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Top 5 Reasons Home Health & Hospice Agencies Need Accreditation

• Ginny Kenyon

Top 5 Reasons Home Health & Hospice Agencies Need Accreditation

As our industry continues towards a pay-for-performance model, success and survival is dependent on quality patient care.

Importance of Accreditation

Regardless of the focus of your agency, whether home health or hospice, here are the top 5 reasons to begin accreditation.

1. Shifting Payment Models

This industry is shifting to a pay-for-performance models of payment. This means patient outcomes and patient satisfaction become crucial for reimbursement.

Accreditation helps you improve quality measures which increases payment for services.

2. Insurance Contracts

Many insurance providers refuse contracting to Medicare home health agencies without accreditation. Accreditation proves to payers your agency is serious about quality patient care.

Think of it this way: Payers for services expect to pay less for emergency and hospital care with provision of quality home care. It’s in their best interest—and yours—to focus on care quality.

3. Stricter Measures

Accreditation requires a higher level of quality standards than being a medicare provider only.

Accreditation requires implementation and evaluation of quality measures in provision of clinical care. The process allows agencies to meet and exceed quality standards of care.

4. Improved Culture

Accreditation requires organizational assessment which determine strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Agencies engaged in this process promote team approach and atmosphere for employees.

Additionally, agency evaluation to maintain accreditation allows the collaborative environment within your agency is ongoing.

5. Agency Growth

When you focus on improving patient care, employee participation, clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction; growth is a natural result.

Satisfied patients are more likely to recommend services to others and use services from you in the future. Satisfied Payers refer to agencies providing quality outcomes that saves money.

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Ginny Kenyon, RN

Founder & CEO, Kenyon Home Care Consulting, LLC

Ginny Kenyon, Founder and CEO of Kenyon HomeCare Consulting, is passionate about helping clients achieve unique success in the marketplace. Known for her ability to produce substantial results in a short period of time, her keen understanding of the home care industry allows clients to develop and implement long-term solutions.

Kenyon HomeCare Consulting knows what it takes to position your business as a vital partner to these emerging consortiums so you can continue to grow your business. Learn more by visiting http://www.kenyonhcc.com/.