HEALTHCAREfirst and Simione Healthcare Consultants Celebrate Four-Year Partnership

2018-03-28T02:14:24+07:00July 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+07:00March 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

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

2018-04-11T21:28:49+07:00February 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+07:00February 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

Possible Home Health Grouper Issues Discovered

2017-05-23T15:48:47+07:00September 25, 2015|News|

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’

ICD-10 Implementation Preparations: 30 Days Left!

2018-03-17T01:51:38+07:00August 31, 2015|News|

Is Your Home Health or Hospice Ready? October 1st is now only 30 days away and all providers should have either completed their ICD-10 implementation preparations or should be well under way. CMS recently conducted its final Medicare FFS ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Week in July and has reported that testing was successful. The testing week

CMS Extends SignUp Period for ICD-10 End to End Testing

2017-10-07T03:26:38+07:00May 11, 2015|News|

Home Health & Hospice Agencies Encouraged to Volunteer. CMS sent the following notification out to Home Health and Hospice providers on May 8, 2015 regarding an extension to signing up for ICD-10 End-to-End testing. HEALTHCAREfirst is sharing for providers to be aware: Final Opportunity to Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing in July — Forms Accepted

ICD-10 Delay – Advice for Hospices

2018-04-04T00:55:42+07:00April 30, 2014|Archive, News|

ICD-10 Delayed. What Hospices Should Do Everyone was counting down until October, 2014.  The US healthcare community had been steadily preparing - although perhaps not without some grumbling and complaining along the way –for the implementation of ICD-10.  ICD-10 ­would happen on time on October 1 we were told – we would not experience another

Healthcare Rule Making Process Intent to Postpone ICD-10 Date

2018-04-11T20:58:07+07:00February 16, 2012|Archive, News|

Process Intent to Postpone ICD-10 Date: Compliance Date Delayed. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on February 16, 2012, that the HHS intends to postpone ICD-10 date. The compliance deadline presently stands at October 1, 2013 (which is already a two-year delay from the original date outlined in the January