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6 Must-Try Tools for Hospices In 2021

For many, 2020 has been an unprecedented year. As hospice organizations rose to the occasion of caring for the most vulnerable amid the Covid-19 pandemic, technology became an even more vital tool in administering care and running an organization. Clinicians and administrators alike leaned on technology to highlight what matters most for patients, to ensure communication while many worked from home, to provide a central location for patient information, and so much more.

As 2020 comes to an end and healthcare organizations look ahead to 2021, here are some of the tools that hospices should have as part of their EMR.

 

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Are You Using a sMARt MAR?

For many hospice clinicians, scheduling and recording medication in the IPU is a timely and manual process even if you are using a MAR. This is because the MAR often isn’t tied to the EMR. Further, if the MAR is built on old technology or not specifically designed for hospice care, the automation that can make your job easier may not be in place.

Are you working with a sMARt MAR? We put together a list of questions to help you find out.

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Keeping the Patient Visit Schedule Tied to the Care Plan

Every year hospices across the country are penalized by Medicare because their visit schedule does not match the visit frequency required by the care plan. Below we explore why the visit schedule and visit frequency fall out of synch, and how hospice administrators can fix it.

 

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New Tools to Clearly Show Patient Decline Assisting Hospices In Addressing Medicare’s Second Most Common Deficiency

Medicare Emphasizes Patient Scores In Determining Hospice Appropriateness

Recently, Medicare has drawn attention to denial code 5CF36 – Patient is Not Hospice Appropriate. Hospice organizations face this error code when they have provided appropriate documentation that a patient is declining and appropriate for hospice. In fact, patient not appropriate for hospice was the second most common denial in Q1 of 2020 according to Palmetto GBA.

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New Enhancements to The Physician Certification App

A Certification App For Physicians, Nurses, and Medical Records

Physician certifications and recertifications are a key component to hospice care. However, many nurses, medical records and physicians are still bogged down in paperwork as they go back through prior charts to collect all the data necessary for physicians to certify a patient. Further, if electronic certifications are not linked to the EMR, certs may have to be printed, signed, scanned, uploaded, and re-entered into each patient chart. And that does not even include ensuring the correct dates get to billing!

The Physician Cert App takes this historically cumbersome process and automates it into a process clinicians can complete in 7 minutes and 6 simple steps!

 

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