Posted on: March 28, 2016 by Manchester Specialty
A home safety assessment is an important tool for home health care in verifying the safety of patients and their home environment, identifying and correcting deficiencies, and minimizing and preventing losses. As the majority of reimbursement for home care services is through Medicare or Medicaid, the government plays a major role in setting the quality of care standards that organizations should follow. Periodic on-site inspections are performed to ensure compliance with the laws, regulations, and standards of care. The federal government works in partnership with state agencies (including the state health department or state licensing authority for healthcare facilities), which often set additional regulations that govern the licensing of home health care providers. In addition, private insurers and the home care companies themselves may set quality standards of their own to follow.
There are several categories that make up a comprehensive home safety evaluation:
Documentation of the home safety assessment and any corrective actions is imperative, with any changes or substandard safety issues noted, evaluated and solved during follow-up visits.
Home assessments are an important component of home care. They determine the degree of safety, function and comfort of patients in their homes, and evaluate the need for adaptive equipment and assistive devices. Through the use of home assessments and appropriate modifications, home care providers are able to decrease the risks of patient falls and misuse of medications, improve patients’ accessibility in and around their homes, and keep patients living independently in their home environments as long as possible.
Manchester Specialty provides specialized insurance and risk management solutions to the home health care and hospice industry. We work exclusively with local brokers and would be happy to review your operation and how well your insurance program addresses the various exposures your operation faces. You or your local agent/broker can contact us at 855.972.9399 for more information about our products and services.