Administrative differences between Hospice and Home Health?

  1. It seems to me, with my little bit of experience, that they are basically the same from the standpoint of organization, documentation, marketing and growth.....

    I have an opportunity to attend two workshops very soon that have to do with passing a state inspection and marketing for success, both geared for home healths.

    But we are a hospice and I am not at all sure that what is good for a home health would necessarily apply to a hospice. (I mean, I realize our goals for our patients are not the same, but what about the other stuff?)

    I'd appreciate any input from more experienced hospice nurses (which would be all of you), particularly administrative types as I am a director of two foundering centers. Came in on the heels of a pretty big mess and our corporate administration is not very helpful, they seem to think it is just fine if I want to fix this! We are going to sink and drown if something doesn't happen, and I am a pretty motivated little individual....

    So--advice please? TIA! :wink2:
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   andyg
    chris, when I read this I thought it's a wonder you haven't had a bunch of thoughts shot at you. My opinion is they are completely different specialties with completely different goals with completely different COP and standard requirements with completely different staffing and visit differences. I guess my point would be they are completely different from many aspects. State inspections are somewhat the same but a surveyor looks at different areas of care for each. Marketing is essentially the same cause all you are doing is seeling your product and company. My best advise would gather your staff and get them behind you utilize their knowledge and create some enthusiasm because their morale is probably pretty low right now. Your staff will be your biggest ally in keeping your program from sinking. Good luck. Andyg
  4. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from andyg
    chris, when I read this I thought it's a wonder you haven't had a bunch of thoughts shot at you. My opinion is they are completely different specialties with completely different goals with completely different COP and standard requirements with completely different staffing and visit differences. I guess my point would be they are completely different from many aspects. State inspections are somewhat the same but a surveyor looks at different areas of care for each. Marketing is essentially the same cause all you are doing is seeling your product and company. My best advise would gather your staff and get them behind you utilize their knowledge and create some enthusiasm because their morale is probably pretty low right now. Your staff will be your biggest ally in keeping your program from sinking. Good luck. Andyg
    so you are basically agreeing with me.

    It seems to me, with my little bit of experience, that they are basically the same from the standpoint of organization, documentation, marketing and growth.....(from my initial post)
  5. by   andyg
    Yep I reckon for the most part I am. Since you are a pretty little motivated individual get those others motivated with you and good luck.

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