Productivity

Home health productivity saw little to no change from 2010 to 2011 for all disciplines, with one notable exception: The average number of daily visits performed by therapy assistants declined...
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A mixture of new Medicare requirements and the ongoing OASIS-C learning curve has led to a dramatic loss in productivity among registered nurses....
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When discharging a patient on a multi-discipline case, Wilson County Home Health’s clinicians notify the other clinicians via e-mail on their BlackBerries....
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One side effect of OASIS-C: It’s causing some home health agencies to hire staff as a way to maintain productivity, despite the still slumping economy....
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Home health clinicians in rural areas drive an average of 14 miles more per day than clinicians in urban areas....
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Increases in visit weights for start-of-care and discharge visits were the most popular changes, according to 183 responses to HHL’s 2010 productivity survey (see below for more). Agencies say those...
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The idea of having dedicated OASIS nurses may be gaining popularity as home health agencies struggle to maintain productivity levels during OASIS-C implementation....
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The transfer OASIS form may have been a breeze for clinicians to complete in the past, but agencies fear the new OASIS-C version could take clinicians up to 90 minutes...
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For one agency, improving care coordination between departments meant tearing down a wall – literally....
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The chart below shows the average number of visits made by each home health discipline in 2009 for the 30 most common HHRGs. The data is compiled by national benchmark...
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When comparing your average number of visits per episode, you’re better off using state averages rather than national averages, new data indicate....
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Extend the hours that your agency’s schedulers are available to assign visits and you could increase visits, improve clinician satisfaction and cut overtime costs....
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Some agencies are developing more sophisticated methods for weighting visits to help clinicians reach their productivity standards....
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The economic downturn is affecting home health productivity differently for agencies across the country....
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As agencies eliminate clerical staff to cope with the economic downturn, it has become important for managers to track clinicians’ productivity to maintain the balance between visit averages and quality...
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The extra time it takes to educate clinicians about the new OASIS and coding requirements triggered by the 2008 PPS has slowed productivity for some HHAs, according to HHL’s 2008...
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Create an Excel file that automatically calculates whether the episode is an early or late episode to help secure accurate payments under 2008 PPS. ...
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Consider pursuing specialized training – such as coding certification – ahead of the 2008 PPS changes. It’s a proven way to get agency administrators to see you as the go-to person in...
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Here's a way to increase your schedulers’ productivity by 100%: Implement a scheduling software system that's Web-based, says Jackie Marcelle, executive director of Home Health Care Partners in Amsterdam, N.Y....
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Louise Bodenstein offers a weekly $1 bonus for every hour of care her scheduler sells on the phone to clients, and in one record-breaking week, her incentive plan produced 500...
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Avoid therapy downcodes and unnecessary home health advance beneficiary notices (HHABNs) by keeping better tabs on your therapy payments....
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The average Medicare-certified home health agency employs 35.5 full time equivalent (FTE) visiting staff, including aides, nurses, therapists and social workers, according to a survey by Yardley, Pa.-based researcher, Verispan...
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Telehealth doesn't just increase home health agencies' productivity most of the time; it also makes nurses happy....
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Some clinical supervisors are just never pleased with the productivity of their field staff. But maybe it's time to start letting up a little on your RNs and PTs if...
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Maybe it's time to start letting up a little on your RNs and PTs if they are averaging five visits/day. For the fourth year in a row, that was the...
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Administrators, CEOs, clinical supervisors, nursing directors and others representing 2,515 RNs and 951 physical therapists say their clinicians spend an average of 101 minutes per day filling out paperwork. It...
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The more than half of home health agencies that have adopted point-of-care systems have longer average visits -- but not that much longer -- than the agencies not using POC, according to...
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Do you know which of your nurses are technologically savvy -- and which are the techno-phobes?...
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For the third year in a row, registered nurses (5.1 visits) and physical therapists (5.4 visits) are averaging around five visits per day, finds a survey by Clinical Supervisor ALERT...
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Wondering how your visit weights compare with those of other agencies? Or, have you been holding off on weighting visits due to the lack clear benchmarks?...
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You’d be doing right by your RNs and PTs to weight certain OASIS visits higher than others. And, if you’ve settled on visit weights around 2.00 for start of care...
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In 2001, home health agencies were hot to try out the latest productivity-boosting recommendation -- assessment-only nurses. Clinical Supervisor ALERT's data that year showed assessment clinicians were about 20 minutes faster...
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If overall clinical productivity has improved among your RNs and PTs over the past 12 months, you've got something to crow about....
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Three little letters -- MSN -- can boost the salary of a home health agency clinical manager by 30%....
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Your bottom line probably looks better than most home health agencies' if your clinicians are making, on average, less than 15.75 visits per episode....
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How'd you like your nurses to step up their productivity by an extra 10 visits a month? Adding a per-visit quota appears to be the best answer, based on responses...
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