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All Posts by Meghan Henry

Five Tips for a Successful Home Health or Hospice EHR Implementation

  Does the thought of implementing a new EHR sound daunting? If you said yes, you’re not alone. Sometimes, home health and hospice agencies identify imperfections in their systems and processes that lead them to explore the idea of making an EHR software change. Sometimes agencies are stuck in a sub-optimized infrastructure, not because of […]

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March 23, 2017

How to Perform a PECOS Lookup to Verify Physician Credentials

What is PECOS? Created by CMS, PECOS stands for Provider, Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System and is a database for physicians who have registered with CMS. The Affordable Care Act requires physicians and other eligible non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to enroll in the Medicare Program to order/refer items or services for Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare will deny claims […]

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March 17, 2017

What is Home Health Compare?

  Home Health Compare is a joint effort between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It provides data on the quality of services provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies mostly through Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data submitted to CMS. OASIS is […]

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March 16, 2017

Home Health Coding Services: Outsourcing to Avoid Errors

Home health coding is important in identifying and translating health care providers’ documentation, applying the correct industry code, and formulating and submitting a clean, accurate claim. Home health agencies considering whether to keep those services in-house or to partner with a home health coding company them should consider the advantages of saved time and fewer coding […]

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March 13, 2017

HEALTHCAREfirst Announces Interface with PDC to Expedite Pharmacy Management for Hospice

  Springfield, Mo. – March 7, 2017 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics, announced its partnership with PDC, an independently owned pharmacy benefit manager built purposefully for hospice, to improve the management of patient prescriptions. This interface provides automatic transfer of demographic data from firstHOSPICE […]

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March 7, 2017

4 Features to Look for in a Home Health Billing Company

  When reviewing a home health billing company for your agency, you should consider which features are most important to you, however there are four essential features that you definitely want to be sure you don’t miss: Accurate billing with fast turnaround: HHAs should choose a billing company that will submit clean, accurate claims quickly, speeding up […]

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March 3, 2017

5 Benefits of a Hospice Coding Partner

  Between hospice coding changes, the sheer volume of codes to choose from, and unplanned employee absences, hospice coding can take significant time, often resulting in a backlog. Partnering with a hospice coding services company can help your agency ensure accuracy and turn claims around quickly. Here are some benefits of working with a hospice […]

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February 28, 2017

3 Coding Habits That Can Hurt Your Home Health Agency

  Your home health agency relies upon accurate, efficient coding for every service you provide. It’s more important than ever to maximize productivity for your coding processes and ensure your coders are at their best by avoiding these common mistakes. 1. Failing to Use Resources After a short time, coders begin to memorize basic codes […]

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February 27, 2017
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