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Pulse Home Health Care practices skilled health care procedures firmly rooted in the latest research and best practices policies. We routinely mail bulletins to physicians and other medical referral sources to highlight how we help patients and to explain the scientific basis for different services. Here we share selected physician bulletins about Pulses Home Health Services. If you have questions about how home health could help you, please contact us today.

Avoid Denials for Medicare Patients

 

How to Avoid Denials
for Your Medicare Patients

August 2013
An expansive study concludes that when Medicare denies patients’ home health benefits, the number one reason is documentation of the face-to-face visit with the doctor. The good news is that the challenges with the documentation appear to be nothing more than a matter of acclimation to the new system.

Transitional Care ManagementNew Billing Opportunities Promise 7% Raise for Docs & NPPs

June 2013
New CMS billing codes pay doctors and non-physician practitioners (NPPs) for coordinating care after discharge from a hospital or skilled nursing facility to the community.  For many practitioners, this will mean being compensated for work they’ve been doing on a largely complimentary basis for years. 

Physical Therapy COPDThe Research on Home-Based Physical Therapy for Patients with COPD

March 2013
COPD patients with declining health statuses, recent hospital discharges, or moderate disability may be good candidates for additional programs designed to improve their quality of life and reduce overall health care spending / reutilization.  

COPD AdherenceSixty Percent of Patients with COPD Do Not Adhere to Therapy

October 2012
Don't let your patients become part of that sixty percent. Let Pulse's skilled multidisciplinary team help.

 

OsteroarthritisAchieve Success with Pain and Osteoarthritis of the Knee --Through Home-Based Exercise

June 2012
Many seniors with pain and mobility issues stemming from osteoarthritis of the knee do not ask for help. A home-based exercise program from Pulse Home Health can help improve stiffness and ease pain.

Diabetic Foot UlcersDiabetic Foot Ulcers

March 2012
Diabetic foot ulcers are linked to a 229% increase in mortality rates, according to a new study. Pulse Home Health Care can help your diabetic patients manage and prevent these ulcers.

Adverse Drug EventsAdverse Drug Events among Community-Dwelling Patients

December 2011
According to a study published in the journal Health Services Research, at least 4.5 million adverse drug events occur in the U.S. annually. Find out how Pulse Home Health Care can help prevent adverse drug events among your home health patients

Psychiatric ChallengesMore Help for Your Patients with Psychiatric Challenges

November 2011
The Surgeon General reports that mental disorders account for more than 15 percent of the overall economic burden of disease. Pulse's Psychiatric Nursing Program can help home health patients suffering from such mental disorders.

Medication DiscrepanciesHome Visits Detect
62% More
Medication Discrepancies

October 2011
Medication discrepancies rank as a serious problem for millions of adults post hospital discharge.  When you have homebound patients with a probability of medication discrepancies, make a referral to Pulse Home Health Care.

Chronic Disease ManagementBridging the Gap in Palliative Care

September 2011
A gap exists between the traditional home health program and the traditional hospice program. Pulse Home Health Care has a palliative care solution that will overcome the usual barriers to palliative care and make important care more available to your patients with advanced stage diseases

Chronic Disease Management

Manage The Telephone Calls to Your Office

August 2011
23% of after-hours calls to a family practice are made by 0.6% of the patients.  Use Pulse to give these patients enhanced medical support.

In-Home Stroke RehabEffective In-Home Stroke Rehab

July 2011
America's largest stroke rehabilitation study ever shows that in-home stroke rehab is just as effective as high-tech, facility based rehab.

Chronic Disease ManagementMaking Chronic Disease Management Easier for Doctors

June 2011
Pulse enhances the chronic disease managment services provided by doctors.

Managing Multiple SclerosisManaging Multiple Sclerosis

May 2011
Thoroughly managing Multiple Sclerosis requires a multidisciplinary team. With Pulse, doctors can assemble much of that multi-disciplinary team in one phone call.

Medicare ChangesThe Emotional Toll of Lymphedema

April 2011
Frustration with a lack of communication and options from medical providers, emotional toll, and disability emerge as common complaints among patients with lymphedema.

Documenting Skilled NeedDocumenting Skilled Need

March 2011
In 2011, new face-to-face encounter documentation rules require doctors to comment on the home health patient’s skilled need – in the doctor’s own words.

Medicare ChangesMedicare Changes Home Health Eligibility

February 2011
In 2011, Medicare will require additional paperwork from physicians in certifying and documenting orders for home health care. 

Documenting Homebound Status

January 2011
Beginning this year, Medicare will require notes from the doctor about homebound status as part of the documentation of the newly required face-to-face encounter.

Flu CareBouncebacks will Harm Hospital Revenue

December 2010
Health reform legislation passed last year is poised to reduce overall Medicare payments to hospitals with higher rates of 30-day readmissions for pneumonia, heart attack, or heart failure patients.

Flu CareHome Health for Cellulitis

November 2010
Research suggests that general practitioners and urgent care clinicians can make greater use of homecare to protect patient safety, improve patient peace of mind, and reduce national healthcare costs.

Flu CareCaring for Elderly Patients During & After the Flu

October 2010
Evidence suggests that elderly patients will spend more time than needed in bed or sitting when they are ill. Too much bed rest can lead to slower strength recovery, functional loss, and other complications.

Cardiac RehabilitationCardiac Rehabilitation Rates Less than 13% Among Medicare Beneficiaries

September 2010
Those who did use cardiac rehabilitation experienced 21% to 34% improvements in mortality rates. Pulse sends nurses and therapists to the homes of your patients for exercise training and skilled coaching on lifestyle modification. For qualified patients, Medicare pays 100% of allowable charges.

Surgical Site InfectionsSurgical Site Infections
Triple the Mortality Rate among Elderly Patients

July 2010
A study published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society described the effect of SSI on patients age 65+.

Instructing the Elderly PatientInstructing the Elderly Patient

June 2010
Whether your elderly patient receives new instructions in the office or in the hospital, home health teaching can improve understanding, adherence, and health.

Home Care for Patients with CHFWhen Heart Failure Survivors Return Home

May 2010
Following hospitalization for heart failure, patients at home are at serious risk for adverse outcomes.  During the 90 days following hospitalization for heart failure, 30% of patients are re-hospitalized and mortality rates reach 10%.

Home Health Care for rehabilitation of disabilityReversing the Progression of Geriatric Disability

April 2010
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows how professionally guided home exercise programs can significantly reduce long-standing disability in geriatric patients while achieving 89% compliance.

 
 

 

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