Be proactive, don’t let your agency miss the chance to participate in the survey!

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS
Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare

We all know how difficult it can be to communicate with physicians for numerous reasons. Under PDGM effective communication will be more important than ever.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is partnering with John Hopkins University conducting a survey addressing Agencies’ Communications with Physicians.

The paper survey, which will be mailed to your agency, is about five-to-seven pages long and should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey should be filled out by nurses or therapists – physical, occupational, speech language – who provide direct patient care in the home. It is not intended for hospice.

The survey asks questions about the quality of communication with physicians, as well as what barriers they may encounter while trying to communicate with physicians about patient care.

A previous study by the Johns Hopkins research team, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2018, showed that physicians spend very little time reviewing or acting on the SHHC plan of care (47% of physicians spent less than 1 minute reviewing the plan of care). The next step is to assess communication from the home health agency side, and Johns Hopkins University wants to give a voice to skilled home health agencies (especially those agencies that may not be a part of an integrated health system). JHU hopes this survey will create a more complete picture of what communication looks like between physicians and skilled home health agencies, which would hopefully lead to improved communication between the two and, potentially improve patient care.

For more information on the study and participation, please contact JH Research Coordinator, Jonathan Norton. Email: Phone: (410) 550-7171.

Source of this information is NAHC: