What’s Next in Hospice and Home Health? The Expanding Impact of Private Duty

What’s Next in Hospice and Home Health? The Expanding Impact of Private Duty

As we’re almost mid-way through the year, 2022 has been full of challenges and opportunities for hospice and home health providers.  For example, under the FY 2022 rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), hospices that satisfy quality reporting requirements will see a 2.0 percent increase in their payments compared to 2021,…

How to Leverage Social Determinants of Health to Advance Patient Outcomes

How to Leverage Social Determinants of Health to Advance Patient Outcomes

When it comes to health care, there are many factors that contribute to the health and well-being of patients and patient populations.  These factors extend beyond the medical care people receive and include social factors that directly shape and impact health outcomes and quality of life. These social factors are known as social determinants of…

Challenge Accepted: Tackling the Top Issues in Hospice and Home Health Care

Challenge Accepted: Tackling the Top Issues in Hospice and Home Health Care

It’s no exaggeration to say that the pandemic has fundamentally changed hospice and home health care.1 And while some of these changes are a net positive, such as the shift to telehealth and the increased focus on patient-centered care, others pose a significant challenge for providers. With the right approach, however, it’s possible for organizations…

Pandemic Positive: The Evolving Impact of Telehealth in Hospice and Home Health Care

Pandemic Positive: The Evolving Impact of Telehealth in Hospice and Home Health Care

When it comes to the pandemic, the word “positive” doesn’t have a great reputation. For hospice and home health providers especially, rising COVID positivity rates and ensuing restrictions created substantial challenges. According to a recent study of pandemic impacts on U.S. hospice agencies, nearly one-third of providers reported negative effects on patient outcomes related to…

Hospice & Home Health Webinar Talks About Finding Gold in Change and Challenges

Hospice & Home Health Webinar Talks About Finding Gold in Change and Challenges

If there’s one thing the pandemic has made abundantly clear, it’s that we can never go back to the way things were. For hospice and home health providers, the last two years have seen staff pushed to the brink — and beyond — as they coped with massive stress, minimal resources, and continually-moving restrictions.  Technology…

Self-Help Resources and Support Provided by Casamba Home & Hospice Help Regional Hospice Save Time and Be More Efficient

Self-Help Resources and Support Provided by Casamba Home & Hospice Help Regional Hospice Save Time and Be More Efficient

Roughly 50 miles from New York City, Regional Hospice is the largest non-profit organization in Western Connecticut. Located in Danbury, CT, the organization has been providing end-of-life care and bereavement support to surrounding communities for almost 40 years. Regional Hospice implemented Casamba Home & Hospice back in 2010 when they realized their previous EHR solution…

Net Health® Optima Hospice Helps Modernize Patient Data and Care for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County

Net Health® Optima Hospice Helps Modernize Patient Data and Care for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County

The Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) in Washington state has offered end-of-life care and grief counseling to patients and their families – at no cost – since the 1970s. With a nursing care team of around 10, a handful of administrative staff members and hundreds of volunteers, VHOCC provides care to a census of…

Ways Home Health and Hospice IDG/IDT Teams Can Collaborate Remotely

Ways Home Health and Hospice IDG/IDT Teams Can Collaborate Remotely

While home health and hospice care differ in purpose — hospice care focuses on easing patients’ end-of-life while home health looks to address specific illnesses, injuries, or chronic conditions in the patient’s home — they share a similar process: the use of an interdisciplinary group (IDG)/ interdisciplinary team (IDT) to improve overall care. As noted…

Return of 2% Sequestration Cut Delayed until January 1, 2022

Return of 2% Sequestration Cut Delayed until January 1, 2022

Since 2013, the federal law has required a 2% reduction to the reimbursement (applied to the 80% of the allowed charge) that a participating provider would receive directly from Medicare; this reduction in payment is referred to as “sequestration” because a set percentage of money is automatically removed (or “sequestered”) from the amount of funding…