home health

Driving Clinical Peak Performance in Home Health & Hospice

2018-10-19T20:00:54+00:00October 19, 2018|News|

Clinical peak performance is vital to home health & hospice success. As Medicare continues to shift from rewarding volume to rewarding value, it's nearly impossible to get ahead without proving value through clinical excellence. Here are three ways to achieve clinical peak performance: Patient-Centered Care First, it's important to practice patient-centered care. The Institute of Medicine

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

CMS Proposes to Reform Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Requirements

2018-10-08T19:32:47+00:00September 27, 2018|News|

On September 17th, CMS held a public event to share its proposal to reform several home health and hospice regulatory requirements. The proposal includes changes to current home health and hospice regulatory requirements, Conditions of Participation (CoPs), and Conditions for Coverage. According to CMS, this will “simplify and streamline the current regulations and thereby increase provider

Avoid These Barriers to Home Health and Hospice Success

2018-09-21T19:03:44+00:00September 21, 2018|News|

Many agencies face the same common barriers to home health and hospice success. But you may only be a few changes away from overcoming these barriers. Here are five common barriers, and how you can avoid them. Poor Use of Resources Even the best home health and hospice agencies can run into trouble if they

Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Agencies

2018-09-27T16:25:51+00:00August 31, 2018|News|

Since the pause of the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration in April 2017, CMS has been working to develop an alternative called the Review Choice Demonstration. It states that this new demonstration will, "offer more flexibility and choice for providers, as well as risk-based changes to reward providers who show compliance with Medicare home health policies." Participation is

Home Health Analytics: Three Ways They Pay Off

2018-07-11T21:34:08+00:00July 11, 2018|News|

Data is emerging as a critical component of operational success across a wide range of industries, and home health care isn't exempt from this movement. A CIO magazine report said that the health care industry as a whole is in the middle of a movement to embrace the prospect of gleaning new insights from the large quantities of

Hospital Readmission Reduction: Four Tips for Home Health Agencies

2018-04-27T19:19:44+00:00April 27, 2018|News|

Hospital readmission reduction is a hot topic in healthcare these days. Studies show that nearly 20% of Medicare recipients discharged from a hospital were readmitted within 30 days, with 34% readmitted within 90 days. MedPAC has estimated that 12% of readmissions are avoidable, and preventing even a small portion of these readmissions could save Medicare

HEALTHCAREfirst Announces Partnership with Forcura to Improve Document Management

2018-10-08T20:45:06+00:00March 6, 2018|Press Release|

Springfield, Mo. – March 6, 2018 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys, and advanced analytics, announced a partnership with Forcura, the industry leader in document workflow management for home health and hospice. Through this partnership, HEALTHCAREfirst will integrate Forcura solutions into its comprehensive EHR systems, firstHOSPICE

Home Health CoPs Resource Hub

2018-09-01T00:36:48+00:00February 16, 2018|Home Health|

The new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) are here! In order to be successful, home health agencies should be prepared. You should identify elements of the revised Home Health CoPs that will require action by your home health agency. You may need to address job descriptions, qualifications, and duties, as well as create or amend

Five Tips for a Successful Home Health or Hospice EHR Implementation

2018-02-02T03:48:15+00:00January 23, 2018|News|

Does the thought of a home health or hospice EHR implementation sound daunting? If you said yes, you’re not alone. Sometimes, home health and hospice agencies identify imperfections in their systems and processes that lead them to explore the idea of making an EHR software change. Sometimes agencies are stuck in a sub-optimized infrastructure, not