Join us in Urging CMS to Remedy New Face-to-Face Rule

Help Ensure Continued Access to Cost-Saving Home Health Services for Medicare Patients Dear Colleague, On April 1, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules implementing section 6407 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), requiring face-to-face encounters between home health patients and their physicians prior to certification for […]

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Patient Self-Management Support – More than Simply Patient Education

The challenge for patients trying to self-manage their chronic illnesses can be overwhelming.  Today’s chronically ill patients are being relied upon to manage the multitude of factors that contribute to their own health and well-being, but this requires patient education and support in self-management. Some experts regard patient self-management as a key area where there […]

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Nurses – Trusted to Care

There is no denying it – nurses make a critical difference and vital impact in providing the safest and highest quality patient care across the continuum of healthcare. In May, we recognize and honor nurses during National Nurses Week May 6-12.  This year’s theme is Nurses – Trusted to Care. Nursing is a profession that […]

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Do More for One in Four

One in four American adults live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition.*  Surprisingly, mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease.  The good news, however, is mental disorders can be reliably and accurately diagnosed, and just like most common physical disorders, some can be prevented and all can be successfully managed […]

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Answering the Call to Accountable Care

Most all physicians, hospital social workers, discharge planners, and other healthcare professionals have experienced the frustration of coordinating care for the growing population of chronic disease patients.  The challenge of connecting fragmented information from multiple physician specialists, inaccessible or missing medical charts, and multiple, often duplicated medical procedures is enough to make anyone crazy! A […]

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Press Release: Celtic Healthcare Announces New Virtual Care Division

Pittsburgh, PA – April 28, 2011 – Answering the call for accountable care, Celtic Healthcare is helping physicians, hospitals and insurers through our unique Celtic Virtual Care Division and Disease Management Programs. Celtic Virtual Care has codified nearly two decades of chronic homecare mastery into our Virtual Chronic Care™ methodology. Using our program and principles, […]

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The Dog Days of Volunteering

In honor of National Volunteer Week, I want to recognize and thank all of our Celtic Healthcare volunteers. What you do is truly admirable, and we could not do what we do without you. I hope you will indulge me by allowing a special guest blogger this week to share his hospice volunteer experience in […]

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Homecare Needs a Voice

Last week, I had the privilege of joining homecare and hospice representatives from all across the country in a “March on Washington” to meet with congressional leaders and discuss issues of healthcare policy reform and its effects on our industry. Some of the things we lobbied for included fighting cuts to our Medicare budget and […]

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Don’t We All Deserve a Little Respect?

In the hospice and homecare business, we meet many elderly patients. But do we always see the real person that is inside the wrinkled, weak and weary exterior? Do we see the teenager that once had dreams, the newlywed, young parent, active community member whose soul lives inside a crumbling exterior? I know I often […]

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