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 for an agency,Continue Reading
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 managing revenue through outsourced billing,Continue Reading
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 health coding errors.Continue Reading
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 partner:
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Coding mistakes often result in denials,
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 may not consult resources such as home health care software or reference books for help.
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 can put patients before paperwork.Continue Reading
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 and Hospice providers (PPS) should utilize code G0008 on claim submission for Influenza Virus vaccines.Continue Reading
Hospice management is no simple task. It involves many processes aimed at streamlining workflow, effectively managing employees, accurately and securely completing paperwork, all while providing patients with the highest quality of care. With so many elements involved, it can be easy for hospice agencies to become overwhelmed. But with hospice management solutions from HEALTHCAREfirst,Continue Reading
In the healthcare industry, the “revenue cycle” refers to the process by which providers get paid for the work they do. Managing this process includes keeping track of claims at every stage, making sure payments are collected, and addressing denied claims. Healthcare revenue cycle management (RCM) helps to make this process more efficient by decreasing the length of the billing cycle and reducing delays.Continue Reading
Certain Diagnosis Codes Affected.
HEALTHCAREfirst would like to make home health agencies aware of an issue that was included in an article posted by the National Association of Homecare and Hospice (NAHC).
NAHC reported back in an August 21st article that, “Clarification has been issued that would require home health agencies to indicate an ‘A’ (initial encounter) in the 7th character for some ICD-10 codes.