Mobile Health reminds home health care and hospice workers they must obtain an annual health assessment by December 31 to remain compliant with New York Department of Health (NY-DOH) requirements.
Last spring, in response to the pandemic, NY-DOH temporarily suspended its annual health assessment requirement for Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHAs), Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSAs), Long-Term Home Health Care Programs (LTHHCPs), and AIDS home care programs and hospices.
However, the agency lifted that suspension last month and instructed workers to obtain an annual health assessment by December 31, 2020.
Don’t Forget Pre-Employment Exams
In that same October announcement, NY-DOH also reminds home health and hospice agencies they must obtain pre-employment health assessments for all new personnel. Mobile Health keeps agencies compliant with state-mandated pre-employment health assessments by providing the following screenings at all New York locations — and in a single appointment:
- Tuberculosis screening
- Documentation of immunity (titers) to measles, rubeola
- Influenza vaccination
- Respirator Fit Test (RFT) for workers donning an N95 respirator for the first time, or switching to a new model of mask. The OSHA-mandated RFT ensures the respirator’s proper fit and adequate seal so it filters out most airborne hazards, including COVID-19.
Auto-Schedule Screenings and Exams
Mobile Health knows how critical compliance with state regulations is to home care agencies. Instead of spending time tracking aides’ annual health assessments and screenings, Mobile Health clients have the advantage of ‘set it and forget it’ Automatic Annual Scheduling. This service provides an efficient, time-saving way of scheduling aides’ annual compliance exams. The agency’s own compliance software (Sandata, HHA eXchange, or PeopleSoft, for example) integrates smoothly with Mobile Health systems, providing a list of the agency’s aides and dates of their last exam.
Mobile Health uses that data to automatically schedule any workers due for annual compliance exams before they go out of compliance.
In a given year, Mobile Health auto-schedules 60,000+ appointments for clients.
Make Mobile Health Your Compliance Partner
Contact us today to learn how our system integration, dedicated Account Managers and rapid results delivered through our secure, HIPAA-compliant Client Portal can enhance your agency’s efficiency and compliance.