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 millions of dollars.Continue Reading
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,
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 policies,Continue Reading
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,
On November 1, 2017, CMS released the draft Home Health Interpretive Guidelines for the final Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which took effect on January 13, 2018. The draft was released for review and comment to select industry groups. The Home Health Interpretive Guidelines are intended to clarify the CoPs for both providers and surveyors in instances where the regulation may be unclear.Continue Reading
Your EHR is the central nervous system of your agency. Cumbersome processes, lack of real-time information, and a countless amount of paperwork puts your agency at risk for non-compliance and can impact your cash flow as well as the quality of care you provide. Selecting the right home healthcare software features for your business will enable long-term success by ensuring compliance,Continue Reading
Six Ways to Improve Recruitment & Retention
With the average life expectancy continuing to climb, the demand for home health and hospice care continues to increase. This coupled with a national shortage of nurses, many home health and hospice agencies are hard pressed to hire and keep qualified nursing staff. What can you do to meet the challenges presented by growing demand and a limited pool of candidates?
Six Tips for Home Health Infection Prevention & Control
The new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) demand a greater focus on home health infection prevention and control. They state that as a component of an agency’s QAPI program, it must establish, document, and maintain a home health infection prevention & control program with a goal of preventing and controlling communicable diseases.
Clinical Time Management Strategies for Home Health & Hospice
Home health and hospice clinicians have greater responsibilities than ever before. Case loads, care needs, and duties vary from day to day, and often the clinician is the only one responsible for making sure that everything is completed correctly and in a timely manner. Clinicians are expected to complete documentation that is accurate and thorough,
On November 1, 2017, CMS released the 2018 Home Health Final Rule. To the delight of home health agencies, the rule was finalized without the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), which was proposed for roll-out in 2019.
CMS stated, “We are not finalizing the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) in this final rule.