Tag: home health

How to help Alzheimer’s patients enjoy life, not just ‘fade away’

This article has been republished with permission from the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News. Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable […]

Home health quality reporting program final rule published

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Final Rule: CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements Final Rule View the Home Health Quality Initiative webpage for more […]

Nominations for the Platinum Awards now open

Submit your entry to the 9th Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards. The Platinum Awards sets the standard for recognizing professionals and organizations who demonstrate success in the overarching healthcare continuum. Like no other awards program in the industry, the Platinum Awards brings professionals and organizations together to highlight their work, be publicly recognized, celebrate successes and […]

Tip: Follow policy on staff discipline and discharge

The agency’s policies and procedures will include a discipline and discharge policy. It is important for the administrator/HR professional to follow the policy as written. Discipline is an important tool for managing agency personnel. Discipline can address poorly performing employees, resulting in improved performance, which benefits the employee and the agency. Following the discipline and […]

“Repeal and delay” bill dies in Senate, “skinny repeal” now being considered

  After years of failing to pass a bill that would “repeal and replace Obamacare,” the Senate’s alternate solution, a “repeal and delay” bill, was also rejected in a final vote of 45-55 on Wednesday. Many cast their vote with concern for the Congressional Budget Office’s prediction that repealing Obamacare without an immediate replacement would […]

Home health services misunderstood, refused among seniors, report says

Many seniors, when first offered home health services, refuse, according to a report by the United Hospital Fund and Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. According to the report, limited data suggests that 6% to as much as 28% of patients eligible for home health services refuse them.   The report’s research included a […]

Flu vaccine not as effective for seniors last winter compared to the young

Data show that the flu vaccine did a poor job of protecting older adults, ages 65 and older, from the illness last winter. Results were presented by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—a group of health experts that provide recommendations regarding the use of vaccines in the United States—and showed that the vaccine was only […]

Leaving hospital, older patients resist home help at their peril

Editorial Note: The article has been republished with permission by the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any […]

5 ways for healthcare providers to get ready for new Medicare cards

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, […]

Bill introduced to lower Medicaid beneficiary “churn”

Millions of individuals eligible for Medicaid or CHIP are disenrolled from these programs every year due to small changes in income or issues with paperwork. This phenomenon is referred to as “churn,” and it has led to worse health outcomes as a result of care interruptions, higher costs to taxpayers, and increased barriers for residents […]