Starting and maintaining a home healthcare agency isn’t easy. However far you are in your journey, you should be commended for your efforts. It’s okay to admit that you need help sometimes, though. That’s why consulting companies exist—to provide the assistance you need to reach your next milestone when scaling your company. If you’re in need of support in various areas of your home healthcare agency, consider the many ways a consultant could help.
Knowing the Process
Whether you are a new agency working toward accreditation, a large agency with hundreds of patients and years of experience, or anywhere in between, your agency only leaps these hurdles yearly or every couple of years. Consultants regularly help their clients with these challenges. They know what’s coming next, as well as what has changed since the last time you went through a survey.
A lot of moving parts come together to keep a home healthcare agency moving. If you don’t have management staff in place to handle some of these parts, a consultant can help you fill in the gaps. This leaves you and your staff free to do what you do best: caring for your patients.
With management consultants, you can better prepare for surveys, breathe easier when tax time arrives, let experts handle the regulatory paperwork, and expand your team with solid training.
Staff and Management Training
You don’t need to know everything about your home healthcare agency as long as you have experts on hand to help with training in various areas. A consultant can provide expert guidance in everything from Human Resources to state and local compliance issues.
With the assistance of a consultant, you can create documentation for your corporate policies, update safety and risk management training courses and standards, train your staff in ethics and CHAP standards, and much more. The best part is, you won’t need to take any time away from your already busy schedule to manage or lead these training sessions, because your consultant partner will do all the work for you.
Your home healthcare agency may be subject to survey at any time, so it’s best to always be prepared. The survey organization will determine if your company is compliant with all regulations on the local, state, and national level. These are in-depth and can be intense times for your organization. Fortunately, you don’t have to prepare on your own, and you certainly don’t have to go in blind.
With the help of a consultant, you can practice surveys throughout the year so that you’ll be ready for your first to go off without a hitch. If, however, you’ve already been through a survey and had findings of deficiency, a consultant can help there, too. Consultants can help prepare Plans of Correction and help you satisfy Additional Development Requests so that your home healthcare agency can take the necessary steps for correction.
These Plans of Correction and Additional Development Requests are written by experts in the field, so you can be certain all required components will be addressed.
As you can see, working with a consultant may be the best decision you ever make for your home healthcare agency. Forte can help you with all these things and more! Reach out any time and we’ll be there to help you grow.