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Celebrating National Home Care and Hospice Month

In honor of National Home Care and Hospice Month, all of us at HEALTHCAREfirst would like to recognize the millions of nurses, social workers, therapists, aides and others who tirelessly care for patients in their homes each and every day. We would like to say THANK YOU and consider it a privilege to work alongside you.

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5 Key Steps for Developing a Successful Home Health & Hospice Growth Strategy

Business growth strategy is defined as the means by which you set out to achieve your desired goals and objectives. In addition, it offers a framework for how you sustain your financial and competitive positioning. Profitable home health and hospice agencies have clearly defined business strategies and know how to utilize available tools to ensure success.

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We’re Back! NAHC and NHPCO Conference Recap

October was a busy month for HEALTHCAREfirst!
Our team traveled to Florida for the NAHC Annual Meeting in Orlando and NHPCO’s The Intensives in Hollywood. We had a great time catching up with our customers, meeting new friends, and showing off what we have been up to.
Congratulations to Michelle Prada of Transition Home Healthcare and Jennifer Indula-Allen of Hospice of the Central Coast!

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2017 Home Health Final Rule Published

CMS released the CY2017 Home Health Final Rule on October 31, 2016. The payment rate portion of the rule is consistent with the proposed rule, with only minor modifications, resulting in a slight rate reduction from 2016 rates.
Some important items to note include:
Outlier Calculations
HHAs who have a high volume of outlier visits may see a decrease in their payment amount due to the methodology change for calculation of outlier payments.

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Announcing the 2016 HHCAHPS Honors Recipients

HEALTHCAREfirst recently announced the recipients of the 2016 HHCAHPS Honors, a prominent program recognizing home health agencies that provide the highest level of quality as measured from the patient’s point of view. The official list of recipients was unveiled last week at the Welcome Reception of the NAHC Annual Meeting in Orlando,

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NAHC to File Pre-Claim Review Lawsuit Against CMS

Update: On March 31, 2017, CMS announced that as of April 1, 2017, the Pre-Claim Review demonstration will be suspended for at least 30 days in Illinois. The demonstration will not expand to Florida on April 1, 2017.  CMS will notify providers at least 30 days in advance via an update to their website of further developments related to the demonstration. 

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Discover the “Suite Life” at NAHC and NHPCO

Our Solution Suite has revolutionized how Home Health and Hospice agencies manage their businesses. By leveraging first-in-class software and services, you will experience elevated success across your organization.
Stop by the HEALTHCAREfirst booth 733 at the NAHC Annual Meeting and booth 209 at NHPCO’s The Intensives to find out how our Home Health and Hospice Solution Suites are transforming agencies by:

Improving your profit margin by minimizing costs and maximizing reimbursement.

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HEALTHCAREfirst Releases Home Health White Paper

We are pleased to announce the release of a new white paper that takes a look at the current state of the home health industry and proposes new solutions for success.
The white paper, “The Future of Home Health: A New Approach to Success,” was developed to identify the challenges faced by home health agencies now and in the future,

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Pre-Claim Review Demonstration Update

Update: On March 31, 2017, CMS announced that as of April 1, 2017, the Pre-Claim Review demonstration will be suspended for at least 30 days in Illinois. The demonstration will not expand to Florida on April 1, 2017. CMS will notify providers at least 30 days in advance via an update to their website of further developments related to the demonstration.

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ICD-10-CM Updates for Home Health and Hospice

FY2017 ICD-10-CM Code Updates Coming Soon
More than 3,000 changes and modifications in tabular instructions will be effective October 1, 2016.  These changes will include 1,974 new codes, 311 deleted codes, and 425 revised codes.
The areas that show the greatest impact are:

Chapter 4 (Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases) new codes for reporting manifestations
Chapter 13 (Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue) new codes to include bunions and cervical spine disorders
Chapter 19 (Injury,

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