Monday, May 08, 2006

Picking the Winner

Well ... I did it. Something I've wanted to do for many years. Go to the Kentucky Derby and experience the infield.

Saturday, May 6th, 2006 was a perfect Derby Day, so Elizabeth and I made a spontaneous decision to go to the track. We had a wonderful time experiencing the experience of the experience. We placed a small bet on the ponies. Then we went back home in time to watch The Derby on TV.

And I won! I put a $2.00 bet across the board on the winning horse, Barbaro. And here's the ticket to prove it.

There are some similiarities between winning the Kentucky Derby, and winning in home health care. And it starts with picking top talent. Now I have to admit that I'm not much of an expert in picking top horse racing talent. I just got lucky.

But I'm getting better at helping clients pick top talent in home health care. Particularly leadership talent and sales talent. Much like the handicappers have tools to help them pick successful race horses, we have some tools we use to help home care CEOs pick top leadership and sales talent. If you would like to know more about these talent selection tools, give us a call toll free at 866-209-5101.

And stay tuned to see how our horse does in the Preakness, Pimlico race track in Baltimore on Saturday, May 20th. Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 01, 2006

CMS to Study Home Health Care and Medical Adult Day Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced the implementation of the Medical Adult Day Care Services Demonstration, which encourages Home Health Agencies (HHA’s) to partner with Medical Adult Day Care Facilities (MADCF’s) to provide medical adult day-care services to Medicare beneficiaries as a substitute for a portion of home health services otherwise provided in the home.

“This demonstration will allow Medicare to assess whether providing medical adult day care services as part of the home health benefit will improve patient outcomes and increase patient satisfaction,” said CMS Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.

There are approximately 2,100 licensed medical adult day care facilities throughout the country providing adult day services that include health care, as well as social interaction and caregiver respite services, to meet the day-time needs of individuals with functional or cognitive impairments.

Currently, Medicare beneficiaries who attend medical adult day care facilities pay out of pocket for those services or they are reimbursed through a third party payer other than Medicare.

The home health agencies that will participate in the demonstration project are:

Aurora Visiting Nurse Association, Milwaukee , Wisconsin
Doctor’s Care Home Health, McAllen , Texas
Landmark Home Health Care Services, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
Metropolitan Jewish Health System, Brooklyn , New York
Neighborly Care Network, St. Petersburg , Florida

What is your take on this project? What impact will mixing home health care and medical adult day care have on your business?