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Hospice Quality: 3 Tips for Performance Improvement

With increased transparency to the public eye, hospices have an even greater incentive for performance improvement, as well as an opportunity to shine in a competitive market. Here are three essential tips that you can use for hospice quality performance improvement.
Utilize Any & All Available Hospice Quality Reporting Data
It is essential for hospices to really understand the data that is available to them,

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Home Health & Hospice Security Risk

Recently there has been a lot of talk about cyberattacks on healthcare organizations around the world. While attacks like this are uncommon, it reminds us that maintaining security of devices, systems, and networks is of utmost importance to reduce your home health & hospice security risk.
Here are five tips to follow to reduce your security risk and keep your sensitive data secure:

Conduct a risk analysis: The HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities to maintain reasonable and appropriate administrative,

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CMS Releases FY2018 Hospice Proposed Rule

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the FY2018 Hospice Proposed Rule. The rule proposes that the overall payments for Hospice providers increase by 1% ($180 Million).
Additionally, the Hospice cap amount for the 2018 cap year would be $28,689.04. In addition to the cap and payment updates, the rule solicits comments regarding the source(s) of clinical information for certifying terminal illness and proposes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program,

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HEALTHCAREfirst’s Deyta Analytics Division Announces 2017 Hospice Honors Recipients

Springfield, Mo. – May 9, 2017 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics, recently announced the fifth annual Hospice Honors recipients. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

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Breaking Down the New Home Health Conditions of Participation: Personnel Qualifications, Emergency Preparedness, Compliance with Regulations, Administration of Services, and Clinical Records

To help you prepare for the new Home Health CoPs, HEALTHCAREfirst has partnered with home health care consultant and regulatory expert, Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, for a series of blog articles regarding the regulatory changes to the Home Health CoPs that will likely require amended policies, procedures, and forms.
In parts one through four of our blog series on the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs),

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EHR Innovation Essential in Achieving Patient Care Gains

EHR innovation has long been heralded as technology that can enable clinical staff members to put a greater emphasis on patient care. While rapid EHR deployment across the health care sector has allowed for considerable technological change, the patient care improvements have been uneven. However, continued advances in data management, integration and communication across the industry can help caregivers drive care gains and maximize the value of EHR initiatives.

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Breaking Down the New Home Health Conditions of Participation: Comprehensive Assessment of Patients, Skilled Professional Services, and Home Health Aide Services

To help you prepare for the new Conditions of Participation, HEALTHCAREfirst has partnered with home health care consultant and regulatory expert, Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, for a series of blog articles regarding the regulatory changes to the CoPs that will likely require amended policies, procedures, and forms.
In part one through three of our blog series on the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs),

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Top 3 Reasons to Visit HEALTHCAREfirst at NHPCO Management & Leadership Conference 2017

HEALTHCAREfirst, powered by Deyta Analytics, offers the largest suite of comprehensive EHR software, revenue cycle management services, and advanced analytics for hospice care. Stop by our booth at NHPCO MLC 2017 to learn how we’re helping agencies maximize revenue, ensure regulatory compliance, and provide exceptional patient care.
Visit the HEALTHCAREfirst Booth #311 at the NHPCO Management &

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