Home Health & Hospice Weekly News Roundup

Our weekly list of news, reports, and information about home health and hospice care. Learn about new studies, trends, CMS regulations and more.

Almost Family Comments on Recent Developments Including Hurricane Impact

Almost Family, Inc. today updated investors on recent events, including its implementation of the HomeCare HomeBase (HCHB) software system in 110 of its home health branches, reporting that 93 branches have completed their transition and all active patients served by those branches are now fully in the HCHB system.

How Home Health Agencies Can Achieve Defensible Documentation

With surveyors, auditors and regulatory watchdogs keeping a closer eye than ever on home health providers, agencies must now do more than simply document the care they’re providing in order to keep business running. Homecare Homebase offers a FREE white paper with best practices for keeping documentation compliant.

CMS Issues Physician Clinical Template For Home Health Services

CMS posted a list of suggested clinical data elements (CDEs) it developed for use within an electronic template for physician documentation of the home health plan of care/certification.

NHPCO Releases New Report “Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America”

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's newly issued report indicates that just over 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries accessing hospice received care for 14 days or less in 2015. “The hospice interdisciplinary team is ideally suited to provide care and support to patients and family caregivers throughout the last months of life, not just the last days,” said Edo Banach, NHPCO president and CEO.