November 1st 2006
Pay-for-Performance (P4P) provides home health agencies an opportunity to show their value and expertise to the healthcare industry. The primary goal of home health has always been to educate the client and family on how to proactively manage a chronic illness and avoid the reoccurrence of an acute illness. Home health nurses are the eyes and ears of the physician, often recommending modifications to the plan of care based on their knowledge of the patient's medical condition and home environment. With the advancement of healthcare technologies and pending P4P regulations, this knowledge becomes a more important basis for assessing patient and family compliance to care recommendations.