Delta National Excellence in Therapy Report Now Available -Addresses Appropriate Levels of Homecare Therapy Services-

ALTOONA, Pa., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Health Technologies® LLC ("Delta") announces the availability of the complete Delta Excellence in Therapy Report, detailing the findings from the Delta National Excellence in Therapy Forum, a first-of-its-kind, national effort to develop strategies and guidelines to ensure that homecare patients receive appropriate levels of therapy services. A leader in the homecare software industry for more than 40 years, Delta develops specialized solutions and services for homecare, hospice and private duty.

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In September 2010, more than 80 nominated clinical experts from around the nation spent several days working collaboratively through six topics related to proper and consistent documentation of therapy services, including:

  • Utilizing Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data to determine referrals to appropriate therapy services;
  • Management of specific areas of the comprehensive assessment that have been challenging for therapists;
  • Ensuring a therapy evaluation visit provides justification for "medical necessity;"
  • Ensuring therapy interventions are consistent with assessment findings;
  • Documentation needed to support the level of care provided, including tips for reviewers; and
  • Appropriate utilization of therapy assistants.

In addition to Delta, forum sponsors included the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and Fazzi Associates, the industry's leading best-practice research firm.

According to Keith Crownover, Delta president & CEO, the report addresses the concerns expressed by regulatory and oversight groups and demonstrates the industry's desire to ensure that every homecare patient receives the rehabilitative services that they need to return to independent living.

"In the past year, the national media, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and even the SEC have expressed concern that there is overuse or misuse of therapy, particularly the number of therapy visits and their impact on reimbursement," said Crownover. "While the homecare industry may have lacked definitive guidelines, we know it does not lack the caregivers — physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers and clinical nurses — who have the expertise, passion and commitment to develop tips and strategies to insure the most effective, compassionate care. This report is living proof."

Interested parties may download the complete report at www.DeltaHealthTech.com.

These guidelines will be incorporated into Delta's new software tool, ClinicalVirtuoso, built collaboratively with almost 20 therapy organizations. For more information, visit www.DeltaHealthTech.com or www.DeltaTherapies.com.

About Delta Health Technologies, LLC

Delta Health Technologies, LLC is one of the most experienced providers of information systems and services for homecare entities nationwide. Headquartered in Altoona, Pa., Delta focuses exclusively on providing technology solutions for homecare, hospice and private duty. Delta has been working with its customers to achieve their goals for more than 40 years. More information can be obtained by visiting www.DeltaHealthTech.com.

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