How, and Why, to Build a Wound Program of Excellence

For home health agencies, successful wound management is paramount to overall business success. Because wounds are pervasive among home health patients, effective wound management can lead to a healthier bottom line, whether benefiting from higher reimbursements under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), more referrals or the avoidance of litigation. Here is a step-by-step look at […]

Essential Nutritional Tips for Patients with COVID-19

As with many illnesses, good nutrition plays an important role to speed recovery from COVID-19. Smart food choices help to provide the proper anti-inflammatory nutrients needed to support essential bodily processes, improve immunity, and protect against loss of energy and diminished muscular strength. Both macro- and micronutrients are key drivers for a healthy immune response, […]

3 Key Questions That Impact Home-based Care Providers in Hospital-at-Home

With COVID-19 increasing capacity challenges in hospitals while also making patients wary of entering, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to expand its hospital-at-home waiver program, designed to give hospitals regulatory flexibilities to treat certain patients within their own homes. Health systems and hospitals are driving this process, but they do benefit […]

4 Enhancements to the Employee Retention Credit in 2021

When the coronavirus became a global pandemic in March of 2020, Congress responded with the CARES Act, one of several major pieces of legislation designed to bring COVID-19 relief to employers across the nation. Included in the act was the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), a fully refundable tax credit employers can use to help keep […]

4 Top Marketing Benefits of Converting to a National Franchisor

For an in-home care provider, the benefits of joining a national franchisor are vast, particularly in the age of COVID-19. Among the infrastructure advantages are marketing benefits, as a national franchisor is in an ‘always-on’ position building the brand while a local home care agency focuses on delivering care and eliminates the work that a […]

Why Independent Home Health Providers Can Blossom With the Right Home Health Care Consultant

When Jerry Karapetyan wanted to launch his Medicare home health care business, he had the passion and care abilities, but not the business and logistical know-how. The latter was provided by Salem, New Hampshire-based Certified Homecare Consulting, which delivers to independent and franchise based home health care agencies, everything from home health care licensure help […]

How Long-Term Care Insurance Billing Systems Boost Care Outcomes

2021 is the year of the home. Patients are becoming more comfortable using technology to receive care in the comfort of their own home while simultaneously becoming concerned about entering hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. And both hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNF) are beginning to battle home health agencies for ownership of the at-home […]

3 Reasons to Implement Speech Recognition

While 2021 in home-based care will not be a retread of 2020, it will share some challenges, and high on the list of challenges is something that was problematic even before the pandemic: staffing. The greatest challenge for home care agencies in 2021 will be staffing matters — hiring and retaining enough nurses, therapists and […]

3 Keys to Combating Nurse Burnout in Home Health Care

Nurse burnout has long been a challenge for home health care companies, as care delivery in the home comes with certain expectations and requirements that may not be typical of other care settings. But in many ways, the COVID-19 crisis that began in early 2020 made in-home care even more challenging for nurses and other […]