Category Archives: Home Healthcare

‘Next Generation’ ACO Encourages Telehealth, Post-Discharge Home Services: CMS

In another step towards advancing models of care that reward value over volume, HHS announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model of payment and care delivery. A new initiative from CMS’s Innovation Center, the model is part of … finish reading ‘Next Generation’ ACO Encourages Telehealth, Post-Discharge Home Services: CMS

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Pharmacist Home Visits, Call Center Help High-Risk Patients to Manage Medication Adherence, Avoid Readmission

A new medication management program sends clinical pharmacists into high-risk patients’ homes in order to manage their medication adherence and lifestyles, according to Lahey Health and Dovetail Health, who are partnering in the program. Lahey Health Enhanced Care Program targets … finish reading Pharmacist Home Visits, Call Center Help High-Risk Patients to Manage Medication Adherence, Avoid Readmission

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Frequent Home Visits Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions, Improve Survival

Frequent home visits combined with multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The number and … finish reading Frequent Home Visits Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions, Improve Survival

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3 Revelations from Stanford Home Visits for High-Risk Patients

Home visits can reveal details that healthcare professionals can’t learn over the phone or in the clinic setting, says Samantha Valcourt, MS, RN, CNS, Stanford Community Care’s clinical nurse specialist, like whether their patient is properly utilizing the cane sitting … finish reading 3 Revelations from Stanford Home Visits for High-Risk Patients

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Telemedicine, Home Health Beneficiaries of New Medicare Frontier Payment Program

Enhanced Medicare payments for telemedicine and home health services are among the goals of a new Frontier Community Integration Project Demonstration, according to program FAQs released by the CMS. Critical access hospitals (CAHs) that receive funding through the Rural Hospital … finish reading Telemedicine, Home Health Beneficiaries of New Medicare Frontier Payment Program

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There’s No Place Like Home Visits to Address Safety, Care Concerns

Three-fourths of healthcare organizations visit some percentage of their patients or health plan members in their homes, according to new market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, in order to keep patients safer and healthier and to keep readmissions and … finish reading There’s No Place Like Home Visits to Address Safety, Care Concerns

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Value of Case Management Collaboration with Home Health, SNFs and Long-Term Care

One of the keys to success in following patients within the continuum of care is building a collaboration and relationship with them, and that includes having a case manager available, say Diane Littlewood, director of population management operations with Geisinger … finish reading Value of Case Management Collaboration with Home Health, SNFs and Long-Term Care

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Dementia More Costly to Nation than Heart Disease or Cancer

The monetary cost of dementia in the United States ranges from $157 billion to $215 billion annually, making the disease more costly to the nation than either heart disease or cancer, according to a new RAND Corporation study. The greatest … finish reading Dementia More Costly to Nation than Heart Disease or Cancer

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CMS Publishes Patient Responses to Home Health Agency Surveys

Consumers can now compare results from home health agencies’ patient surveys, according to the CMS. Results from the national survey on the efficacy of Medicare-certified home health agencies are available on CMS’s Quality Care Finder Web site. It was designed … finish reading CMS Publishes Patient Responses to Home Health Agency Surveys

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Managed Care Medical Home May Curb Cost, ER Visits for Uninsured

The managed care medical home may reduce the costs of caring for the uninsured population by almost half, according to a new study from Virginia Commonwealth University researchers. In the study, published in the Journal of Health Affairs, researchers examined … finish reading Managed Care Medical Home May Curb Cost, ER Visits for Uninsured

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