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The latest home care trends and insights

How Home Health Care Agencies Can Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Sep 21, 2017 8:55:00 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Care

One in five elderly patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of leaving, creating Medicare costs in excess of $17 billion each year. To rein in those costs, payers are embracing outcome-driven reimbursements in which high readmission rates bring stiff penalties.

Desperate to avoid both readmissions and penalties, hospitals and health care networks are increasingly assessing their home health care partners with a more critical eye.


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4 Home Care Agencies That Decided to Go Paperless with Key Processes

Aug 24, 2017 8:27:00 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Productivity

As one of the most documented and regulated industries, home care routinely produces vast amounts of paperwork, costing agencies precious time and resources to generate and maintain. As technology has evolved, today’s digital solutions provide advantages that paper just can’t match, from enhanced productivity to better compliance, communication, cost, and care.


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8 Performance Metrics Home Care Agency CFOs Should Already Be Measuring

Apr 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Productivity

When you’re managing care and service delivery, there are endless metrics you could evaluate to optimize care. From tracking the number of visits a care provider makes daily to the percentage of visits that start and end on time, it’s tough to know where to focus your attention.

It’s a critical decision nonetheless. If you select the wrong metrics, you risk chasing improvements that would only minimally benefit your organization. But monitoring too many at one time can overwhelm your staff.

By focusing on the right key performance indicators (KPIs), you can improve your agency’s service quality and outcomes for your clients, your own agency, and your payers. So, how do you determine what those KPIs are?


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10 Myths Surrounding the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model

Jan 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Compliance

The Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model launched as a pilot program in nine states on Jan. 1, 2016. The model, which ties payment to performance, represents a major shift in payment structure for home health agencies.


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How Technology Cares for Caregivers

Dec 6, 2016 8:31:45 AM / posted in Electronic Visit Verification, Mobile Solution, Cost Reduction, Communication

Your caregivers will feel cared for when you implement a Mobile Care Delivery Management solution. Why? Because in a typical caregiver’s day, actually providing care consumes only a sliver of time. The majority of time is spent checking the schedule, navigating to destinations, reviewing the care plan, verifying visits, and reporting mileage and activities that were completed.


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Cut the Risk, Cost, and Time Associated with Home Care Documentation

Nov 2, 2016 7:02:29 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Communication, Productivity

In home care, paperwork is everywhere – between the field and the office and between your agency and all types of third parties. Admission forms, schedules, point-of-care documentation, payroll processing, and care documentation for third parties – paper is often king.


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3 Ways to Keep Wage Increases From Ruining Your Agency's Bottom Line

Oct 26, 2016 8:02:00 AM / posted in Mobile Solution, Cost Reduction

Across the United States, the “Fight for $15” movement has taken hold in many industries that employ hourly workers, and home care is one of them.


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How Hospice at Home Used Point-of-Care Documentation to Boost Efficiency

Oct 18, 2016 8:28:06 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Productivity, Care

Organizations that provide in-home health care are constantly challenged to improve the accuracy of services delivered. When care delivery doesn't match the care plan prescribed, the impacts can be serious and may include:


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How Agencies Can Improve Employee Communication to Save Time and Cut Costs

Oct 4, 2016 8:14:45 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Communication

Coordination. Communication. Collaboration.


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Improve Responsiveness and Agility to Hold Down Costs

Sep 13, 2016 8:00:45 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Productivity

It isn’t easy to deliver home care efficiently and effectively. There are just so many variables:


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