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

Pre-Claim Review Delay in Florida? Maybe… But You Still Want to be Ready

  Update: On March 31, 2017, CMS stated that the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration will not expand to Florida on April 1, 2017 as planned. CMS will notify providers at least 30 days in advance via an update on their website of further developments related to the demonstration. HEALTHCAREfirst will continue to monitor the status and provide […]

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March 15, 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

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

Streamlining Your Home Health Agency’s Workflow is Easier than You Think

Home health care agencies must balance effective patient services with efficient, sound business principles. Trying to maintain all aspects associated with managing a HHA can be overwhelming. However, utilizing software and services developed and supported by people who understand the challenges of running an agency can help you streamline your processes so you can put patients before paperwork. […]

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February 16, 2017

Are You Using the Correct HCPCS Code for the Influenza Vaccine?

Home health and hospice providers should verify with their clinical and billing staff that they are using the correct HCPCS code when submitting claims for the administration of the influenza virus vaccine. The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have begun notifying providers of incorrect usage since they have received claims with hospital-specific codes. Home Health and Hospice […]

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February 9, 2017

Hospice Management Solutions That Make Your Life Easier

Hospice management is no simple task. It involves many processes aimed at streamlining workflow, effectively managing employees, accurately and securely completing paperwork, all while providing patients with the highest quality of care. With so many elements involved, it can be easy for hospice agencies to become overwhelmed. But with hospice management solutions from HEALTHCAREfirst, there […]

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February 6, 2017