Hospice

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

Hospice Documentation: Cloning and Checkboxes Just Won’t Cut It

2018-02-09T20:41:48+00:00February 9, 2018|News|

Hospice documentation makes up the clinical record of a patient receiving hospice services. CMS is looking for documentation that is complete, thorough, and patient-specific. As a result, hospices that have long relied on cloning and “checkbox charting” methods are facing the reality of adopting new documentation methods that satisfy regulatory requirements and enhance patient care

RAISE Family Caregivers Act Signed Into Law

2018-10-25T22:37:31+00:00February 2, 2018|News|

On January 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act, also known as the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. This law directs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and maintain a national strategy to recognize and support the more than

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

How to Choose the Right Home Healthcare and Hospice Software Partner

2018-08-10T00:09:50+00:00January 4, 2018|News|

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

Streamlined Hospice EHRs Help Emphasize Patient Care

2018-01-10T03:58:41+00:00November 18, 2017|News|

Taking care of hospice patients presents challenges that agencies must be prepared to overcome. The focus should be on providing care and being present for patients, but care teams often find it difficult to balance this with documenting the care that they provide at the point of care. Hospice EHRs that feature complex, demanding interfaces

HEALTHCAREfirst Announces Release of Hospice CAREpliance™ Technology

2018-02-02T22:44:01+00:00November 14, 2017|Press Release|

Springfield, Mo. – November 15, 2017 – HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics, announces its game changing Hospice CAREpliance Technology. Released earlier this year for home health, CAREpliance comes at a time of pronounced regulatory change and increased scrutiny, promising to strengthen clinical documentation and create charts that

Clinical Time Management Strategies

2017-12-19T02:04:23+00:00November 14, 2017|Home Health, Hospice Care|

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