Category: Home Health

Home Care Executive Forecast: 2019 Trends, Challenges, Opportunities

From an ongoing labor crunch to evolving Medicare Advantage opportunities, U.S. home care providers face numerous challenges but also exciting opportunities heading into 2019. Many private-duty players anticipate tech investments and increasing integration with the overall health care system, as revealed in these forecasts from CEOs and upper level executives. In 2019, older adults and

New HHA’s under Provision Period of Enhanced Oversight

According to MLN Matters Number SE19005, release date February 15, 2019 new home health agencies in Medicare programs will be placed under a provisional period of enhanced oversight. What does that mean for you and your business? The new statute focuses on Requests for Anticipated Payments (RAPs) from home healthcare agencies. The Centers for Medicare

Is your Home Health Care Agency Ready for 2019 OASIS Changes?

Home health care agencies knowledgeable about the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data sets already know how rigorous they are. It then comes to determining measureable data for home health patient care risk factors and outcomes from start of care to discharge. Upcoming changes to OASIS (from OASIS-C2 to OASIS-D) beginning January 1, 2019

Bill to Enable Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health Introduced in Senate

Long-time home care champions Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296) in the 116th Congress. This long-standing NAHC priority legislation would enable non-physician practitioners the authority to certify home health orders under Medicare. In the past, this legislation has enjoyed strong, widespread bipartisan support in both

7 Ways Outsourcing Medical Billing Helps Home Health Providers

The complicated financial requirements in the healthcare industry have created revenue problems for many home health providers. Without a consistent process or the right approach to medical billing, you may be faced with financial difficulties trying to get paid consistently and on-time for your services. Because the process can be an arduous task that every

Potential CMS Ruling Would Reduce Billing Burden But Could Harm Patient Care

CMS (The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) proposed plan to reduce paperwork for providers in order to allow them to focus more on their patients. Due to come into effect in 2019 if approved, the AMA (American Medical Association) agrees that the Physician Fee Schedule will “improve patient-centered care and patient care access.” Documentation

Here’s Why the OASIS is So Important to Billing Reimbursement

It is important for nurses and therapists working in home health to be fully versed in the OASIS in order to be properly reimbursed for all patients. OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) is the tool Medicare uses to collect data in order to make sure that home health agencies are providing standard quality care

6 Financial Planning Best Practices for Home Health Agencies

When it comes to your finances, every element of your agency plays a significant role. How you work with your clients, train your staff, and implement focused business practices will determine how smoothly everything runs. On top of that, you need to be realistic about your company and how well you are doing financially on

How to Stay HIPAA Compliant with Cloud-Based Software

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To safely carry out billing for your private practice, it is imperative that any cloud-based software being used is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Based on a survey done by Bitglass, those in the healthcare industry aren’t as likely to use software based in the cloud. This is due to the

8 Tips for Properly Billing for Managed Care in Home Health

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The process for managed care can be difficult to handle. When managing the office for home health care, you have a lot of responsibility and data to keep track of. If you do not have a handle on a proper billing process, you can quickly find yourself in way over your head. This is why