CMS Releases Draft OASIS-C2 for Home Health

New Version Contains New Standardized Items. OASIS-C2 is scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2017, to comply with requirements for standardized, cross-setting measures for post-acute care under the IMPACT Act of 2014. The Act requires CMS to develop standardized assessment data and quality measures across the post-acute care settings that include inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), […]

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January 5, 2016

Upcoming Webinars for Home Health & Hospice Agencies

Include Home Health Regulatory Update and Hospice CAHPS Sessions. HEALTHCAREfirst will be hosting a number of home health and hospice webinars this week. These webinars are free of charge, but you must register in advance to attend. Stay tuned for even more webinars in the next couple of months! Hospice CAHPS Analysis for Performance Improvement […]

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December 7, 2015

Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies. On November 3, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Federal Register notice that would revise Conditions of Participation (CoP) related to discharge planning requirements that Hospitals, including Long-Term Care Hospitals and […]

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December 2, 2015

HEALTHCAREfirst Wraps Up Exciting Week at NAHC

Annual Meeting Offered Opportunity to Meet Home Health & Hospice Agencies. Last week, HEALTHCAREfirst and Deyta had the privilege of exhibiting at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN. We really enjoyed connecting with our customers, as well as talking with home health and hospice agencies from around the country. Here are some of the […]

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November 6, 2015

CMS Clarifies Effective Date of New G Codes

Home Health & Hospice Providers Should Update Software Settings. Last week we posted a blog Updated RN and LPN G codes for Home Health and Hospice. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has now released clarification that the effective date for the G Codes implemented to distinguish between RNs and LPNs applies to dates […]

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October 27, 2015

Updated RN and LPN G codes for Home Health and Hospice

Providers Should Prepare for Setting Changes. Late last week CMS posted change request (CR) 9369  to split out the G codes for RNs and LPNs. The current G code for RN and LPN is G0154. The new G codes for dates of service on or after January 1, 2016 are as follows: RN – G0299 […]

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October 21, 2015

The Importance of Mobile Accessibility for Home Care

Benefits of a Home Health Mobile Solution. The challenges that home health providers face these days are immense and there are many competing priorities. Utilizing a mobile solution for your software application in the field has many advantages for your agency, your clinicians, and your patients. Following are some of the key features to look […]

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October 12, 2015

Introducing the New HEALTHCAREfirst Mobile Solution

Increase Productivity and Minimize Home Health Audit Risks. HEALTHCAREfirst has just announced the official launch of the most advanced mobile solution for tablets currently available to the home health industry. “This mobile solution has been developed with the day of the clinician, and the night of the Administrator, in mind. It’s fast and easy for […]

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October 1, 2015