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The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is a defining opportunity for the role of therapy in transitioning from volume to value in the home healthcare industry. The physiology of the geriatric patient doesn't change January 1, 2020. The thing that will change is how we define, report and deliver care, and... Keep Reading
Hospice and palliative care can be care services that even those in the medical community are not fully comfortable talking about. Holly Chaffee, RN, BSN, MSN, President and CEO of VNA Care, hopes that the work she does serving more than 50,000 patients a year in Massachusetts with home health,... Keep Reading
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has confirmed the new start date for implementation of Review Choice Demonstration. Here are ten important things to know about this change affecting home health providers. Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) will begin for all Medicare-certified home health agencies in Illinois on June... Keep Reading
Twenty-five years ago, when Allen Hager, executive chairman of Risemark and founder of Right at Home, first got into home care, 8% of the United States GDP was spent on healthcare. Today, it's nearly 18% and expected to hit 20% within the next several years. During a discussion on the... Keep Reading
The home health Industry's coming payment reform, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model or PDGM, has exposed a common deficit: correct use of the ICD-10-CM code set's Official Guidelines and Conventions. When the 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) Final Rule was published late last year, CMS pointed out that 15... Keep Reading
It's no secret that research drives innovation and change. While the home healthcare industry has been somewhat lacking in having solid, grounded research, Jennifer Schiller, Director of Policy, Communications and Research, and others at the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation  (AHHQI) have set out to increase the amount... Keep Reading
Home health, home care, and hospice jobs are rewarding because caregivers report feeling togetherness, a reciprocal bond, spiritual and personal growth and professional accomplishment. Caregiving can also be demanding for families caring for a loved one and agency caregivers who work with multiple clients. Finding Balance Caregivers' passion for putting clients first... Keep Reading
Educating referral sources and payers on the benefits of home healthcare is an ongoing task. While there is broad awareness about home health generally, the industry is constantly evolving to meet the needs of clients, utilizing new technologies and techniques to deliver more specialized care in the home. For people... Keep Reading
When I founded Axxess, it was with the specific vision of becoming the healthcare technology company most admired for our people, partnerships and solutions. By attracting the best people, we have created an award-winning culture that has helped Axxess be the industry leader in innovation over the past decade. As... Keep Reading
If there were a way to reduce re-hospitalizations for seniors and cut down on emergency department (ED) visits by people with chronic health conditions, would you want to know what it is? According to Tracy Clark, former chief operating officer at Interim Healthcare, the answer is home care. Clark's comments... Keep Reading
A clinician documents a skilled assessment at the beginning of a shift, but things can change dramatically over the next eight, 10 or 12 hours. Some changes might include the place that care is being provided (school, home, traveling to physician appointments), tolerance of current treatments, and the client condition.... Keep Reading
The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will significantly change reimbursements for home health organizations, and as our industry learns more about how it will impact day-to-day operations, questions continue to surface. Axxess has created a resource page with quick reference guides and videos to help explain these changes. One of the... Keep Reading