How to attract and retain qualified, quality staff has been a top concern of home health and hospice agencies for years. Staffing issues have become even more of a challenge since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Telehealth services are a crucial component of healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bicameral, bipartisan HEAT Act would pave the way for Medicare reimbursement of telehealth services provided by home health agencies.
Communication, cooperation, and connection are the future of healthcare. The electronic sharing of patient data among healthcare providers means a simplified referral process and smooth transitions of care.
PT, OT and SLP can be critical components of the PAC plan of care. They provide skilled rehabilitation support and education to help patients cope with symptoms, return to full functioning, or live with new limitations. PAC therapies can greatly influence outcome assessment in the continuing shift to a quality-based system.
Interoperability implies provider-to-provider communication among many simultaneous data partners: physicians and specialists; laboratories and pharmacies; hospitals and LTPAC (long-term and post-acute care) facilities.
As patients maneuver throughout the healthcare continuum, interoperability has become a crucial feature for EMR systems. Reliable interoperability is particularly important in the home healthcare arena, because LTPAC patients are more likely to have chronic conditions and comorbidities that necessitate frequent transition between multiple care providers.
The coronavirus crisis came on the heels of PDGM implementation, bringing significant change for hospice and home health providers. We’re taking a look at what has happened so far, what’s happening now, and what might be ahead for hospice and home health agencies.
Selecting the right EMR can be critical to the success of your agency in the ever more competitive post-acute care market.
Doing your due diligence is critical to finding, evaluating, and selecting an EMR solution that’s right for your agency.
Managing change can be a complex and challenging process. There are ways to do so, however, that can help minimize the negative impacts, maximize the benefits, and keep stress levels down––even during times of crisis.
It’s important to know what to look for when you’re looking for a new EMR solution. It is especially important to find out what other agencies–and EMR users–have to say about the system(s) you are considering. Both Hospice of the Piedmont and Allied Services left Cerner for NDoc within the past five years, after looking at several other EMR vendors.