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Archive Yearly Archives: 2011

Hospice Blog Series Part 4 | Quality Data Reporting

Hospice Quality Data Reporting Timeline. Quality Data Reporting: The final blog in our CMS 1355-F blog series. In my humble opinion, this is the one that will have the most significant impact on hospice agencies in the coming years. What is the Quality Data reporting program? CMS, NHPCO, NAHC and many other organizations have all […]

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December 29, 2011

Hospice Blog Series Part 3 | Face-to-Face Encounters

Hospice F2F Update. One year into face-to-face encounters, and while we all have a better understanding of the requirements, the effort and pardon me, but downright drama it can take to get them completed is still more than I think we’d all like. As you know as of 1/1/11 CMS implemented a requirement that necessitated […]

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December 27, 2011

Hospice Series Part 2 | Hospice Cap: Streamlined or Patient by Patient?

Two Methods for Calculating Medicare Hospice Cap. There are now two methods for calculating the Medicare Hospice Cap: Patient-by-Patient and Streamlined Methodology.  I’ve read through the regulations multiple times; read through industry publications as well and I’m curious as to which direction agencies will choose to go in 2012. We talked about the differences between […]

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December 23, 2011

Hospice Series Part 1 | BNAF Reductions Continue

Rural Hospices May Be Affected Most. You know the old saying, “What goes up, must come down?” It seems we are seeing this more and more in the healthcare market space. Alas, our costs of operating agencies haven’t decreased significantly, but the chisel is out and reimbursements are being chipped away. In 1983, when the […]

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December 21, 2011

Hospice: CMS 1355-F Blog Series

Hospice Regulatory Update. I hope you all had an opportunity to participate in the webinar on December 13th with HEALTHCAREfirst’s Director of Regulatory Compliance, Deanna Loftus.  If you did, fantastic! During the webinar Deanna gave me an opportunity to chat for a moment about the Hospice blog. I had mentioned that we’d be posting a […]

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December 20, 2011

Free PPS Grouper for Home Health

Allows Home Health Agencies to Calculate Anticipated Payments. For the 12th consecutive year, we are pleased to continue to offer the industry’s very first PPS grouper tool, available online at We know there are many of you who are looking at the upcoming rate changes and need to know how they impact your agency. […]

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December 16, 2011

Thanks To All Our Home Care & Hospice Customers

Message from HEALTHCAREfirst CEO & President. At the end of each year, I reflect on many things both business and personal. This would include reflections on things that were accomplished, things that weren’t accomplished, relationships, opportunities and more. While doing this recently, I started reflecting on the things that I am most grateful for. Outside […]

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December 15, 2011

Hospice: Grieving During the Holidays

Helping Loved Ones Through Difficult Times. Here at HEALTHCAREfirst we understand the joy and sadness the holidays can bring to the Hospice community. As the holidays approach we all get swept into the hustle and bustle of things we need to get done, food we need to buy and prep along with a host of […]

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December 14, 2011

Webinar: Preparing for 2012: Is Your Hospice Ready?

Regulatory Update for Hospice. Hospice agencies can Click here for a copy of the handout for today’s Free Hospice Webinar, “Preparing for 2012: Is Your Hospice Ready?” Today, we will be presenting a free webinar for hospices titled, “Preparing for 2012: Is Your Hospice Ready?”  We will be summarizing the changes that will affect hospice […]

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December 13, 2011

Hospice Webinar: CMS 1355F…Are You Ready?

Hospice Regulatory Review. It’s been a few months since CMS released the regulatory changes and as I’m sure you would agree, it was a real page turner! On Tuesday December 13th, at 2pm, Deanna Loftus, HEALTHCAREfirst Director of Regulatory Compliance, will be hosting a Hospice webinar on the changes. It’s a free webinar that’s open […]

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December 12, 2011
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