16 Dec Home Health News 2021
A Look Back at the Biggest Stories in Home Care in 2021
From dealing with caregiver shortages and adjusting to COVID protocols, to EVV implementation in various states, and preparing for NOA billing, 2021 was a busy year in the home health care industry. Alora is committed to helping you navigate the ins and outs with timely blogs, fact-filled white papers, and informational webinars. If you missed anything, no worries, in this blog we’ll recap some of the most important topics and give you some quick shortcuts.
Looking ahead to 2022
Let’s kick things off by digging into the forecast for 2022. Lots of things happened in 2021 that have set the stage for a busy and occasionally challenging 2022. If you missed our recent blog on the 2022 Home Health forecast, no time like the present to discuss the future!
This blog dives into everything from regulatory changes, to predictions on pocket-book and balance book issues and staff efficiency.
No singular topic of a non-regulatory nature was in the news more arguably than caregiver retention. The baby boomer generation coming of age for home care services, combined with a shortage of qualified nurses and caregivers, resulted in a series of challenges for home health agencies attracting and keeping their field staff.
Agencies had to contend with headwinds in competing with salaries in higher-paying fields, identifying nurses and caregivers who are qualified for the openings available, regional shortages based on the population needing homecare compared to agency bandwidth, and regulatory issues such as vaccination mandates as they work their way through the courts. All of these impact the ability to attract and maintain a full staff as the demand for home care increases. Here are some of the top blogs on the subject:
- Five facts about caregiver burnout that will startle you
- Government proposes new investment in homecare jobs
- The four foundations of improved staff retention in homecare agencies
- Creating magnetic job postings to attract nurses to your agency
- Preventing caregiver turnover in your home health agency
- Ten best ways to show caregiver appreciation
- Dealing with the shortage of caregivers in home health care
- Caregiver training – six key practices to get nurses off to a good start
- Work/life balance tips for clinicians
Could Complain, but Can Comply!
Regulatory changes, compliance with state and federal rules and mandates, new and hopefully better ways of doing things…2021 brought quite a few new compliance initiatives while furthering some that began in 2020. Browse the topics below to get the lay of the land:
- Homecare & HIPAA – Preventing and avoiding privacy breaches
- Billing the Notice of Admission
- Vaccine Mandates & the Home Health industry
- CMS Survey preparation
- OSHA emergency temporary requirements
Run Your Agency Better
From charting to training to best management practices, there is always more to learn on how to keep clinical staff happy, healthy and efficient, while growing your agency. From choosing the right EVV system and home health software to understanding your patients and how to serve their interests in the best possible way, here are the year’s best bits on getting your house in order and keeping it that way!
- Tips for charting compliance among staff
- Why patient satisfaction scores matter in home health
- Big Homecare agencies do these three things
- What is keeping my agency from growing?
- Key metrics your agency must watch
- Four things successful Homecare CEOs do daily
- Top tools and tips to help your home health agency grow
- Referral Sources for Home Health Care
By now most agencies are familiar with the 21st Century Cures Act and its requirements. Depending on the state you live in, EVV in some cases is fully implemented, partially implemented, open model status, or extended. Explore all things EVV in these blogs:
- EVV by state – Search for EVV news across various states
- Choosing the right EVV software
- EVV delays and extensions
WEBINARS & WHITE PAPERS
Webinar – Billing the NOA (Notice of Admission), The Replacement of Medicare No Pay RAPs
On January 1st, 2022, Medicare No Pay RAPs will end, to be replaced with Notice of Admission (NOA). In this on-demand recorded webinar, guest speaker Lynn Labarta discussed what it all means to you and the steps you can take to assure your agency stays in compliance and doesn’t lose a penny.
White Paper- 7 Steps to Starting a Successful Home Healthcare Agency
If you’re ready to start your own agency, these seven steps will carry you from zero to launch with the fewest hurdles.
White Paper -The Four Foundations to Improved Staff Retention in Home Health
Attracting, training, and keeping nurses and clinicians in home health agencies…learn all about it!
READ THE WHITEPAPER – “4 Foundations to improved staff retention for home health agencies”
There’s Much More to Come from Alora in 2022
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