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3 Reasons Your Re-Admission Rates are Too High

As certified HHAs already know, Medicare is tracking your hospital admission rates. Hospital re-admission rates are tracked for all providers...hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation, dialysis facilities... because a hospital admission may suggest a breakdown in patient care....

Posted by Melissa Cott on Aug 12, 2020

The 12 Best In-Services for Home Health Aides

As you know, Medicare's requirements for home health aide in-services are the following (Standard §484.80(d); Tag G774):"§484.80(d) Standard: In-service training. A home health aide must receive at least 12 hours of in-service training during each 12-month period. In-service...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jul 28, 2020

Does Your Infection Surveillance Include These 4 Criteria?

Home health care treatments frequently include invasive devices and procedures to treat patients. Infections can occur from the these procedures/devices, such as catheters, wound care and ventilators.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jul 15, 2020

Can Your Governing Body Answer These 10 Questions?

Medicare's Conditions of Participation (CoP) requires a Home Health Governing Body that must oversee hundreds of policies and procedures to monitor and regulate infection control, quality assurance, fiscal performance and accounting, emergency preparedness, employee credentials and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jul 7, 2020

Telehealth for COVID and ALL Home Health Patients

The Medicare system is under an ‘Emergency Declaration’ due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. This means that certain home health regulations have been relaxed and some requirements have been changed to prevent the interruption in home health care. All temporary changes to home health...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 30, 2020

3 Steps to Effective Home Health QAPI

CHAP, JCAHO, ACHC & Medicare require that “The group of professional personnel meets frequently to advise the agency on professional issues, to participate in the evaluation of the agency’s quality assurance program...”

Your Agency's Incident Reporting System is the foundation for...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Jun 15, 2020

6 Ways to Improve Home Health Face to Face

MISSING FACE-TO-FACE FROM PHYSICIAN CERTIFICATION

In its newsletter CGS Medicare reports that many physician certifications do not contain a statement documenting the date of the home health face-to-face encounter.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Feb 18, 2020