After completing this module, you will be able to do the following:
1.Demonstrate an understanding of how agency practices, payor mix, and financial intelligence influence agency performance.
2.Explore legislative priorities important to the home care industry.
3.Discuss how home health care nurses can engage the legislative process and remain at the forefront of home health professional nursing practice.
This module will examine how finances and reimbursement impact home health care operations. To conclude our exploration of the home health care industry, legislative imperatives influencing the industry will be examined.
The Affordable Care Act has challenged the healthcare industry to provide care that is cost-effective yet demonstrate quality patient outcomes. The home care industry has faced reforms that require it to examine its practices to remain viable. The home health care nurse, as administrator, must be actively involved in the day-to-day operations to ensure the future success of his/her agency.
Todayâs home health care nurse must take an active role in the legislative process to understand how health policy will shape the future of home care services. The opportunity to shape health care policy can be achieved through involvement in a legislative action network. As an example, the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) provides education and information on legislative priorities that affect the home care and hospice industries.