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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 an internationally recognized expert in hospice and palliative care and... 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 engagement also leads to improved quality outcomes and lower healthcare costs.... Keep Reading
“I became a caregiver so I could spend the majority of my shift documenting,” said no one ever. Caregivers chose their profession to help people, to improve lives and to make a difference.. I have never met a caregiver who prefers documentation to providing care. However, documentation is an important part... Keep Reading
Our approach to interoperability is leading through partnerships. We want to help healthcare providers be successful in their journey of maneuvering different software solutions. On its own, an electronic medical record (EMR) is not enough for hospice providers. It takes integrations to help them be successful and create one seamless experience. What... Keep Reading
Patients who are engaged in their healthcare journey have improved quality outcomes and lower healthcare costs compared to those who are less involved in their care. Because of this, prioritizing patient engagement should be a key consideration as additional healthcare reimbursement is now tied to quality outcomes. In-home care organizations are... Keep Reading
One of the things I have learned from working in the home-based care industry is the importance of being a good student and following what is tried and true. New home care business owners who initially tried to get creative in operations were delayed in growth by a year or... Keep Reading
Volunteers are an integral component of hospice care. They are required for reimbursement and considered unpaid hospice employees, saving organizations on average $24.69 an hour for their contributions, when found quickly and easily. Because demonstration and documentation of volunteer recruitment must be performed under the Medicare Conditions of Participation, recruitment efforts... Keep Reading
This episode features Sara Ratcliffe, executive director of the Illinois HomeCare and Hospice Council. Sara is the former State Home Care Association Chair and serves on the board of directors of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. Topics discussed include: How to use the Illinois HomeCare and Hospice Council to... Keep Reading
An organization’s purpose is the fundamental reason the organization exists, a bold affirmation of its reason for being in business — from historical, ethical, emotional and practical perspectives. Culture is the organization’s GPS, giving its employees routes and pathways for living the organization’s purpose and delivering on its brand promise. The... Keep Reading
There are three key strategies clinicians should use to make the most of the Axxess CARE staffing app, with the first two discussed in a previous blog. Now that you have completed your profile and submitted the necessary licenses, bank information and tax forms and have been approved as a qualified... Keep Reading
The Hospice Care Index has been proposed as an addition to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) as a claims-based quality measure. It is reported throughout the patient’s lifecycle and made of 10 indicators that represent multiple aspects of care from admission to discharge. This is the third of 10 blogs... Keep Reading
In this episode of Help Choose Home, Merrily is joined by Erik Listou, a Certified Living in Place Professional and home and accessibility trade specialist. Erik is the co-founder of the Living In Place Institute, an organization that provides professional education to individuals involved in the housing industry. He is the... Keep Reading

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