HEDIS, Measurements, & Home Health

NCQA and Accreditation Standards The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) was formed in 1979 at the request of the federal Office for Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). The NCQA is an independent and not-for-profit organization deriving its revenue primarily from fees for accreditation services. The NCQA is the nation’s largest accreditor of Managed Care Organizations…

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance

What Is Disability The American Disabilities Act was established in 1990 to provide protections to those with disabilities, both mental or physical. The protections are similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment,…

Autoimmunity and Infusion Services

Autoimmunity and Infusion Services

What Is Autoimmunity Autoimmunity is when the body misidentifies its own tissue and attacks it. This hyperactivity can lead to serious tissue damage. These conditions can be life-threatening if left untreated. Common autoimmune conditions are lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Manifestations of Autoimmune Conditions People with autoimmune disorders suffer from…

What is Skilled Nursing Care

What is Skilled Nursing Care

Modes of Long-term Care Delivery Long-term care facilities are institutions such as nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and assisted living facilities that provide healthcare to people who are unable to manage independently in the community. The care may represent custodial or chronic care management or short-term rehabilitative services. The site of care delivery categorizes…

What Is Long-term Care Insurance

What Is Long-term Care Insurance

What Is Long-term Care Insurance Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is one financing option for the various components of long-term care. The earliest long-term care policies were first offered in the 1960s and covered only care in nursing homes. In 2016, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners reported that the long-term care insurance market covers more…

Home Care in the US

Home Care in the US   What Is Home Care Home care is care provided to individuals in their own residences. The goal of home care can be a long-term provision of supportive care and services to chronically ill clients to avoid hospitalization. Or, home care can act as short-term intermittent care of clients after…

home health & social care

Home Health and Social Care Coordination

What is Social Care? In the context of the US healthcare system, social care is the provision of health and human services to address social risk factors. The World Health Organization is one of the key organizations that spearheaded efforts to understand how upstream socio-economic circumstances impact a population’s health (“Social Determinants Of Health” 2021).…

COVID-19 and Home Health

COVID-19 and Home Health

  COVID-19 and Home Health There have been minor policy changes to home health due to the pandemic. Legislation like the CARES Act slightly promotes the usage of home health. Findings from current research suggest home health can significantly improve post-discharged COVID-19 patient outcomes. Home health can create a full continuum of care for these…