Equip yourself with the right tools for the job of providing quality patient care. Home Care & Hospice skilled clinical staff can now receive monthly, top-notch instruction including continuing education hours – at minimal cost and no travel expense or time away from the office! Gather multiple nurses around the computer and obtain the latest BEST PRACTICES on the topics listed below. Original Webinar Dates: January - December 2015.
Recording Length: 90 min
Faculty: HealthCare ConsultLink.
|Cost Per Recording:
Non Members $299
Working with the Quality Improvement Organization: What has Changed and What Nurses and Administrators Need to Know
A Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) is a group of health quality experts, clinicians, and consumers organized to improve patient care and review quality care issues for the Medicare population through a variety of ways. August 1, 2014 there were extensive changes to the QIO programs managed by CMS and the contractors providing these services. In the ever- changing home healthcare industry, it is important to understand the purpose of a QIO and what they offer to Medicare beneficiaries and their families, clinicians, and the home health or hospice agencies that care for these patients. Join us for this webinar and gain knowledge of the current QIO program and the resources available to improve overall patient care and outcomes for your organization.
Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI): The Impact of Effective Clinical Practice, Processes, and Workflow to Improve Patient Care and Satisfaction
Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) is a state and federal requirement for home health and hospice agencies. The problem with the requirement is that it has become a robotic process of chart and progress note review leading to corrections being made to the documentation and never identifying the true reason that the errors are occurring. This process can be identified as a “bandaid” philosophy and can set an organization up for possible compliance issues. Effective QAPI involves members at all levels of the organization and is a data-driven approach that identifies areas of concern in clinical practice, workflow, and/or processes that have a potential of compromising patient care. The QAPI team does an in-depth review of the identified gaps, and develops and implements appropriate corrective action plans with continued monitoring for effectiveness of interventions. Learn proactive ways to utilize your QAPI program in a way to improve patient care and satisfaction.
Current Best Practices to Prevent Avoidable Hospitalizations for Home Health and Hospice Patients
The home care industry has been tasked with reducing avoidable hospitalizations. Home health and hospice agencies manage patients who are at high risk for hospitalizations due to a number of reasons. We are managing an aging population with multiple chronic diseases, knowledge deficits, and ineffective self-management of their care. TMF Health Quality Institute is the Texas champion of the national Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) campaign. Under the direction of the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services the goal of this effort is to improve the quality of home care provided to patients with a focus on reduction of acute care hospitalizations. Do you want to get to the root of why most hospitalizations actually occur? Learn more about the Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) that can help your organization with tools and methods to effectively reduce your hospitalization rates.
Current Best Practices in Medication Management in the Home Health and Hospice Patient Population
Drug related problems are common in the elderly population and include issues such as adverse reactions, ineffective drug therapy, side effects, drug interactions, duplicate therapy, omissions, non-adherence/non-compliance, and/or impairment or decline in a patient’s mental or physical condition. These drug related problems cause numerous complications in the Home Health and Hospice patient and frequently lead to exacerbations of illness/disease processes, falls, hospitalizations, or even death. Join us in this webinar to learn more aboutpthe Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) and evidence based practices that can help your organization effectively assist patients and their caregivers in Medication Management through the use of specific tools and methods to reduce the risk of drug related problems.
Current Best Practices in Managing Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiovascular Health in the Home Health and Hospice Patient Population
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. and is a common diagnosis related to the post- acute industry. Heart failure is a major health problem in the U.S. affecting nearly 5 million Americans. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year and it is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65 years of age. It is imperative that the home health and hospice industries learn how to teach patients and caregivers how to effectively manage their cardiovascular diagnosis and reduce related hospitalizations. Learn more about Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIP’s) and evidence based practices that can help your organization accomplish this very difficult goal.
Current Best Practices in Managing Respiratory Health in the Home Health and Hospice Patient Population
Older adults are living longer and frequently have more than one chronic disease that affects their respiratory status. Respiratory health issues such as Chronic Obstructive Disease (COPD), Emphysema, Asthma, Pneumonia, etc. can lead to other conditions or injury if not properly managed. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pneumonia is a major cause of mortality among seniors aged 65 and older. These situations can affect the health and function of the older adults and therefore require careful management to ensure proper care and improve or maintain quality of life and reduce the risk of hospitalizations. Learn more about Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIP’s) and evidence based practices to help effectively manage your respiratory patients.
