HQAA Blog

Coordination of Care

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 @ 01:39 PM

Towards the end of the Provision of Services (PS) standards, almost to the end of the section, is the very simple accreditation standard PS 9: The Coordination of Care.  The standard, in very simple, straightforward language, reads:

The organization documents the coordination of care between all those involved in the delivery of services or equipment/devices to the client. The organization documents communication with the client and between providers in a standardized manner within the client medical record.

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Topics: HME Accreditation Requirements, Patient File Requirements, Quality Care

Using Clinical Respiratory Services to Enhance Your Business

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Mon, Feb 06, 2017 @ 02:54 PM

Clinical respiratory services (CRS) are hands on care, assessment, or treatment, governed by state regulations including Respiratory Practice Acts and Licensure Laws.  It is usually physician-prescribed in conjunction with medical equipment services.  Most of the DME organizations that provide CRS do not get paid for the services and do them as an adjunct to providing some kind of equipment services, such as an oxygen or ventilation program.  Because of the limited opportunities for reimbursement for these services, organizations

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Topics: Quality Care, Clinical Respiratory Services

“Ride Alongs:” A Useful Tool for Your Company

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 03:16 PM

“Ride alongs” are home visits that are performed with a new orientee or current staff member where an evaluator rides along to teach and observe the staff member performing the visit.  These visits are typically done during orientation/training and on an on-going basis for competency assessment.  These visits ensure that all of job-related tasks are being performed in a correct manner while the staff member is unsupervised in the field.

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Topics: HIPAA, Quality Standards, HME Accreditation Requirements, Patient Privacy, Quality Care, Delivery, Competence

Top 3 Reasons to Seek Facility-Based Ventilator Unit Accreditation

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 @ 02:15 PM

Now available from HQAA: Facility-Based Ventilator Unit Accreditation

HQAA’s newest accreditation product, Facility-Based Ventilator Unit (FBVU), is starting conversations about quality throughout the long-term care industry.

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Topics: Long Term Care, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Ventilator Unit, Quality Care, AARC