Actions to Ensure Home Health Regulatory Compliance

Meet CMS Requirements and Commit to Quality Patient Care
Managing ever changing CMS home health regulatory compliance requirements can be a huge burden on home health agencies. Implementing a comprehensive compliance program not only ensures that you meet CMS requirements, but also establishes your commitment to higher ethical standards and quality patient care.
According to the OIG Compliance Program Guidance for Home Health Agencies,

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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 research and select home health agencies based upon quality of care.

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Benefits of a Single Home Care Business Partner

Home Care Agencies Experience Quality Service,  Enhanced Integration, and Reduced Overhead Expenses
It is important to understand the benefits of a single home care business partner as 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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Surviving Your Home Health Agency Survey: Planning Ahead

Surviving Home Health Agency Survey Planning: Home Health Survey Success
In our previous post we provided a checklist of items to have handy to help you prepare your home health agency survey.  But in addition to the documentation listed there are a number of things you can do with your managers and staff prior to a survey to ensure your survey is a success.,

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Surviving Your Home Health Agency Survey: Documentation

Home Health Survey Tips.
We are often asked by our customers for tips and information on how to handle a home health agency survey. HEALTHCAREfirst Enterprise Product Manager, Janel Manning, RN, BSN shares some valuable information on how you can be ready when that time comes. Following is the first in a series of articles regarding surveys and Home Health Agency Survey Documentation.

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Effective Home Health Revenue Cycle Management

Home Health Revenue Cycle Management
Home Health Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) consists of the steps required in claims processing to ensure you are paid for the services you provide.  A solid RCM process will allow you to achieve lower DSO, lower denial rates and better cash flow.
What are some key elements to good Home Health Revenue Cycle Management?

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It’s Time For Home Health to Confront the Facts

Prepare for the Future of Home Health Now.
There is a chapter in Jim Collins book, “Good to Great” titled, “Confront the Brutal Facts (Yet Never Lose Faith).”  It is very relevant to home care today, and I recommend this reading to any home care leader.
In this chapter, the author cites several companies who did,

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The Value of Social Media for Hospice Agencies

Educate Your Staff About Social Media.
The use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter can be a powerful tool for hospices looking to share ideas, news and build relationships online. Using social media effectively can also increase your online presence, helping your agency show up more frequently in search engines like Google or Yahoo.

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Medicare Comparative Billing Reports

Home Health Business Intelligence Tool is the Perfect Partner.
Recently, you may have received a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) from Medicare.  What are they being used for?  And how should they be interpreted and used by home health agencies?
Who Produces the Medicare Comparative Billing Report?
CMS contracted with two companies to produce these specialized reports: SafeGuard Services,

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