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

2017-12-19T02:19:27+00:00October 5, 2017|News|

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

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

Outsourcing Coding Services to Avoid Home Health Coding Errors

2018-03-29T02:37:58+00:00March 13, 2017|News|

Home health coding is important in identifying and translating health care providers’ documentation, applying the correct industry code, and formulating and submitting a clean, accurate claim. Home health agencies considering whether to keep those services in-house or to partner with a home health coding company them should consider the advantages of saved time and fewer home

5 Benefits of a Hospice Coding Partner

2017-12-19T03:07:07+00:00February 28, 2017|News|

Between hospice coding changes, the sheer volume of codes to choose from, and unplanned employee absences, hospice coding can take significant time, often resulting in a backlog. Partnering with a hospice coding services company can help your agency ensure accuracy and turn claims around quickly. Here are some benefits of working with a hospice coding

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

2018-06-05T22:44:55+00:00February 27, 2017|News|

Your home health agency relies upon accurate, efficient coding for every service you provide. It’s more important than ever to maximize productivity for your coding processes and ensure your coders are at their best by avoiding these common mistakes. 1. Failing to Use Resources After a short time, coders begin to memorize basic codes and

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

Are You Using the Correct Influenza Vaccine HCPCS Code?

2017-12-19T03:16:28+00:00February 9, 2017|News|

Home health and hospice providers should verify with their clinical and billing staff that they are using the correct influenza vaccine HCPCS code when submitting claims for the administration of the influenza virus vaccine. The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have begun notifying providers of incorrect usage since they have received claims with hospital-specific codes. Home Health