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Just as it has become in many other states to date, Electronic Visit Verification is a reality in Arizona. When does it start, what are the requirements, and can agencies choose whatever EVV software ...

CMS Extends Moratorium Affecting New Home Health Care Agency Openings in Certain Cities   In this edition of the Homecare Software blog, we turn our attention to the CMS, and its crack down on fr...

Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Utah Medicaid As an ongoing part of our commitment to keeping home health care professionals up to date with the latest regulatory information at the national a...

Choosing EVV Software   As the 21st Century Cures act moves to the forefront of home health agency staffs, many agencies find themselves trying to prepare for the inevitable. According to their o...

To view the MassHealth EVV Software solution by Alora, click here   MassHealth EVV  What you need to know about Massachusetts Electronic Visit Verification    As home health care agencies ...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and State Survey Agencies (SSAs) are conducting targeted infection control surveys of select home health and hospice providers to ensure provider...

Choosing the right EHR Software can be a make or break move for your business. In this blog we explore some of the considerations, strategies, and decisions making focal points that should be consider...

Search engine optimization is an important tool for all businesses to maximize exposure and reach potential customers. The business of Home Health care is no exception to this idea, as Homecare agenci...

Using Home Health Software Can Reduce Person-to-Person Contact & Facilitate Remote Work Across the country these past several days, many states are implementing stay-at-home or essential-travel on...

Patient Eligibility for Home Health Services Under Medicare In the latest Home Health news, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a more straight forward definition of...

Multiple Large Market States Including Illinois & California, Proposing Salary Increases For Home Care Workers   “Pride in my work, and love of my clients,” was the response a homecare wo...

Last week in Albuquerque, a classroom full of students sat learning proper methods in caring for elderly patients. This has become common in states across the U.S, as a surge in immigrant workers ente...

Ohio EVV System Closer Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Progresses Towards Implanting EVV System   The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is adopting an EVV system, expected to go live in January...

Forthcoming Ohio Department of Medicaid EVV Mandate Still Offers Agencies Choices in Homecare Software   This mandate will have a significant impact on agencies currently offering home health car...

Ohio EVV Phase 2 Info   Ohio Department of Medicaid Prepares for the Implementation of Phase 2 of EVV Mandate   Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is planning to go live with their phase 2 of...

Ohio Alternate EVV System   Alora is among the first Alternate EVV Vendor for Ohio  software solutions to be certified by ODM for Phase 1 as well as Phase 2 of EVV implementation.  Alora has al...

Press Release – Alora Emerges as OHIO EVV PHASE 2’s First Official Alternative Vendor   ALORA HOME HEALTH SOFTWARE BRINGS SIMPLICITY TO OHIO’S EVV PHASE II June 25, 2019 – Ohio Ho...

ODM EVV Update PHASE I & II EVV IN OHIO As the ODM in Ohio was scheduled to officially begin denying claims based on their earlier EVV mandate timeline decree which stated:  As of November, 2018...

To view the Indiana EVV Software solution by Alora, click here   Indiana Electronic Visit Verification Information With the introduction and subsequent passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, state Me...

FLORIDA EVV INFORMATION   As 2020 kicks off, EVV is a hot topic in Florida. In this edition of the Alora Home Health blog, we’ll take a look at EVV in Florida, exploring the start date, FAQs, g...

To view the Colorado EVV Software solution by Alora, click here   Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Colorado Medicaid   The 21st Century Cures Act, which was passed into law in December of...

Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid Only Providers Released by HHS   June 10,2020 – In the latest home health news, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), via the Health Reso...

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the healthcare sector and the businesses that operate within it consistently since its onset. At ALORA, we continue to serve our customers & partners at the high...

New Study Shows Duration of Average Home Health Care Visits Indicates Direct Correlation to Future Hospital Admissions in Patients   In the past few years, the conclusion of most experts seems un...

Study Indicates African American Patients Receiving Home Health Care Yield Higher Re-hospitalization Statistics   More than 12 million people annually receive home health care services in the Uni...

Mobile Ready Home Health Software Home health and home care agencies no longer need to invest in devices for caregivers. Alora’s entire platform is optimized for tablets and smart phones as well as ...

As EVV Mandates Approached – Lawmakers Wanted More Time In the last few years, several states in the U.S have implemented mandated EVV not only to reduce fraud, but to keep tighter controls on h...

Does My Patient Qualify for Medicare Services?   In this edition of the Alora Home Health blog, we’ll tackle a question that many agencies and caregivers must determine the answer to before any...

DMAS EVV Start Date  Virginia DMAS Changes Implementation Date for EVV to July 1, 2020 For the state of Virginia’s Electronic Visit Verification implementation, the official start date has been...

Update on Electronic Visit Verification in Virginia   As part of our continued commitment to monitor the status of EVV implementation across the nation per the 21st Century Cures act, the latest ...

Spotlight on Occupational Therapy   In this edition of the Alora Home Health blog, we are talking Occupational therapy. At its core, Occupational therapy helps people across their lifespan to do ...

