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How to Achieve Quality Peak Performance in Home Health and Hospice

2018-11-16T20:04:10+00:00November 16, 2018|News|

Striving for quality peak performance should be a key goal for every home health and hospice agency. CMS has been working on new payment models designed to tie payments to quality and rewarding agencies for efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, as the aging population becomes more web-savvy, they're using the internet to research agencies before making

Opioids Bill: What it Will Mean for Hospices

2018-11-02T19:16:32+00:00November 2, 2018|News|

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, President Trump signed the bipartisan bill, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, to address the opioid epidemic. The opioids bill will increase access to addiction treatment and other interventions. One part of the opioids bill allows hospice workers to destroy patients’ unneeded, expired, or leftover medications. With more than 72,000

How to Achieve Peak Financial Performance

2018-10-26T20:05:57+00:00October 26, 2018|News|

Are you achieving peak financial performance? While you might be surviving and maybe even thriving, there could be opportunity for you to improve. Here are four things that home health and hospice agencies should do to achieve peak financial performance: Define Peak Financial Performance How do you know if you're achieving peak financial performance if you

Driving Clinical Peak Performance in Home Health & Hospice

2018-10-19T20:00:54+00:00October 19, 2018|News|

Clinical peak performance is vital to home health & hospice success. As Medicare continues to shift from rewarding volume to rewarding value, it's nearly impossible to get ahead without proving value through clinical excellence. Here are three ways to achieve clinical peak performance: Patient-Centered Care First, it's important to practice patient-centered care. The Institute of Medicine

Four Ways to Cut Home Health and Hospice Administrative Costs

2018-10-12T01:34:55+00:00October 12, 2018|News|

Administrative costs account for 1/3 of healthcare expenditures in the United States. While this number takes into account many other types of healthcare, home health and hospice administrative costs were included in this often cited and quite comprehensive study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In fact, CMS recently introduced regulatory changes to

CMS Proposes to Reform Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Requirements

2018-10-08T19:32:47+00:00September 27, 2018|News|

On September 17th, CMS held a public event to share its proposal to reform several home health and hospice regulatory requirements. The proposal includes changes to current home health and hospice regulatory requirements, Conditions of Participation (CoPs), and Conditions for Coverage. According to CMS, this will “simplify and streamline the current regulations and thereby increase provider

Avoid These Barriers to Home Health and Hospice Success

2018-09-21T19:03:44+00:00September 21, 2018|News|

Many agencies face the same common barriers to home health and hospice success. But you may only be a few changes away from overcoming these barriers. Here are five common barriers, and how you can avoid them. Poor Use of Resources Even the best home health and hospice agencies can run into trouble if they

Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Agencies

2018-09-27T16:25:51+00:00August 31, 2018|News|

Since the pause of the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration in April 2017, CMS has been working to develop an alternative called the Review Choice Demonstration. It states that this new demonstration will, "offer more flexibility and choice for providers, as well as risk-based changes to reward providers who show compliance with Medicare home health policies." Participation is

FY2019 Hospice Final Rule Published

2018-09-24T19:45:10+00:00August 3, 2018|News|

On August 1, 2018, CMS issued the FY2019 Hospice Final Rule for Medicare hospice agencies. The final rule includes changes to the hospice payment rates as well as updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). Burden Reduction CMS will no longer display the seven component measures from which a composite measure is calculated on

2019 ICD-10-CM Codes Released: What You Need to Know

2018-07-27T18:34:45+00:00July 27, 2018|News|

On June 11, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the FY 2019 ICD-10-CM code changes. There are 473 code changes, including 279 new codes, 143 revised codes, and 51 deactivated codes. These codes are to be used from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. What is included in the 2019