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Given the success of the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) model, it is not surprising to learn that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has included in the 2022 proposed final rule that VBP be expanded to all states. The … Keep Reading
Increased Medicare transparency has allowed healthcare consumers to learn about home health providers before they start care. The use of the star ratings system, comprised of quality ratings and patient survey data, has been available to healthcare consumers on Home … Keep Reading
In this episode of Help Choose Home, we are joined by Dr. Timothy Ihrig, the chief medical officer of Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care. He is also the founder and chief executive officer of Ihrig MD and Associates. He is … Keep Reading
Patients and their families who know more about their healthcare journey are typically more engaged in their care. This is made easier through a patient portal. This feature allows patients to access their personal health information at any time. Higher … Keep Reading
In this episode of Help Choose Home, the podcast is joined by Sheila McMackin, a licensed clinical social worker, founder of Wellspring Personal Care and founder and past president of the Home Care Association of America. Sheila has served on … Keep Reading
In home care, clients need clear, accurate information to be as engaged as possible in their own care. Caregivers aren’t the only ones providing care to clients; many receive additional care from their family members. Having a Family Portal in … Keep Reading
Palliative care physicians are constantly having “the hospice talk” with patients who are days away from death, a talk that comes too late and not in a way that will be beneficial to the patient and their family. People often … Keep Reading
Being a caregiver means not just caring for an ailment, but the entire person, and that includes their mental health. As such, it is essential to connect with the client and their family to recognize when there is a problem. … Keep Reading
Leading a hospice organization to deliver quality patient care in the most efficient and cost effective manner requires managing personnel, regulatory, accreditation and other requirements. The amount of requirements can sometimes feel like paperwork comes before patients. One time-consuming regulatory … 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 … Keep Reading
It is an easy argument to make that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyday life for almost everyone. The hospice industry and hospice professionals that provide care are no exception. Hospice organizations have adjusted the ways that care is provided … Keep Reading
When I was diagnosed with severe coronary artery disease at the age of 50, I was shocked. I am healthy and have low blood pressure, so I never thought this disease was a possibility for me. This is something I … Keep Reading

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