2024 proposed rule for home health payment rates. The proposed rule includes significant changes in reimbursement, including deep cuts. While the rule will not be finalized until November 2023, … Keep Reading
There is an increasing trend of home healthcare organizations using technology to assist with routine patient care and predict patient outcomes. For patients who need support with cognitive function, technology can assist with improving cognitive outcomes, leading to increased patient … Keep Reading
With Congress looking at legislation that supports more home-based healthcare programs and payers looking for lower-cost solutions, home care organizations have many opportunities for growth and expansion. “What a time to be in home care, right? It’s the new frontier,” … Keep Reading
Care at home leaders are continuing to rapidly add community-based palliative care programs to their service lines. While this growth offers a benefit to the community and patients, palliative care is often viewed as a loss leader for organizations. Amy … Keep Reading
The hospice interdisciplinary group (IDG) is more than just a key element for delivering compliant, quality care for patients at the end of life. The IDG is made up of people who come together to discuss the care of a … Keep Reading
The Quadruple Aim has emerged as a guiding principle for transforming and enhancing patient care. Industry experts argue it’s crucial to apply this framework to address the unique challenges in care at home, such as declining reimbursement for home health, … Keep Reading
Hospice leaders are responsible for the health and well-being of both their patients and their organization. From a financial perspective, this includes minimizing risk by managing spending and the hospice cap. Defining the Hospice Cap The cap is designed to … Keep Reading
The Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) Survey makes up 30% of an organization’s Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) score. Given its direct impact on an organization’s financial health, monitoring how patients respond to the HHCAHPS … Keep Reading
With new rules and regulations from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) to a full rollout of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Program (HHVBP), the home health care landscape is ever-changing, with industry leaders consistently challenged to maintain compliance. With added pressures … Keep Reading
Developing a compliant plan of care must be a priority for hospice organizations. The plan of care should address recent compliance trends, including: Individualized plan of care Hospice aide services Registered nurse (RN) designation Bereavement In a session at the … Keep Reading


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