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by Judith Graham , Kaiser Health News
Home health agencies will be required to become more responsive to patients and their caregivers under the first major overhaul of rules governing these organizations in almost 30 years.
The federal regulations, published last month, specify the conditions under which 12,600 home health agencies can participate in Medicare and Medicaid, serving more than 5 million seniors and younger adults with disabilities through these government programs.
We have made the Pennsylvania Homecare Association proud again this year, as Deer Meadows Home Health & Support Services, LLC claims yet another 5 Star Rating from the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)! We are honored to accept this achievement, and will continue to provide quality, convenient, and affordable healthcare for all our patients; we expect to get 5 Stars every year!
Now, if you are asking yourself,
“What do these 5 stars represent? Why the accomplishment?”
Well, allow us to elaborate what it takes to get this top rank from CMS. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to match the high standards that come with a 5-Star Quality Rating. Once you see some of the guidelines, you will see what we are so excited about.
The ACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) sought out to implement innovation into the medical world. Their plan was to create an improved quality of safe healthcare, while also managing to reduce costs for Medicare patients. In the beginning of 2012, the ACA accomplished their goal, and organized the ACO.
ACO (Accountable Care Organization) represents an organization of medical professionals, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. These men, women, and institutions, have voluntarily joined together to assure that health care patients get the quality treatment they deserve in a timely manner, as well as cutting down their costs for healthcare.