Effective Care Transitions and Community Services – Tools to Reduce Healthcare Costs

Jan 14, 2021 10:00:00 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Care, EVV, COVID, Medicaid

A few short months ago, on September 23rd, CMS announced a new round of federal funding that is going to states to support individual transitions from institutional care to community based services. The program, known as the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP), has been in operation since 2007, but at a time when new federal funding aimed at alleviating the travails of COVID-19 has reached into the billions, this relatively small grant of $165 Million got very little notice.


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Empowering Care 365 in 2021

Jan 5, 2021 11:07:24 AM / posted in Compliance, Care, EVV, COVID, Caregiver Safety

Though it has been overstated, 2020 was no ordinary year. In January alone, Australia lost 47 million acres of land in wildfires, Kobe Bryant tragically died in a plane crash and the 45th president of the United States faced an impeachment trial. That was all before the coronavirus pandemic swept the world.


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Looking Ahead: The Impact of EVV in 2021

Dec 14, 2020 1:57:42 PM / posted in Electronic Visit Verification, Mobile Solution, Compliance, EVV

As we reflect on an eventful 2020, it’s exciting to see how the homecare industry has courageously come together to support patients through these trying times. As a team, we have adapted to deliver care in a worldwide pandemic, learned what works for EVV compliance, and are looking ahead towards the opportunity to evolve EVV practices- all with the aim of continuing to deliver the very best patient care.


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Mastering Business Sustainability in Changing Times

Dec 2, 2020 4:09:42 PM / posted in Data, COVID

Historically, home and community care has been reactive, addressing the issues of the day with minimal focus on predicting and forecasting care delivery and design for the future. Operating in a decentralized environment, many organizations still function without technology to enable data collection at the point of care making it difficult to optimize evidence informed decision making and be ahead of the curve to ensure business sustainability.


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Optimizing Safety in an Emergency Situation

Oct 26, 2020 1:57:50 PM / posted in Caregiver Safety

Today and especially at this time of year, regardless of where you live, there are emergency situations such as wildfires, hurricanes and floods occurring. Pretty soon snowstorms will be added to the typical types of emergency situations that home care agencies and their front-line staff must navigate. Front line staff have been battling the COVID 19 environment for many months now, to couple on another emergency can leave those staff exhausted and their confidence shaken if the organization has not provided adequate tools to support their daily needs for safety in the workplace.


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EVV: The Time is Now

Sep 22, 2020 11:49:33 AM / posted in Electronic Visit Verification, Mobile Solution, Compliance, EVV

The implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is building momentum across the US. Many providers have responded to the push and made substantial progress to meet the mandate. There are others who might feel like a few months is a long way out and they still have time to think about EVV- rather than act. If you are in the second category, you are not alone, but please keep reading.


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Ensuring Patient Safety in a COVID World

Sep 15, 2020 1:42:15 PM / posted in Mobile Solution, Compliance, Communication, Care, COVID

As we look to celebrate World Patient Safety Day on September 17th, the world is so much different since COVID and now more than ever agencies need tools that can assist in management of safe, quality and ethical care and service delivery in the new world. Ensuring front line staff have access to an electronic point of care documentation solution has the potential to make patient safety even better by supporting standardized care delivery practices and implementation of new practices; making supply management easier; facilitate integration of new models of care and optimizing risk management in home and community care.


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How to Decrease Caregiver Churn Rates

Nov 15, 2018 12:03:43 PM / posted in Retention

With a skyrocketing 65% turnover rate for personal care aides, a double-digit nurse turnover rate and a low unemployment rate, home care agencies face massive challenges with retention and employee churn.


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EVV: Implementation Insights

Oct 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM / posted in EVV

Agencies can’t afford to delay.  The regulatory deadline is approaching quickly, and the cost of inaction is high.

Our guidance to agencies - start now to take advantage of immediate ROI.  We recommend that agencies in open states get started, in order to design an optimal workflow and allow time for implementation and testing.  There are two parts to EVV compliance:


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You Can Get the Data You Need With Just a Few Words

Oct 18, 2018 12:17:16 PM / posted in Care, Savings, Interoperability, Data

 - Mark Battaglia, CellTrak CEO

The leader of a mid-sized home care agency realized that, in order to compete effectively, she had to find ways to run the business more efficiently. As she dug into how the agency operates, she found that some data had to be keyed into multiple systems, data from some systems needed to be manually keyed into other systems, and that her management team couldn’t combine data in the ways they needed to do analyses to optimize the business.

At first, the leader framed the problem in technical terms – what technology did the agency need to better use its data? But, after talking with the CIO, she realized the technology to make use of the data wasn’t the issue – access to the data was. “It’s our data,” she said. “Why can’t we just get it and use it?”


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