We have a lot of challenges in Home Health next year. No savior came to our rescue. Congress has absolutely no reason whatsoever to overlook home health when cutting the budget. They also have every reason in the world to come after home health for fraud and abuse and they have with a vengeance. They show no signs of stopping now and if you have been paying attention, nobody is safe. I have clients with as few as 100 patients undergoing a ZPIC audit and we know that the larger companies are not excused from scrutiny, either.
So before you get serious about implementing new programs and creating new ways to improve care while reducing costs, spend a little to make sure that you as a nurse or you as agency are building upon a sound foundation that protects you if you find yourself under scrutiny.
Take the Medicare Quiz and when you are through, you will see your results immediately. Let me know what you think of it.