Home Health & Hospice

Weekly roundup

Homecare Insider, March 7, 2016

Hot off the press: 296 pages of CDC disaster advice
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released The Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide for Public Health Emergencies, which offers assistance for long-term, acute, and chronic care facilities in planning for public health emergencies. 

The guide, which was released on March 1, aims to improve LTC, HHA, and hospice entities’ planning efforts as well as their coordination and integration within the community, the CDC stated. This 296-page planner focuses on six topic areas:
•    Situational awareness
•    Continuity of operations
•    Facility or agency operations
•    Crisis standards of care
•    Staffing
•    Fatality management

The authors are seeking feedback in order to improve the guide. They can be contacted here.

Source: CDC

Open Door Forum will include claims processing, VBP
CMS’ next Medicare home health, hospice and durable medical equipment (DME) Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Among the topics currently on the agenda are updates on claims processing, HHCAHPS and Hospice CAHPS, the CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and Home Health Value Based Purchasing (VBP). The forum will also include an open Q&A with the audience.

The Open Door Forum will be a conference call only. To participate, dial 1-800-837-1935 and reference conference ID 38504851. No RSVP is necessary. Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. Please note: the agenda may change.

Source: CMS

Dementia care training program may cut costs
Home health agencies are taking care of sicker, older patients with greater comorbidities, but are unequipped to appropriately manage these older adults. This is particularly true for persons living with dementia (PLWD). With this in mind, researchers at Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing developed the Dementia Symptom Management at Home (DSM-H) Program, a bundled interprofessional intervention, according to a recent study in the Geriatric Nursing Journal.

The aim of the DSM-H program was to improve the care confidence of providers, and quality of care delivered to PLWD and their caregivers. Eighty-three registered nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists implemented the DSM-H bundle, according to the study abstract. Overall, the program proved to be implementable and participating clinicians significantly improved their pain knowledge (5.9%) and confidence (26.5%), depression knowledge (14.8%) and confidence (36.1%), and neuropsychiatric symptom general knowledge (16.8%).

The DSM-H program showed potential to improve quality of care and quality of life, and decrease costs, the researchers wrote.

Source: Geriatric Nursing Journal