Caregiver Safety: Preparing for the Unexpected

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Caregivers can face unexpected challenges to their safety on any given day. Safety issues can arise in the community, in the home, or during emergencies. Agencies must be prepared to communicate and act quickly. Federal and local regulations can help ensure a robust and complete plan.

In this episode, Kim Skehan from Simione Healthcare Consultants and I discuss the challenges in keeping caregivers safe, emergency preparedness regulations, and how technology can help ensure staff and patient safety.

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Resources Mentioned in this Episode and Supporting Information:

Emergency Preparedness: Is Your Agency Disaster-Ready? Learn the elements to consider in an emergency plan and the questions to ask.

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Climb the Ladder of Success With CoPs: From Simione Healthcare Consultants’ series on home health CoP training, learn the key factors for emergency preparedness.

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Home Health Conditions of Participation, 2018 Implementation. Checklist 484.102
Review each checklist item to insure compliance with the requirements with the Medicare Home Health Conditions of Participation effective November 15, 2017.

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Government’s Emergency Preparedness Resources: Access CMS and U.S. Federal Government websites for detailed information.

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Trillium Health Partners: Trillium Health Partners, a hospital in Ontario, Canada, providing specialized care to people in their own communities, uses CellTrak to improve safety and visibility of home dialysis staff.

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Bio of Kristi Harris, CellTrak VP Customer Success: As VP of Customer Success for CellTrak, Kristi Harris is responsible for ensuring our clients have a positive return on their investment and a great experience working with us. Kristi brings nearly 20 years of developing and managing teams responsible for software implementation, account management, training, and product support for various software companies in the health care industry. She has worked with hundreds of hospitals across the US to use software, data, and analytics to improve their business.

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Bio of Kimberly Skehan, Director of Regulatory and Quality Consulting, Simione Healthcare Consultants: With more than 25 years of clinical, management, and consulting experience in home health and hospice, Kim is nationally recognized and highly respected by state, federal and industry leaders. She has acted as a liaison to state and federal regulatory agencies and legislators to facilitate collaboration regarding issues affecting the home care and hospice industry. Kim currently serves on the Hospice & Palliative Care Committee for the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home, where she previously served as the VP for Clinical & Regulatory Services.

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