As the post-acute care environment becomes increasingly more competitive, solidifying new referral source partnerships and strengthening existing partnerships is a vital aspect of any organization’s success. This Home Health & Hospice Referral Generation Action Plan offers five key steps to identify high-value referral partners and strategically target business development efforts so post-acute care providers can dramatically increase home health and hospice referrals in record time.
Home Health Care Software FAQ: Home Health, in its simplest definition, is care provided to individuals at home rather than in a hospital, inpatient unit or physician’s office. The care provided typically consists of part time or intermittent skilled care which may include nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Additional services such as those of a medical social worker or Home Health Aide may be provided.
Medicare continues to reduce payments, forcing home health and hospice agencies to look for other ways to maintain revenue and profits. One alternative source of revenue to consider is commercial payers. To be successful when working with commercial (private insurance) payers your agency will need to be organized and well prepared. Here are some recommendations to help you get started.
Are you getting the most out of your HHCAHPS investment? Partnering with the right HHCAHPS vendor is critical to HHCAHPS score improvement. If you are dissatisfied with your current vendor, consider switching.
You’ve selected new home care software whether it be home health software and/or hospice software. Now what? The next step in the process is Implementing Home Care Software. This is an area where there are many agencies that excel, and others that feel completely overwhelmed.
It is important to choose a home health software vendor who is right for your business. The software you select should help your agency streamline operations, accelerate reimbursement and improve patient outcomes.
In recent years, the Medicare home health program has grown quickly, both in cost and the number of patients served. In 2009, 3.3 million Medicare beneficiaries received Medicare home health services, resulting in $18.9 billion in Medicare payments.
Corresponding to an aging population and an increase in the incidence of chronic health conditions, more than 3.4 million people currently receive Medicare skilled home health care services. With home health care service utilization on the rise, Medicare home health care spending has nearly doubled from 9.7 billion in 2001 to 18.3 billion in 2012.1 Additionally, home health agency growth has soared while profit margins have declined.
It was quite beneficial to have the same project manager and trainer at First Choice Home Health throughout the whole process because every agency is unique. We’re not a very large agency in a rural area in Montana. Sometimes you feel like you’re not as important as a huge agency in an urban area.
Home Health Conditions of Participation FAQ: In January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) final rule in the Federal Register. The CoPs are the minimum health and safety standards that a home health agency must meet in order to participate in Medicare and/or Medicaid programs.