HEALTHCAREfirst and Tina Marrelli Partner to Improve Compliance for Home Care Agencies

HEALTHCAREfirst and Tina Marrelli, Home Health Industry Expert, Partner to Improve Compliance for Home Care Agencies

Springfield, Mo. – April 6, 2015 HEALTHCAREfirst, the pioneer in Web-based software and services for home health and hospice care, announced today that it has partnered with Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN President of Marrelli & Associates, Inc. to improve compliance by integrating the industry’s leading clinical guidance materials into its home health and hospice software.

HEALTHCAREfirst is incorporating recommended care standards, care plan goals and interventions from Marrelli’s, “The Handbook of Home Health Standards, Quality, Documentation and Reimbursement,” also known as “The Little Red Book.” Care standards in the handbook are derived from published research and extensive practical experience, and have been tuned for regulatory compliance. In its fifth edition, revised reprint, the book has enjoyed widespread use by thousands of home care and hospice clinicians and organizations since its original publication more than twenty years ago.

According to BKD, a leading CPA firm in the industry, health care is one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States. Thousands of health care entities have been excluded from participating in federal programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, for violating laws. Government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) target health care fraud and abuse as high-priority areas to conduct inquiries and investigations.

Home care agencies now have software that they can rely on to help them meet the complexity of regulatory guidelines and improve their patient care. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Tina to develop the most compliant software solution available to home care,” said Stan Bell, Senior Vice President of Products. “Her expert guidance and input will help to ensure that our customers experience improved compliance and better efficiency.”

This clinical guidance integration will be made available in HEALTHCAREfirst’s recently announced Mobile Solutions for Android. Developed with guidance from industry and information technology experts, the mobile solution ensures workflows that are conducive to faster and more compliant care documentation.