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Home Health Educational Resources2019-12-19T21:20:24-05:00

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HEALTHCAREfirst is committed to keeping you ahead of the curve! Our home health educational resources provide the latest on regulatory updates, best practices, and tips for improving many areas of your organization. We’re always here to help, so if you have questions or just want to talk with one of our experts, contact us at 800.841.6095 or connect@healthcarefirst.com.

NOA: 6 Actions to take now to improve your RCM process

As the final phase of PDGM inches closer, home health agencies are preparing for RAPs to phase out and the Notice of Admission (NOA) to begin. This transition will be a welcome change, allowing agencies to revert to the one-claim-per-patient-per-month concept and to improve their RCM processes.

November 5, 2021|

6 NOA submission requirements to consider before 2022

Home health agencies are coming up on the final phase of PDGM. And while it may seem like one more administrative burden, this final update will likely be a welcome change for your agency. RAPs will be phased out, and home health agencies will revert to the one-claim-per-patient-per-month concept—known as the Notice of Admission (NOA).

August 10, 2021|

The final phase of PDGM: What to expect & actions to take now

Coming in 2022, the final phase of PDGM is a continuation of CMS’ three-year progression of other PDGM implementations. The first of these implementations began in 2020, when the reimbursement landscape changed for home health agencies from receiving 50 or 60 percent upfront for a 60-day period to receiving 20 percent upfront for just a 30-day

July 23, 2021|

COVID-19 public health emergency waiver flexibilities and the path to reducing regulatory burden

In November 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released two requests for information (RFIs), seeking input from stakeholders on reducing regulatory burden and regulatory relief that could support economic recovery. A significant focus in one of the RFIs is to consider the costs and benefits of retaining particular regulatory changes beyond the

June 11, 2021|

RCM support through COVID-19, PDGM, and beyond

A conversation between Navin Gupta, Vice President, Home Care Solutions for MatrixCare and his special guest Jeremy Crow, Senior Software Executive, Information Technology Consultant, and Certified Project Manager for HEALTHCAREfirst about RCM support through COVID-19, PDGM, and beyond.

May 20, 2020|

Home Health CAHPS Top 5 Report: the newest feature in our complete survey program

Turn CAHPS data into better performance and optimized patient care. Download the ebook. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Home Health Care Survey (also known as HHCAHPS) was created to measure the patient experience within Medicare-certified home health agencies—but it’s more than just another CMS requirement. With the trend toward value-based purchasing, patient outcomes are just as important as volume. Simply put, CAHPS was designed to collect your agency’s performance data. However, without the right vendor, agencies lack the right programs and tools to use that data to their advantage.

May 18, 2020|

From Clinical to Coding

HEALTHCAREfirst has the answer to managing cost and spending under PDGM Download the ebook As managing your agency becomes more challenging, you may be looking for ways to realize cost efficiencies and reduce spending. Accurate clinical assessment and effective coding practices will be more important than ever under PDGM.

November 20, 2019|

CASE STUDY: Addison County Home Health & Hospice

With HEALTHCAREfirst, one agency found more than just coding clarity Download the case study When Addison County Home Care & Hospice went in search of outsourced coding, they ended up with an expert level solution for not just coding – but also PDGM prep, OASIS, and customer service that is second to none.

November 16, 2019|

PDGM resource hub

The implementation date for the Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is on or after January 1, 2020. PDGM is an alternative case-mix methodology designed to put the focus on patient needs rather than volume of care. It relies heavily on patient characteristics to more accurately pay for home health services and uses 30-day periods as a basis for payment.

March 14, 2019|

OASIS-D resource hub

The implementation date for OASIS-D is right around the corner. Beginning January 1, 2019, home health agencies must use the OASIS-D item set to collect and report data for Medicare and Medicaid patients that receive skilled nursing services and are 18 years old and older. The main reason for revising the OASIS is to increase standardization across post-acute care to calculate cross-setting quality measures in accordance with the IMPACT Act. These changes present significant risk if not properly implemented and managed, so we have created this resource hub to help.

November 19, 2018|

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