John Olajide is founder and CEO of Axxess, a training, technology support, and consulting services company that works with home healthcare agencies. In this role he is responsible for charting the strategic vision and direction of the company. Prior to founding Axxess in 2007, John was an independent consultant for home health agencies.

Major Change Now Imminent For Providers: Are You Ready For ICD-10?

On October 1, the transition to ICD-10 medical coding takes effect for all U.S. healthcare providers subject to HIPAA regulations. This is one of the most extensive changes in the healthcare industry in the last few decades. And it will affect every aspect of a provider’s business, from proper diagnoses to productivity to Medicare reimbursements. Full Story

Adapting To Healthcare’s New Payment Models: Value Versus Volume

While these programs have been rolling out over the last several years, HHS is stepping up the implementation. Last week, the feds announced measurable goals and a timeline to transition Medicare, and the overall healthcare system to paying providers based on performance. And improving technology and communication will play a critical role in the success of these models. Full Story

Dispatch From D.C.: An Increased Focus On Home And Palliative Care

In September, Axxess, along with the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and others, sponsored and participated in a workshop forum with the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council on the current state of home-based services that address aging, disability, and independence. CEO John Olajide wrote about the event and how it could help lower the cost of healthcare. Full Story

Mobile Apps: The New Era In Home Healthcare

A recent briefing published in the journal Health Affairs, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, predicts that the number of mobile health apps will increase by a rate of 25 percent a year for the foreseeable future. As mobile apps begin bridging the gap between clinician and patient, patients are receiving better and faster care. Full Story

The Reality of the ICD-10 Coding System

This year, an important transition is taking place. As hospitals move from the ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014, the way medical diagnoses and procedures are documented in a patient’s electronic medical record (EMR), and coded for billing purposes, is becoming more specific. Full Story

Despite Regulatory Challenges, Home Health Is Rising to the Occasion

I recently attended the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice’s 44th Annual conference and exposition, held in Dallas. Themed “Moving Forward Together,” the annual conference brought together members large and small of the home care and hospice industry. With more than 500 attendees, it was exciting to hear directly from some of home care’s finest about delivering quality and compassionate care to patients in the privacy of their homes. The home care industry is important to Texas. According to the Alliance for Home Care Quality and Innovation, the total impact of the Texas home care industry on labor income,… Full Story

Healthcare Technology—Making Teamwork Work

In my last blog post, I talked about how technology and the need to curb rising healthcare costs are creating unprecedented opportunities to explore new models of care delivery in patients’ homes. Today, I will share an example of how technology is disrupting traditional healthcare delivery models and facilitating full-team communication and collaboration that leads to improved patient outcomes. Just last month, I had an opportunity to learn about a novel ‘acute-care-at-home’ model. As part of the model, emergency room or clinic patients being admitted to the hospital, and who meet carefully researched clinical criteria, are offered the option of… Full Story

The Future of Healthcare Delivery is in the Home

Rapid advances in healthcare technology and the economics of healthcare delivery are creating unprecedented opportunities for more healthcare services to be delivered in the comfort of patients’ homes. And not a moment too soon, because all studies point to growing pressures on our healthcare system as Baby Boomers age. Home care is an essential—and historically under appreciated piece of the healthcare puzzle. This segment includes medical professionals like physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists, as well as medical social services providers and skilled home health aides. As the healthcare community is coming to understand, not only does home healthcare… Full Story