Call for Participation: National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study
May 10, 2016 10:10 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is cosponsoring the 2016 National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study conducted by Fazzi Associates.They have a goal of conducting interviews with a variety of agencies to collect best practices and help agencies improve quality and profitability. NAHC encourages members to volunteer to participate in this important study by clicking this link. Agencies that participate will receive an advance copy of the findings to be released this fall.
The study questionnaire was designed with input from over 1,700 suggestions from the industry (see previous NAHC Report article here). This is the fourth biannual State of the Industry Study. Following are some of the topics included:
The impact of telehealth on costs, quality, referrals, unplanned hospitalizations, emergent care, and patient satisfaction.
Using multidisciplinary teams to improve quality and productivity.
Compensation strategies that increase retention.
What program areas are agencies expanding into?
What’s really happening with new healthcare reform models?
Plans for mergers, affiliations and partnerships.
How quickly is the industry moving to outsourcing?
What staffing models best impact quality, outcomes and cost.
What is the single biggest concern among industry leaders?
NAHC is joined by Fazzi Associates, one of the oldest and largest home care and hospice consulting, training, outsourcing, benchmarking and research firms, as co-sponsors of the study. Fazzi Associates will also serve as the developer, research and dissemination lead on the project.
“Our goal is to generate a cross section of best practice information that will be of immediate help to home health and hospice providers, vendors and policy makers,” stated Dr. Robert Fazzi, founding partner of Fazzi Associates and Co-Director of the national study. “This is our fourth National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study, and this year more than ever it’s important to learn what leading agencies are doing. That is, those with the highest quality and patient satisfaction scores and the lowest hospitalizations and cost structures. This information will be especially valuable to home health agencies in the nine Value Based Purchasing (VBP) pilot states – and really to all agencies, because we know that some form of VBP will become reality everywhere in the future.”
The criteria for participation is that agencies must be Medicare certified, have patient revenues of at least $500,000, and a minimum of two reporting periods on Home Health Compare.
Again, you can participate in the study by clicking this link.
NAHC will continue to update the industry as the national study moves forward. For more information or questions, contact Project Co-Director, Lynn Harlow at firstname.lastname@example.org.