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Home Health Care Services versus Assisted Living Cost Comparisons

A report recently published by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that payments via Medicare for hospice services in assisted living facilities have increased nearly twofold in the past five years when cared to other options such as home health...

Posted by Nathan Hope on Dec 5, 2016

Home Health: National Handwashing Awareness Week 12/4-12/10/2016

This year the week of December 4 to December 10, 2016 is National Handwashing Awareness Week.  We all know that Practicing hand hygiene in home health is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections.

Posted by Patty Jampolsky on Dec 2, 2016

Home Health Care: 50% of Patients Non-Compliant with Meds...

MacMaster University in Canada has recently released a new study, led by Robby Nieuwlaat, showing that half of home health care patients do not take their medications as prescribed, despite any med teaching interventions.

Posted by Nathan Hope on Nov 30, 2016

Home Health Care Policies - Medicare Hospice Transparency Data (CY2014) Revealed

Info via CMS.gov:

Home Health Care Policies - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new dataset, the Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File (Hospice PUF).  This data set, which is part of CMS’s suite of Medicare Provider Utilization and...

Posted by Nathan Hope on Oct 14, 2016

Home Health Care Policies: CMS Announces Changes Affecting Long-Term Care Facilities

 

CMS finalizes improvements in care, safety, and consumer protections for long-term care facility residentsRevisions mark first major rewrite of the conditions of participation for long-term care facilities since 1991

Posted by Nathan Hope on Oct 3, 2016

Home Health Care Policies: How Well Did Medicare ACOs Perform in 2015?

Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: 2015 Performance Year Quality and Financial Results

Home Health Care Policies - On Sep 26, 2016, The CMS released the 2015 quality and financial performance results for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that show that ACOs...

Posted by Nathan Hope on Sep 26, 2016

Home Health Care Policies: New Emergency Preparedness Rules for Medicare Facilities

CMS finalizes rule to bolster emergency preparedness of certain facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid

Home Health Care Policies - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for...

Posted by Nathan Hope on Sep 19, 2016

Home Health Care Policies: Five Star Changes to Nursing Home Compare

via CMS.gov

Home Health Care Policies: Five Star Changes to Nursing Home Compare

Nursing Home Compare is a user-friendly web tool found at https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html that provides information on how well Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes...

Posted by Nathan Hope on Sep 14, 2016