By writing to well written care plans, home health and hospice organizations can avoid denials and so much more. Here are six benefits of putting more focus on care planning:
1. Guide care and provide a roadmap for the patient. Whether home health or hospice, patients and their families are in a high-stress situation. With a roadmap, they understand the end goal and are more likely to stay on the correct guidance for the services that will get them there.
2. Show collaboration among disciplines. A care plan that is created and supported by multiple disciplines helps to ensure a focused effort of care, defined goals, and supports optimal team communication.
3. Justify and support the need for services. When clinicians are reviewing a chart, there should never be a question about what exactly they need to do, why they’re doing it, and what the benefit is. Likewise, when a chart goes through an audit process, the care plan should be a source of truth for skilled needs and medical necessity.
4. Identify the skilled interventions needed for the patient. Clinicians should not have to navigate to multiple areas in a chart to find out what needs to be done during a visit. The care plan should clearly state the interventions to support timely documentation and visit efficiency.
5. Support homebound status. Should care be delivered in the home? Care plans help to evaluate the best services and environment for patients and families to meet their goals.
6. Welcome patient, caregiver, and family participation. Services delivered in the home require seamless communication. Care planning supports this communication by making sure everyone is on the same page and encouraging everyone to participate.