The new Medicare discharge planning rule should be an eye opener for many home health providers. Outcomes have always played an important role in the process, but now hospitals will have to report your agency’s care outcomes to prospective patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) believes that this policy change will improve transitions of care, increase a patient’s ability to access their health care information in a timely manner, and complement and align with efforts to improve interoperability across the care continuum. CMS also believes this supports patientcentered care and focuses on the patient as the driver of their health care, while simultaneously supporting the patient’s right to make their own health care decisions. Hospitals and home health agencies will need to comply with the new discharge requirements before November 29, 2019. Join Home Health Solutions CEO J’non Griffin next Friday, November 8 for a webinar presentation on this new requirement. During this presentation, attendees will find out why institutional referrals are more important under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), and how providers must adapt to the changes and be the patient’s provider of choice. In addition, attendees will learn what new discharge planning requirements home health providers are responsible to carry out in order to be in compliance.
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J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, WCC, HCS-D, HCS-H, COS-C, President of Home Health Solutions, is a 30-year veteran of home care as a registered nurse. She received her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration in 2005. She has experience as a field nurse, director, and executive with home health and hospice agencies, both large and small. She has served as Director of Staff Development and Appeals for home health and hospice agencies. She has taken part in mock surveys for agencies and prepared agencies for accreditation. She has been directly involved in accreditation surveys, acquisitions, and many regulatory crises with state survey agencies and the intermediary.
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