What is HIPAA Really? A Rule by Rule Breakdown

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) addresses the protection of individually identifiable health information. Everyone in healthcare is familiar with HIPAA and the general precautions taken to be "HIPAA Compliant" but few really understand the full scope of the legislation.

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What Surveyors Want in Your Disaster Plan

Emergency management is a hot topic in healthcare due to the grave implications when mishandled. Emergencies can happen at any time, without warning and differ from state to state and even city to city. Creating an emergency plan is not only important for providing continuous home health or hospice services when they're needed most, it's also a requirement for all accrediting bodies

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Survey Action Plan: The First 30 Minutes

It’s 9:15. All your staff has just arrived. Some people have already started working while others are making coffee and settling in. It’s a day like every other until the door opens and in walks your surveyor. Now it’s a bad day.

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Ensuring a Smooth Survey: Why the Surveyor's Contact Should be a Clerical Person

The first, and perhaps most important, thing you can do for your survey prep is to designate the primary contact for the surveyor. This is the most overlooked part of survey preparation but choosing the right person can make or break your experience.

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Home Health Documents Your Surveyor Needs within 1 Hour of Arrival

Start Your ACHC Survey on the Right Foot. No matter how ready your agency is, probably one of the most terrifying experiences is an unannounced survey

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Market Your Agency Successfully to Referral Sources

Agencies, by law, provide the same services so it’s naturally harder to differentiate, especially in condensed markets like Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami. So what’s a home health to do? Here are Some Tips and Tricks to Make Your Agency Stand Out to Referral Sources

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Office, Furniture and Equipment Requirements to Start Your Home Health or Hospice

The first step to starting your home health agency is finding the perfect office space! Based on your State, there are different office considerations. Here’s a complete list of office space, furniture, equipment, technology and office supplies to set up your start up home health and hospice agencies and be ready for your initial surveys.

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Medical Supplies Needed for Licensing and Accreditation Surveys

Home Health and Hospice Agencies preparing for surveys need to have basic medical supplies in the office. These medical supplies are meant to be given to clinicians based on various patient care needs. Here’s the list of medical supplies you need to have in your office during the licensing and accreditation surveys.

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