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The National Association of Homecare and Hospice has a new focus in Washington: pushing the Medicare program to support care at home that’s equivalent to what's provided in a skilled nursing facility. NAHC President Bill Dombi ran through the group's priorities and recent wins as he opened the virtual 2020 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo. Read more from Dombi's address here.
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Knowing how to talk to patients and customers about finances can make the difference between them getting care or walking out the door. Here are four steps for managing the payment discussion with emotional intelligence—and how to get your team on board—from Patty Casebolt, the chief quality officer at Medical Eye Center in Medford, Oregon. Sponsored by CareCredit. 
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Statistics show that 1 in 10 adults over age 60 suffers from elder abuse. In large part, this abuse is by home health care providers or another person the senior trusts. The most significant risk factor for abuse is the provider’s exclusive one-on-one exposure to the client, ranging from two to 24 hours a day. Because the senior may be isolated, others may not be there to recognize abuse or prevent it from happening or continuing. Sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance.
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Treating Wounds Virtually Helps Manage Risks for Patients & Clinicians
More than 80% of nursing facilities across the U.S. suffered from some level of infection control deficiency, according to a 2020 report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the need for telemedicine and the positive impact it has on eliminating an avenue of exposure to seniors, in particular. Find more here.
Building Wound Care Expertise
Today, more than a third of home health patients require treatment for wounds, which can consume up to 50% of a nurse’s visit. Building wound care expertise in your agency can help with staff retention and keep patients safer. Here's how to do it.
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