Available Now: HCAF’s Summer Edition of The Florida Home Care Connection

Summer-2013-Florida-Home-Care-ConnectionThe Summer 2013 issue of The Florida Home Care Connection, HCAF’s official magazine, is now available online! This issue focuses on renewing yourself for the new age of home care, and features articles from leading industry professionals.

Check out what’s inside:

Are You Hip with HIPAA Mega Rule? Home Care providers must comply with the HIPAA final rules by September 23, 2013. In this article, Elizabeth Hogue, Esq., will identify key requirements of the new rules that are relevant to home care providers. She will review key changes that will expand business associates’ potential liability for their actions, changes to the breach notification rule and modifications to notices of privacy rights. She will also discuss a recent letter issued by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding sharing information in emergency situations.

Strategies for Reducing Hospital Readmissions: The Affordable Care Act created a “hospital readmissions reduction program” that is supposed to help hospitals smooth transitions for patients going home and reward hospitals that are successful in reducing avoidable readmissions. This article, written by an expert at Axxess Healthcare Consult, will highlight some of the most common reasons for readmission and provide strategies for how home care agencies can help reduce this occurrence and build win-win-win outcomes for home care agencies, hospitals and patients.

Partnering by Meeting the Needs of Referral Sources: How can your agency become a referral magnet? This article will outline how agencies can become the type of business that physicians, hospitals and other referral sources want to refer their patients to. Chip Schneider of Kinnser Software, Inc. will explore what home care agencies can do to work better with other health care providers, ensure that patients get the right care at the right time, avoid unnecessary duplication of services and prevent medical errors.

Making Managed Care Work for You: In contrast to Medicare and Medicaid, managed care is characterized by shorter treatments, more frequent admissions and discharges, and a tighter grip on the amount of services authorized. To successfully operate a home health care agency in a managed care environment, the agency must maximize efficiency and reduce turnaround times while controlling costs and improving outcomes. Pablo J. Buki, CEO of Indura Systems, Inc. will explain how this can be done.

Market Progression of ACOs: Home care agencies have started making formidable progress in forming Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). This article will outline what progress has been made in our industry and how home care agencies have been involved in the development of ACOs. This article will be written by an expert at ContinuLink LLC and will delve into not only the historical progress but also what home care agencies should consider regarding improving coordinated care for their patients.

In addition to these informative articles you’ll find details about upcoming HCAF events and more!

Click here to read our latest issue.

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