As National Home Care and Hospice Month draws to a close, we’re looking back on the home care blogs that have captured the attention of our readers. If you missed them the first time around, or simply want to refresh your memory, check out our five most popular home care and hospice blogs:
The transition into hospice care is a sensitive time for patients and their families. I’ve spent the entirety of my career working in one form of home care or another, including 28 years spent in various roles within home health and hospice.
Delivering effective care to homebound patients carries a number of challenges — from scheduling aides to providing up-to-date care instructions to transmitting information back to the doctor’s office or hospital.
In facing these challenges, Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH), a network of three hospitals, 32 clinics, and 20 affiliated outreach clinics in northwestern Montana, weighed the benefits of a new system with the potential costs.
For Thibodaux’s home health center to perform at the top of its ability, we needed to make performance improvement a part of our culture. We’re constantly analyzing our own efforts and trying to find areas in which we can work more efficiently.
Nursing is an ever-changing field where new research is applied and the evolution of technology is constant. The last five years have felt like a great leap in technology, and nursing informatics is pushing nurses to stay five steps ahead. Nursing skill sets demand consistent updates on research, techniques, and concepts.
The latest Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that went into effect on Jan. 13 have been making waves across our industry. These updated CoPs — standards that agencies must meet in order to participate in Medicare — included several completely new regulations, as well as revisions to many others. And despite the fact that CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) delayed the phase-in date of the new standards, many agencies had to scramble to prepare in time.
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There is so much change in current regulations that it’s easy to see how the home care industry’s strategic direction gets lost to the “tyranny of the urgent.” The new Home Health Conditions of Participation will place increased emphasis on Quality Improvement, yet agencies’ long-term success are not just dependent on their ability to improve quality. What will win in the end are care delivery systems that provide better outcomes for less money.
In this installment of our thought leader podcast series, I chat with Cheryl Adams, RN, BSN, MBA, Home Health Administrator of Sparta Community Hospital (Sparta, IL) about home care and the significant role it plays in population health. During the podcast, Cheryl discusses Sparta’s successful deployment of a telehealth program along with some creative patient engagement approaches they’ve implemented to help patients follow their care plans and prevent inpatient readmissions. You’ll also hear about how Cheryl has seen healthcare evolve in her 30+ years in the industry, including a discussion on the changing expectations of patients as we shift to consumer-driven healthcare.