HHS Plan to Improve Rural Health Focuses on Better Broadband, Telehealth Services
The new plan acknowledges the gaps in health care and other problems facing rural America.
COVID-19 Triggers ePrescribing, Direct Messaging Increase
During March, outpatient visits dropped roughly 60 percent, which boosted telehealth visits up to 46 percent across health facilities.
What is ePrescribing and Why is it Vital for Providers, Patients?
The introduction of ePrescribing in 2003 brought a more convenient, cheaper, and safer prescribing alternative for doctors, pharmacies, and patients.
Prognosis for Rural Hospitals Worsens With Pandemic
As COVID-19 continues to spread, an increasing number of rural communities find themselves without their hospital or on the brink of losing facilities.
More Than Half of All Home Health Agencies Have Treated COVID-19 Patients
CMS officially closed its public comment window for the 2021 proposed home health payment rule on Monday.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes for Increased PPE, Telehealth Payment for In-Home Care Providers
Home health and home care providers have been vocal about the challenges they’ve faced acquiring personal protective equipment.
Home Health Agencies Aren’t ‘Upcoding’ to Maximize PDGM Reimbursement
CMS believed home health agencies would automatically “upcode,” or pick the primary diagnosis code tied to the highest level of reimbursement.
With 40% of Nursing Homes Close to Shutting Down, the ‘Shift to Home’ Is Likely to Accelerate
The nursing home sector is currently in the midst of a major spike of new COVID-19 cases.
Older Population Often Overlooked During EHR Optimization
EHR optimization within acute care hospitals is not up to the highest healthcare standard for older population patients.
30% of Home-Based Care Providers Aren’t Using Technology Tools
COVID-19 has underscored how valuable technology can be when it comes to caring for seniors in their homes.
Medicare Overpaid $267M for Hospital In-Patient Claims with Post-Acute Transfers to Home Health Services
According to a new audit report, hospitals improperly coding for post-discharge services contribute to hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicare overpayments.
How Home Health Agencies Can Demand Higher Valuations in M&A Deals
Buyers looking to purchase a home health provider have thousands of options to choose from. Agencies have less leeway.
Cerner Integrates EHR Digital Health Platform to Boost Patient Experience
Cerner announced it is partnering with digital health platform, Xealth, in an effort to enhance the patient care experience and enable patients to be active treatment participants throughout the healthcare process.
Consumer Demand for Home-Based Care Models Will Continue to Increase
COVID-19 pushed more senior care into the home, boosting business for Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurance giant.
Home Health to Play Increasingly Important Role in Clinical Research
Agencies are seeing higher levels of service demand, fewer workforce and recruitment issues and a heightened ability to divert patients away from skilled nursing facilities.