Hospice

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

HEALTHCAREfirst Announces Interface with Hospice Pharmacy Solutions

2018-10-06T00:56:56+00:00September 6, 2018|Archive, Press Release|

Springfield, Mo. – September 6, 2018 – HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys, and advanced analytics, announced a new relationship with Hospice Pharmacy Solutions, a leading provider of hospice pharmacy services that help hospices control costs, improve efficiencies, and gain meaningful insights surrounding pharmacy utilization. The companies

FY2019 Hospice Final Rule Published

2018-09-24T19:45:10+00:00August 3, 2018|News|

On August 1, 2018, CMS issued the FY2019 Hospice Final Rule for Medicare hospice agencies. The final rule includes changes to the hospice payment rates as well as updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). Burden Reduction CMS will no longer display the seven component measures from which a composite measure is calculated on

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

3 Tips for Hospice Quality Performance Improvement

2018-07-03T19:16:19+00:00June 7, 2018|News|

With increased transparency to the public eye, agencies have an even greater incentive for hospice quality performance improvement, as well as an opportunity to shine in a competitive market. Here are three essential tips that you can use for hospice quality performance improvement. 1. Utilize Any & All Available Hospice Quality Performance Improvement Reporting Data It

FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule: What You Need to Know

2018-05-11T19:30:13+00:00May 11, 2018|News|

On April 27, 2018 CMS released the FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule. The rule includes a proposed increase in hospice reimbursements as well as changes to the Hospital Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), although no new measures are proposed. Highlights of the FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule include: Payment Update CMS is proposing a 1.8% increase in reimbursements to

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