How to Achieve Peak Financial Performance

2019-02-01T19:48:33+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, while still putting patients first. Define Peak Financial Performance How do you know if you're achieving

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

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

How Hospice Management Solutions Can Make Your Job Easier

2018-06-08T18:37:09+00:00June 7, 2018|News|

Managing a successful hospice agency is no simple task. It involves many processes aimed at streamlining workflow, effectively managing employees, accurately and securely completing paperwork, all while providing patients and their loved ones with the highest quality of care. With so many elements involved, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. However, when you partner

Making Medical Coding a Priority for Your Home Health Agency

2019-02-05T02:31:35+00:00October 5, 2017|News|

Medical coding has emerged as an instrumental part of the home health value chain. As industry regulations surrounding Medicare payouts are increasingly tied to how care is coded, agencies must efficiently and accurately track operations to maximize revenue. Inefficiencies or inaccuracies can lead to regulatory scrutiny, billing challenges, and fiscal troubles for an agency. As

HEALTHCAREfirst and Simione Healthcare Consultants Celebrate Four-Year Partnership

2018-03-28T02:14:24+00:00July 14, 2017|Press Release|

Springfield, Mo. – July 14, 2017 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software and advanced analytics, and Simione Healthcare Consultants, the leader in healthcare consulting and technology, are excited to celebrate four years of collaboration. The partnership offering revenue cycle management for home health and hospice has reached the $1 billion mark in

Reducing Home Health Coding Errors with a Third Party Company

2019-01-26T04:25:26+00:00March 13, 2017|News|

Home Health coding errors can cost your agency thousands of dollars. Trying to juggle a number of responsibilities, coders may develop routine habits and rely on memorized codes rather than assigning more precise codes. This can lead to inaccuracies that result in time and money lost because avoidable errors have to be corrected. Here are some key

5 Benefits of a Home Health & Hospice Coding Service

2019-01-31T21:38:49+00:00February 28, 2017|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. Working with a home health & hospice coding service can help your agency ensure accuracy and turn claims around quickly. Here are some benefits of

Home Healthcare Coding: 3 Coding Habits That Can Hurt Your Agency

2019-02-01T04:40:59+00:00February 27, 2017|News|

Your agency relies upon accurate, efficient home healthcare coding for every service you provide. It’s more important than ever to maximize productivity for your coding processes. Therefore, coders should avoiding these common habits that could hurt your agency. 1. Failing to Use Resources After a short time, coders begin to memorize basic codes. They may

Streamlining Your Home Health Agency’s Workflow is Easier than You Think

2018-04-11T21:28:49+00:00February 16, 2017|News|

Home health care agencies must balance effective patient services with efficient, sound business principles. Trying to maintain all aspects associated with managing a HHA can be overwhelming. However, utilizing software and services developed and supported by people who understand the challenges of running an agency can help you streamline your processes and home health agency workflow so you