Posts tagged ‘best practices’

December 2, 2012

HHQI releases best practices on patient self-management

Selman-Holman Associates is a coordinator with this, and it is exciting! HHQI now has released its Best Practice Intervention Package on patient self-management.

Are you familiar with your community’s efforts to improve the 30-day readmission rates of patients to your local facilities? Most communities around the country are addressing this issue in one form or another. Have you been contacted by someone in your community to discuss this issue? If not, you may want to ask yourself, ‘why not?’

As we all know, home health plays a central role in helping patients regain their health and remain in their homes. If you are not currently ‘at the table’ for your community discussions, now is the time to contact other providers –other home health agencies as well as hospitals, nursing homes, SNFs and physician offices – and begin the discussion as to what you can do as a community to improve the quality of care you provide to your citizens as they move from one care setting to another.

The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) national campaign recently released the focused Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) on the topic of Patient Self-Management. This BPIP is much smaller than the previous packages updating the content published in 2011.

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, please do so and share with your community partners. To download this, please go to the HHQI website and either register or login.

The BPIPs are found under the “Education” tab on the blue tool bar.

November 8, 2010

HHQI releases best practice intervention package

The Home Health Quality Improvement Cross Settings Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) series has begun. The first in a series of three dealing with best practice education, this one on cross settings, was published on October 28th and is currently available on the HHQI Web site at


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October 3, 2010

New code year … new chance for education!

As we start our new code year, we’re always scrambling for education on codes, but what about other subjects, like PPS fundamentals or OASIS best practices or coding and filling out OASIS information on those pressure ulcers?

It’s time for new education in the new year, and I’m offering these in the month of October, in addition to my live education around the country.

PPS Fundamentals, Monday, October 11
Understand the fundamentals of PPS that are essential to agency operations for administrators, quality personnel and coders. This includes information on:

  • How the HHRG is obtained.
  • Explain the case mix variable table.
  • Identifying how to bill non-routine supplies.
  • Explaining the role of diagnosis coding and OASIS answers to the financial health of a home health agency.

12pm -1:45pm CST

OASIS C Best Practices, Monday, October 18
What is a “best practice”? And what does it mean to your agency? The first quality reports have been released from OASIS C. How did CMS derive the information and how can your agency do better next time? In this education, we will:

  • Define best practice.
  • Discuss best practices involved in pain assessment, falls risk, depression screening and others.
  • Identify the correct method for answering OASIS data items regarding best practices.

12pm -1:45pm CST

Pressure ulcers, coding and OASIS-C, Monday, October 25
Coding pressure ulcers and responding to OASIS data items regarding pressure ulcers are some of the most difficult areas of home health practice. Lisa will lead your staff through the latest guidance on answering OASIS-C regarding pressure ulcers and contrast that with coding guidance. Lisa will:

  • Describe how to answer OASIS and code for pressure ulcers with skin grafts.
  • Describe how to answer OASIS and code for pressure ulcers with muscle flaps.
  • Describe how to answer OASIS and code for pressure ulcers that “heal.”

12pm -1:45pm CST

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