Hospice Solution Suite, Hospice Honors and More! The HEALTHCAREfirst team had a great time at the NHPCO MLC last week. We had the opportunity to meet many of our customers, as well as meet new hospices from around the country.  Some of the highlights of the conference included: Many hospices discovered how our Hospice Solution […]

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April 27, 2016

Attracting High Value Home Health Referrals

The Importance of Demonstrating Quality Patient Care In today’s world, where information is readily available on the Web, business reviews can be accessed more easily than ever before. With the roll-out of the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating and Patient Survey Star Rating on Home Health Compare, patients, physicians, and hospitals can now quickly […]

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April 6, 2016

Value Based Purchasing Information and Important Dates

Home Health Providers Should Be Aware Value Based Purchasing (VBP) is the new payment model, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, to improve health outcomes and value by tying home health payments to quality performance. As of January 1, 2016, all Medicare-certified home health providers (HHP) that provide services in Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, […]

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March 14, 2016

Benefits of a Single Home Care Business Partner

Home Care Agencies Experience Quality Service,  Enhanced Integration, and Reduced Overhead Expenses The home care software and services marketplace is rapidly expanding with more and more vendors offering a wide variety of software and services. The marketplace will continue to attract a steady stream of new vendors looking to capitalize on what they may see as easy money. […]

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February 19, 2016

Home Health Pre-Authorization Project

Feedback is Requested from Home Health Agencies Pre-Authorization for Home Health Services? It’s a possibility! CMS recently proposed a new demonstration project for home health providers in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, and Massachusetts. The project is geared towards helping to assure that payments for home health services are appropriate before the claims are paid, which […]

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February 9, 2016

CMS Finalizes F2F for Medicaid

Home Health Agencies Should Prepare for Compliance CMS recently finalized the face-to-face encounter rule for Medicaid. While the effective date of the ruling is July 1, 2016, states will have until July 1, 2017 or July 1, 2018 to be in compliance. To ensure that states and providers are implementing the rule appropriately, CMS is […]

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February 3, 2016

Problems with New G Codes and Service Intensity Add-On Reported

Home Health & Hospice Providers Could Experience Payment Delays Several of the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have recently announced system issues with the new G codes that were created last fall to replace G0154. The new G codes went into effect for dates of service on or after January 1, 2016. While their creation was […]

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February 1, 2016

F2F Medical Review Warning for Home Health

Probe and Educate Edits for Face-to-Face Encounter Requirements. On November 17, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted an updated notice on its website advising the public of instructions given to its Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) to conduct Probe and Educate edits of home health agencies across the country. The purpose of […]

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January 15, 2016

Kick Off 2016 Right: Setting Winning Sales Goals for Your Team

Free Webinar for Home Health & Hospice Agencies. It’s a new year! That means planning ahead with your organizational and business development efforts to make sure you are able to achieve the most referrals possible. Join us for this educational webinar with our home health and hospice expert, Robin Finkelstein, who will discuss the top […]

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January 11, 2016

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