This year, the Office of Civil Rights published significant changes to the HIPAA rules that go into effect September 23, 2013.
The 2013 HIPAA changes:
- Expand the definition of “Business Associates” (BA) and the requirements required of BAs
- Outline new enforcement and notification rules for breach of Protected Health Information (PHI)
- Modify the Privacy Rule as required by the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
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Years ago, we seldom heard much about education and training for those involved in private duty home care. Many states didn’t even license non-skilled/medical home care. Much has changed since then. More states now require licensing for non-skilled/medical home care agencies. Additionally we see an increase in the requirement for ongoing education and training for your home care staff. We only need to look to the changing landscape of health care to help us understand the changing requirements. Many home care agencies and state and federal governments have recognized the need to educate the home care caregivers. No longer can we afford to keep the home care aide/personal care worker ill-equipped.
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This week’s guest writer, Ellen Martin, RN, PhD, talks about the importance of staff continuing education and an in-service program.
The care and needs of our clients can change almost daily and with those changes comes the need for patient oriented, timely, and accurate knowledge of how to meet those changes.
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The Wall Street Journal recently printed a disturbing article! It was about the Hospital at Home and Transition projects springing up around the country and the success they are achieving. The alarming information was that hospitals are using their own nurses and nurse practitioners to provide this service for the senior population. This is both a challenge because of the use of their own staff and a cause to celebrate because they now recognize the need for our types of services.
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We hear a lot about “Quality of Care” in Home Care, Home Health and Hospice but seldom is it defined in terms that allow us to really quantify what it really means or what it looks like. “Quality” is both objective and subjective. One attempt at measuring quality is outcomes, yet even those have subjective elements. Someone may rave about the food at a restaurant, but when you go, you find it is okay, but not great. The menu may be very varied and with great selections, just not great! So, how do we determine quality? What are the solid elements that tell us we have are achieving quality of care?
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Can you recall a time when you had a home care manager that you loved because they had a capacity to pull the best from you and help you see the best in yourself? I have had the privilege of having at least two individuals in my career that I can truly identify as people who made a difference in my practice and my life. I identify them as my “super coaches.” I was never chastised for making a mistake or written up for a failure, rather they would identify the issue and ask me to rethink the situation and how I might have handled it differently. Those were powerful learning opportunities when a coach-approach is used to mentor and grow your staff.
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Through the years I have been fortunate to have both mentors and coaches to aid in the growth and development of my home health career. I truly doubt that I would be where I am today if it had not been for those few special individuals who recognized my potential and helped nurture that potential to what it is today. Everyone needs others to help them. No one achieves great things on their own. Somewhere along their journey, mentors and coaches helped them achieve the success they enjoy.
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Without a doubt, performance evaluations and/or appraisals are one of the least liked and hardest requirements of a home care leaders job. This is particularly true for those in mid-management. But, they aren’t the only ones! For members of your staff, performance appraisals are often the least liked requirement of their positions. I often wonder why something so powerful and life affirming has been met by both sides with such dissatisfaction. Is it possible that the words “evaluation and/or appraisal” has gotten in the way of the real goal – that of mentoring and coaching staff to stellar performance?
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How strong is your Home Care orientation program? Do you do the bare bones minimum, as quick as possible and out the door, or do you make it an event to remember? With the data indicating that home care workers currently are in short supply and are projected to be more so in the future, everything you do should be focused towards home care staff retention. Do you remember the old saying “You never have a second chance to make a first good impression?” Orientation is your chance to make that first good impression. With the data indicating that home care workers currently are in short supply and are projected to be more so in the future, everything you do should be focused towards home care staff retention.
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If you think hiring good home health caregivers is difficult now, prepare yourself for the future! It is going to become considerably more difficult to hire caregivers at all, let alone those you will deem “good hires.”
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