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FY2020 Hospice Proposed Rule Released by CMS

2019-05-17T21:02:51+07:00May 17, 2019|News|

On April 19, 2019, CMS issued the FY2020 Hospice Proposed Rule. The following is a brief summary of the rule and what it could mean to hospice agencies. FY2020 Hospice Proposed Rule In this rule, CMS proposes to rebase the FY2020 per diem payment rates for Continuous Home Care (CHC), Inpatient Respite Care (IRC), and

How to Increase Your Hospice CAHPS Survey Response Rate

2019-05-03T22:16:33+07:00May 1, 2019|News|

Focusing on techniques to improve your Hospice CAHPS survey response rate is important for accurate survey data that enables you to compare your results with other providers in your area and target efforts on continuous improvement. How many responses do you need? CMS requires at least 30 complete surveys during an eight-quarter reporting period for

Medical Billing Outsourcing for Home Health and Hospice: A Growing Trend

2019-04-03T02:39:19+07:00April 3, 2019|News|

In today’s challenging environment, many providers are looking for smart ways to realize cost efficiencies, reduce spending, and address value-based care initiatives. They are also looking for opportunities to work with industry experts who can help them succeed while they focus on patient care. One way agencies can address these issues is through medical billing

Home Health Care Billing Best Practices

2019-04-10T23:08:21+07:00March 20, 2019|Archive, News|

Home health care billing processes are becoming increasingly more complicated. And with the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) looming, it's only going to get more intricate. Implementing home health care billing best practices in your office will provide the framework for success so you can be sure you’re getting paid quickly and accurately. An efficient billing

Provisional Period of Enhanced Oversight for New Home Health Providers

2019-03-14T18:58:25+07:00March 14, 2019|News|

On February 15, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that effective immediately, all new home health providers will be placed in a provisional period of enhanced oversight. Provisional Period of Enhanced Oversight The provisional period of enhanced oversight means that new home health providers won’t receive Request for Anticipated Payments (RAP)

5 Benefits of Working With Remote Home Health Coding Companies

2019-04-10T22:50:39+07:00March 10, 2019|News|

Between the growing number of coding changes, the sheer volume of codes to choose from, and unplanned employee absences, your coding can take significant time, often resulting in a backlog. Taking advantage of the expertise offered through remote home health coding companies can help you turn around accurate claims quickly. Here are some benefits of

3 Home Health Care Coding Habits That Can Hurt Your Agency

2019-04-10T22:48:22+07:00March 7, 2019|News|

Your agency relies on accurate, efficient home health care coding for timely, accurate reimbursement. Many agencies suffer from a few common coding issues that can seriously hurt them. And with ICD-10, many coders have found themselves overwhelmed, relying on techniques to ward off productivity problems, often at the expense of accuracy. Here is a list

Improve Bereavement Services Using Survey Feedback

2019-03-01T21:15:20+07:00March 1, 2019|News|

Administering a hospice bereavement program is a requirement by Medicare. However, it’s not a requirement to collect and analyze feedback on your program. But don't think that means you shouldn't do it! The most successful hospices know that it’s something that every agency should do to improve bereavement services and provide the best care possible.

Bereavement Surveys: A Key to Superior Hospice Care

2019-02-22T19:55:12+07:00February 21, 2019|News|

By providing an exceptional bereavement services program, as a hospice, you have an opportunity to further reinforce your mission and strengthen the likelihood that bereaved clients will become advocates of your work within your community. A first step to understanding the impact of your program is to measure and benchmark client engagement and satisfaction. This