VBPHH Model: Value Based Purchasing Proposed for Home Health

HEALTHCAREfirst to Host Webinar.
CMS issued its annual proposal to adjust home health PPS rates in the Federal Register on July 10, 2015. In addition to revisions to the home health PPS case-mix weights and reductions to the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rate, CMS announced its plans to introduce a Home Health VBPHH model (Value-Based Purchasing).

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Home Health CoP Webinar Q&A

Recently, HEALTHCAREfirst partnered with Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA for a webinar entitled, “Home Health Conditions of Participation: What You Need to Know.” The webinar was very well attended and many questions were asked throughout the presentation. We have compiled the questions from the webinar in a Q&A document for your convenience.

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Free Webinar: 2014 Regulatory Update for Hospice

2014 Regulatory Update: What’s on the Hospice Regulatory Horizon.
Click here to get today’s webinar handout on the 2014 Regulatory Update.
Please join Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance for HEALTHCAREfirst as she reviews the latest information regarding the Hospice 2014 regulatory update and how it could affect you.

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2014 PPS Final Rule: Home Health Regulatory Review Webinar Recording and Q&A

2014 PPS Final Rule for Home Health.
Many thanks to those who attended Tuesday’s webinar regarding 2014 PPS Final Rule regulatory changes for the home health industry.
Presented by Director of Regulatory Compliance, Deanna Loftus, the webinar reviewed the final rule and what it might mean for home health.  Topics included: review of the 2014 PPS final rule and payment update,

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2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar Handout Available

2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar: Final Rule News
View Today’s 2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar Handout Here
Please join us today for the 2014 Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar detailing the recently released final rule as well as other important upcoming changes for Hospice agencies.
Topics will include:

Final rule including quality reporting, rates, Hospice item set and diagnosis coding clarifications
Proposed Hospice cost report changes
Additional data reporting for Hospice claims
Hospice RAC audits
Widespread Hospice CGS edits
IDC-10 update

This free webinar will be held today,

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Hospice PEPPER Training Recordings Now Available

How You Can Benefit From Hospice PEPPER Training!
For those that were not able to attend the free Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) training webinars, they are now available on the PEPPER resources website.

The first training session reviews the new PEPPER for Hospices, including the history and background of PEPPER as well as a description of the areas at risk for improper Medicare payments.

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Free Webinar! Optimizing Clinical Outcomes & Maximizing Billing Reimbursement

Optimizing Clinical Outcomes: Overcoming Home Health Billing Process Challenges.
Clinical mishaps can affect your billing processes and inhibit cash flow.  Please join us for a discussion about Optimizing Clinical Outcomes and how to overcome these challenges including:

How to prevent clinical mishaps
Importance of analytic data
Tracking receivables and outcomes at the agency level
Comparing your data with national averages
Tools for monitoring your data,

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Hospice Trends and Statistics Webinar

We recently completed a FREE Webinar called “Hospice Trends and Statistics.”  It was a brief overview of the most recently reported statistics and hospice trends associated with the hospice care industry.  If you happened to miss this informative event you can attend future webinars by signing up to subscribe to our blog.
HEALTHCAREfirst will be offering more webinars for the hospice care industry and we are looking forward to meeting with many of you again.

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