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How Does Your Home Health Quality Compare? Find Out!

With increased competition and the transition to value-based care, home health agencies have an even greater incentive for home health quality performance improvement, as well as an opportunity to stand out from the competition.
How does your home health agency compare to national averages?
Download our home health quality worksheet to compare your performance against the most recent quality data found on Home Health Compare to identify where you are succeeding and where you might need to improve. […]

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Top Medicare Home Health Claim Denials and How to Prevent Them

Home health claim denials can cause a number of problems for agencies of any size, with cash flow being the biggest concern. Home health agencies should have plans in place to avoid denials, as well as plans on how to handle them when they occur. By having advance knowledge of the potential red flags that may come up at your agency, […]

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Mobile EHR Technology Vital as Home Health Agencies Face Pressure to Innovate

Home health care agencies are in a rare position to drive care innovation through emerging technologies that solve many longstanding process gaps in the industry. The days of needing to handle paper forms out in the field, get them back to the office, and manually distribute them out to stakeholders are disappearing as mobile EHR tools provide easy data access across operational boundaries. […]

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Medicare Home Health Fraud: Enough Mistakes Can Add Up

Home health regulatory requirements create a variety of documentation and management challenges that home health agencies must be prepared to address. In particular, emerging regulatory changes surrounding Medicare home health fraud are pressuring agencies to keep an especially close watch over every facet of operations.
According to a CMS Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) report released last year, […]

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Billing 101: 7 Tips to Reduce Home Health Billing Errors

It’s important to know what is going on at your home health agency at all times, especially when it comes to the business and finance issues. Home Health billing errors can cost your agency a significant amount in penalties and fees. Luckily, we’ve outlined several ways for you to stay on top of those errors and avoid problems. […]

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Home Health Fraud Prevention: HEALTHCAREfirst White Paper Released

We are pleased to announce the release of a new white paper that takes a look at the current home health regulatory environment and the efforts to crack down on home health fraud by the federal government.
The white paper, “Home Health Regulatory Pressures Rising as Government Ramps Up Fraud Prevention” discusses the environment beneath regulatory pressures including the risks of fraudulent activities, […]

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Home Health Documentation: Expert Tips for Success

Comprehensive home health documentation is necessary to ensure both quality patient care and proper reimbursement. Stronger focus on investigating what CMS deems as fraudulent activity combined with efforts to ensure more accurate reimbursement means that home health agencies must take steps to ensure documentation integrity. Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN, President of Marrelli and Associates and author of The Handbook of Home Health Standards offers some great information about the importance of home health documentation and problems to avoid. […]

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Hospice Quality: 3 Tips for Performance Improvement

With increased transparency to the public eye, hospices have an even greater incentive for performance improvement, as well as an opportunity to shine in a competitive market. Here are three essential tips that you can use for hospice quality performance improvement.
Utilize Any & All Available Hospice Quality Reporting Data
It is essential for hospices to really understand the data that is available to them, […]

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Home Health & Hospice Security Risk

Recently there has been a lot of talk about cyberattacks on healthcare organizations around the world. While attacks like this are uncommon, it reminds us that maintaining security of devices, systems, and networks is of utmost importance to reduce your home health & hospice security risk.
Here are five tips to follow to reduce your security risk and keep your sensitive data secure:

Conduct a risk analysis: The HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities to maintain reasonable and appropriate administrative, […]

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