Current Best Practices in Managing Diabetes in the Home Health and Hospice Patient Population
Diabetes is becoming more prevalent in the older population due to increased life expectancy. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010, 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the population had diabetes and 10.9 million, or 26.9% of those were 65 years or older. Diabetes is associated with multiple co-morbidities such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, and vascular complications. This complicated disease process and co-morbidities cause hospitalizations and increased cost of medical care. Learn more about Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIP’s) and evidence based practices to help effectively manage the diabetic patient.
Current Best Practices in Managing Wounds and Integumentary Health Health in the Home Health and Hospice Patient Population
A wound or ulcer to the skin can be caused by disease process, injury, or a surgical procedure. As a person ages, the skin becomes thinner with less moisture and elasticity and the body’s ability to heal can be decreased. Wounds can be considered acute or chronic. Acute wounds can include abrasions, lacerations, punctures, or incisions. Chronic wounds can include venous, peripheral arterial, diabetic and pressure ulcers. Most wounds, but especially chronic wounds can cause extreme stress to patients and result in increased expense to care for with multiple products, long treatment time, and hospitalizations. Effective management of wounds requires understanding the goal for the patient. Although a curative approach for wound care is the norm that is seen in most situations, there are times at end of life that palliative wound care is also appropriate. Both require knowledgeable clinicians with up to date evidence based practices. Learn more about evidence based practices in managing wounds and ulcers in the home care patient.
Current Best Practices in Managing and Preventing Infections Health in the Home Health and Hospice Patient Population
The healthcare industry has been challenged to increase immunization rates and reduce preventable infectious diseases. Types of infections frequently seen in home care and hospice are viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic and can be spread in a variety of ways. Infectious diseases account for one-third of all deaths in people 65 years or older according to the American Academy Family Physician (AAFP). Infections can be identified as community or hospital acquired (nosocomial) and potentially drug resistant. Healthcare professionals play an important role in the reduction of infections through understanding the disease process and applying evidence based practice and care. Join us for this webinar to learn more about Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIP’s) and evidence based practices to help effectively manage infections in the home care patient.
Current Best Practices in Fall Prevention in the Home Health and Hospice Patient Population
Each year millions of adults 65 years or older experience falls resulting in moderate to severe injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one out of three older adults fall and less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it. CDC also reported in 2013, that 2.5 million non-fatal falls among older adults were treated in an emergency department with more than 734,000 of those patients hospitalized. These statistics are overwhelming, as most falls result in further issues such as reducing the ability to live independently and even death. The fact is that is that most falls are preventable and the Home Health and Hospice industry can play a large roll in reduction of these falls. Learn more about Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIP’s) and evidence based practices to effectively manage falls in the elderly population.
Clinically Managing An Underserved Patient Population Effectively
An underserved patient is less likely to get healthcare when it is needed due to a multitude of reasons. Affecting factors can be age, language, race, education, socio-economic status, mental health disparities, lack of insurability, and/or race. Home Health and Hospice clinicians struggle ineffectively managing this diverse population. Many patients are not health literate and it is imperative that we find ways to address these patient’s health issues. Clinicians must be trained in models of care that will result in effective change in meeting healthcare goals for the underserved client. Join us for this webinar to learn more about Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIP’s) and evidence based practices that will allow your organization to tackle this difficult challenge.
Utilizing and Understanding OASIS/CASPER Reports to Effectively Manage Your Home Health Patient Population
Medicare-certified home health agencies are required to use a standard set of data items, known as OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) as part of a comprehensive assessment for all patients receiving skilled care that is reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid. OASIS data sets are collected at specified time points and CASPER reports are generated for an agency to review and use for quality improvement in issues identified. Understanding these reports and how to use them to make appropriate changes to clinical practice and processes can be a challenge. Join us for this webinar and learn how more about OASIS/CASPER reporting and how to utilize the data received to achieve positive patient outcomes.