Longer home health visits may reduce rehospitalization risk, study shows

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Agencies should consider scheduling visits earlier in the day for patients at higher risk for rehospitalization, a new study recommends.
This is because visits that are longer than usual by just one minute reduce the risk of hospital readmission by 8%, and the duration of home health visits tends to be impacted by order, the study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows.
The study involved data collected between …

Staggering shortage of home health aides expected by 2025, new report shows

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While home health aide is one of the fastest growing occupations nationwide, a new report shows that growth will fall even shorter of meeting the increasing demand than some anticipated.
Home health aide jobs are expected to grow by 47% by the year 2026, according to the most recent projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). But according to the report from health care staffing consultant Mercer, there …

Proposed hospice rule shows Alzheimer’s is top diagnosis

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Now that Alzheimer’s disease has risen to become by far the most commonly used hospice claims-reported diagnosis, hospices must be even more certain that their documentation for Alzheimer’s patients can withstand auditor scrutiny.
G30.9 (Alzheimer’s disease, unspecified) was listed as a principal diagnosis 155,066 in the 2017 fiscal year.
That’s roughly twice as often as any other principal diagnosis, according to the 2019 proposed hospice payment rule posted April 27.
While Alzheimer’s …

Could education prevent the overuse of antibiotics for UTIs?

A study recently published in the Annals of Long-Term Care found that a checklist and certain other care and training interventions lowered the risk of UTIs and over-treatment of UTIs with antibiotics. Results of the study were presented at the American Geriatric Society 2018 Annual Scientific Meetings in Orlando, FL.
The study is part of a Geriatric Fellowship program at Florida Hospital. The study found that a urinalysis is often requested by family or the care …