Archive for the ‘Quality Improvement’ Category

HHCAHPS Home Health Compare and Preview Reports

April 5, 2012

By Gina Mazza, RN, BSN, Fazzi Associates

This month, CMS will include HHCAHPS results on Home Health Compare for the first time. This is expected to be released on or around April 19, 2012. Prior to that release, agencies will also have the opportunity to access their initial results in a Preview Report made available on April 11, 2012 on the Home Health CAHPS website. (more…)

HCAF Members: Test Your Home Health Aides on Cultural Diversity

September 8, 2011

As a benefit of membership, HCAF provides agencies with In-Home Aides-Partners in Quality Care, a monthly publication that addresses relevant topics for home health aides. Topics addressed in In-Home Aides-Partners in Quality Care have included stress and burnout, nutrition and food safety, professional boundaries, ulcers and more.

The September 2011 edition addresses cultural diversity, about which aides will learn the following:

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HCAF Members: Test Your Home Health Aides on Falls Prevention

August 8, 2011

As a benefit of membership, HCAF provides agencies with In-Home Aides-Partners in Quality Care, a monthly publication that addresses relevant topics for home health aides. Topics addressed in In-Home Aides-Partners in Quality Care have included stress and burnout, nutrition and food safety, professional boundaries, ulcers and more.

The August 2011 edition addresses preventing falls, about which aides will learn the following:

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HCAF Co-Sponsoring Study to Identify Best Practices for Reducing Hospital Readmissions

July 1, 2011

The Home Care Association of Florida is excited to announce it is co-sponsoring a national study to identify best practices for reducing avoidable hospitalization in home care.

This important study is being sponsored by Delta Health Technologies and other co-sponsors, including the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, APTA and the QIOs through the HHQI National Campaign Contractor WVMI & Quality Insights. Fazzi Associates, the designer and facilitator of the project, is also a co-sponsor. (more…)

HHQI National Campaign Go for the Gold!

June 14, 2011

Reward your agency’s hard work in this campaign!

The cutoff date to be part of the HHQI Rewards program is June 17. Special gold, silver and bronze medals denoting engaged campaign participation will be distributed all eligible HHQI National Campaign participants via email by the end of the month.

To be eligible for the gold medal, make sure you have downloaded the last four Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) from the HHQI website at www.homehealthquality.org. Doing so is simple. Just follow the three steps below. (more…)

HHQI National Campaign Save the Dates!

February 22, 2011

Here’s a list of upcoming Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign events for you to “Save the Dates”.

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Free Quality Improvement Resources and Tools Available Now

January 26, 2011

With modern health care delivery moving toward a unified patient-centered approach, the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign, a CMS-funded project, is now accepting enrollment from all health care settings.  Becoming a participant in the HHQI National Campaign requires a very minimal time investment with no commitment to specific goals or required data collection. It simply grants you access to the HHQI National Campaign’s high quality educational resources, quality improvement tools, and networking opportunities. All of these offerings are free, modifiable and include access to: (more…)

HHQI National Campaign Save the Dates!

January 3, 2011

As the holiday season is coming to a close, it’s now time to get back into the swing of things and start marking your calendars with the Home Health Quality Improvement upcoming events.  Here’s a list of upcoming events for you to “Save the Dates”. (more…)

December’s In-Home Aides Partners in Quality Care Focuses on Ethics in Home Care

December 9, 2010

In-home aides play a vital role in serving our nation’s chronically ill, disabled and aging populations.  Often having the most contact with the patients, these individuals are usually “closer” to patients than any other home care discipline.  The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina has provided HCAF with its December issue, focusing on ethics in the home care industry.

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HITECH Compliance: How to Avoid Breaches of Unsecured PHI

December 9, 2010

By Denise Bonn, NAHC Deputy Director, Center for Health Care Law

When was the last time that you checked on the security of your servers that house protected health information (PHI) of your patients? While the home care industry is rightly concerned about PHI on portable devices, home care and hospice organizations also must take steps to keep PHI on their servers secure as well. (more…)