Fazzi Associates is once again sponsoring the National Home Care and Hospice State of the Industry Study and will begin sharing the results with industry groups in October of 2016.  This national study is the fourth of its kind and the largest in the history of home care and hospice.

These findings will be the most important thus far, due to the need for agencies to change in order to succeed in the new world of Value-Based Purchasing and the inevitable Pay-For-Performance model that will be mandated nationwide.  Everything about this study is designed to help agencies improve quality and lower costs, because we know the Invincible agencies will be those who embrace “who we were yesterday cannot be who we are tomorrow.”

A sampling of topics includes:

  • 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?

Sponsored by Delta Health Technologies and HealthWyse, and co-sponsored by Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), The Joint Commision, NAHC Forum of State Associations, National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), and Fazzi Associates.

The 2013 National State of the Home Care Industry Study was the largest study in the history of home health and hospice designed to provide agency leaders with insights on industry best practices in three key areas:

  • IT/EHR
  • Telehealth/remote patient monitoring
  • Organizational practices

The goal of the State of the Home Care and Hospice Industry Study was to provide agency leaders with insights on industry trends and best practices for the future. Over 1,100 agencies were interviewed.  The focus of the study was on the present and future use in the key areas of information technology, telehealth, electronic health records, operational practices, and an array of other issues all related to the future survival and viability of agencies.  The study also included insights into strategies used by agencies that are now participating with ACOs and other health reform models.

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The Ohio Move to Improve Campaign for Excellence was a systematic effort to work with 100 Ohio agencies to help them achieve measurable improvement in their acute care hospitalization and management of oral medications by July 1, 2012.  It began on January 1, 2011.  The first six months included data collection, training on a proven improvement model, and support for developing a new, responsive clinical model to improve re-hospitalization outcomes.  From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, participants were supported in making the right moves to improve the re-hospitalization outcome.  Results showed significant improvements in hospitalization reduction.

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Sponsored by Delta Health Technologies.  Co-sponsored by National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign, NAHC Forum of State Associations, American Physical Therapy Association, and Fazzi Associates, Inc. May, 2011.

The National Study on Best Practices to Reduce Unplanned Hospitalizations had two goals: First, to identify the best practices that are used by hospital-based and non hospital-based home care agencies to reduce unplanned hospitalizations.  Second, based on the findings, initiate a systematic effort that results in home care agencies not only learning about the best practice findings, but also adopting the findings.

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Sponsored by Delta Health Technologies and Co-Sponsored by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, the Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Home & Community Health Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Fazzi Associates, Inc. April 2011.

This was the largest effort in the history of home care for therapy.  More than 80 clinical experts from around the nation spent nearly 50 hours working collaboratively through six topics important to the proper and consistent documentation of the medical necessity of therapy services and the use of therapy assistants.  The goal: to develop a shared set of recommended strategies, techniques, tips, etc. to help agency clinicians throughout the country more effectively manage their rehab services.

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Sponsored by Delta Health Technologies, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, and Fazzi Associates, Inc. January 2010

More than 80 changes took effect with OASIS-C on January 1, 2010—the biggest revision in the history of OASIS.  This project brought together some of home care’s top clinicians from all 50 states in a national effort to support and improve the accuracy of our clinicians in using the OASIS-C data set.

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Sponsored by Philips Telehealth Solutions, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, and Fazzi Associates, Inc. March 2009.

This project brought together a national panel of medical experts in chronic disease and leaders in home health care, with the objective to develop telehealth clinical protocols and best practices in care for the four leading chronic conditions.

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