In the healthcare realm, protecting your network and data is the law. Protecting PHI and ePHI requires many safeguards including strong password protection and strict adherence to policies governing the handling of PHI and ePHI to mention a few. Every possible step must be taken to ensure a patient’s information is not compromised. This article provides excellent insight into how you can protect your data and protect your practice!
The Penalty Box is our new monthly webinar series on the latest compliance and regulatory issues facing home health. This series is produced in partnership with OperaCare, a software and services company that focuses automating the quality assurance process for home health. Over the next several months, we will take an in depth look at HOW your agency can make these changes and be positioned for success with the new HHGM model and with Value Based Purchasing.
This first session, led by Michael McGowan and Kristi Bajer of Operacare, is an overview that lays the foundation towards the direction the home care industry is moving. Specific areas of focus and the learning objectives for this webinar are providing legacy home health practices and metrics for success and why agencies continuing with these practices aren’t likely to be around for long, introducing big data-how CMS monitors home health agencies activities, what reports you should be monitoring for you agency, and offering the basics your referral sources are looking for in a post-acute partner.
The proposed new Home Health Grouping Model has everyone astir in the Homecare space. Nick Seabrook, of BlackTree Healthcare Consulting is back on the pod to discuss this massive issue.
We discuss what the major changes are in this Proposed Rule, how they will impact agencies, and why CMS has made this paradigm-shifting change.
In this second session of a four-part series on the new QAPI initiative, Diane Link of BlackTree Healthcare Consultants provides a detailed analysis of how HHCAHPS play a role in both Five Star Rating and VBP. This education session will help to provide an understanding of how Patient Satisfaction plays a more significant role in QAPI programs. This webinar focuses on the following three HHCAHPS domains: Care of Patients, Communication and Specific Care Issues.
Wound Care continues to be an area of clinical focus in the Post-Acute Care setting. Managing patients with GI ostomies (colostomies and ileostomies) is a challenge in the post-acute setting. These procedures have high 30-day readmission rates and post-acute staff often have limited knowledge on managing this patient population.
Myra Varnado of Corstrata is back to provide education on this and to give an understanding for the general nursing management of colostomies and ileostomies including: Normal GI function, expected effluent character and volume, specific complicating factors, and an introduction to a variety of Ostomy appliance types and their appropriate use.
The Conditions of Participation Series continues with Part 3 - QAPI and Infection Control. The new CoP's become active in January - that is just over 2 months away - NOT a lot of time to prepare as there are Many new items and changes!
In this third of a four-part series on the new Home Health Conditions of Participation, Sharon Litwin, of 5 Star Consultants, will educate your organization on the new Infection Control CoP, and also dive deep on the main changes with the New QAPI CoP.