Care Plan Oversight Often Overlooked Care Plan Oversight (CPO) is often overlooked as a revenue source for physicians. CPO is the physician supervision of patients under either the home health or hosp...

Home Health Software for MBI   Is Your Home Health Care Software Ready?   Will your Medicare Claims continue to pay after January 1, 2020? Are you ready for the BIG Change? No, we are not ta...

Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020   CMS Signals New Home Care Benefits Coming in 2020 with MA Plans    (MA) plans (Medicare Advantage plans) are poised to release a new set of benefits for ...

Alora PDGM Webinar for ultimate payment results in 2020. This informative webinar which was held on Thursday, Oct 17th, 2019, presents an overview of PDGM and how it will impact agencies. Watch the en...

This year’s challenging business and healthcare environment has brought about a number of questions and unforeseen circumstances that have impacted Home Health Care agencies nationwide. With COV...

EVV UPDATES   As 2020 approaches and we draw closer to full implementation of the 21st Century cures act, Alora continues to monitor on a state by state basis how the EVV adoption process is unfo...

 RCD Implementation Update In the latest homecare news, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will delay the implementation of Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) so agencies have adeq...

We’re well into 2019, and it seems PDGM (Patient-Driven Groupings Model) is among the most discussed healthcare topics at the moment. From industry trade publications to speakers at national confere...

CMS DELAYS RCD UNTIL MARCH 2020   Advocates for home health care have achieved a significant triumph regarding the ongoing struggle against implementation of RCD (Review Choice Demonstration). Af...

The moment PDGM (The Patient-Driven Groupings Model) takes effect in the year 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looks to see their new edict change the landscape of home hea...

Your Next Caregiver Could be Programmable…as Amazon Rumored to be Developing In-Home Robot   Robots for In-home Care The national shortage of caregivers has been growing as demand continues to ...

January 2020 OASIS-D Changes   OASIS-D to OASIS-D1 Information OASIS-D is the current version of the OASIS data set. It was implemented on January 1, 2019. OASIS-D introduces new standardized ite...

F2F Documentation  Face to Face (F2F) Documentation was mandated by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and is required for Start of Care Home Health Certifications on or after January 1, 2011.  F2F is...

Illinois Review Choice Demonstration to Begin on June 1 The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) recently released information about the next steps for its Review Choice Demonstration (RCD). Illinois wi...

New EVV Survey Raises Concerns Among Homecare Providers & Industry Officials As the movement towards mandatory EVV on the federal level continues to march forward, officials at CMS have been stead...

Alora & Sandata Announce Partnership to Offer Homecare Agencies Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)   EVV Mandates on the Rise Nationwide   Sandata Technologies, one of the nation’...

What to Watch In 2019 As 2019 begins to get into the books, many home health industry insiders and experts are preparing for what’s ahead while learning some lessons from the previous year. By most ...

Home health is a dynamic industry that requires constant review of regulations changes.  In 2018 the industry experienced a major update to the Conditions of Participation including revisions to the ...

What Agencies Should Know About the OASIS-D Changes Effective January 1st 2019   Alora is committed to keeping home health professionals informed about regulatory changes that affect your busines...

Hospitals and Homecare Agencies… Homecare agency owners small and large have recently had good reason for optimism over a provision in the health care reform bill related to the home care indust...

In this edition of the ALORA Home Health news blog, fresh off the presses is a recently published article presenting information on a study of middle-schoolers in the state of Florida. This study reve...

News on CMS New Medicare Cards   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that they have completed the mailing of new Medicare cards for Waves 1, 2 and 3.  This inclu...

OASIS C1 Information for Agencies OASIS-C1 PREPAREDNESS  As part of our commitment to keeping our blog readers informed on important developments in the Homecare industry, we would like to spend ...

House of Representatives Find Equal Ground & Pass New Hospice Bill with Support from Both Parties   A new bill freshly passed by the U.S House of Representatives demonstrated a rare showing o...

  The Global Home Healthcare Market is Predicted to Grow to Over 300 Billion Within 4 Years   A recent report compiling data from the U.S and around the globe indicates that by the year 2022...

CMS Offers Delay of EVV Implementation for up to One Year   Following a lengthy period of uncertainty amidst numerous requests for clarifications and official rules, CMS (The Centers for Medicare...

Universal, Free In-Home care Faces Key Test As Tax Based Implementation Referendum Looms In One Northeast State   July 2018 Home Health Blog – There are many who cite the aging population a...

Fierce Legal Confrontation Continues Over Unions Forcing Membership on Home Health Care Employees   June, 2018  This edition of the Alora Home Health Software blog keys in on a state issue that ...

New Studies Point Towards U.S Doctors Widely Ignoring Review of Details in Their Patient’s Home Health Plans   June, 2018  “Recent studies indicate physicians approve  treatment plans Invol...

Home Healthcare Industry Lamenting the Return of the Unpopular “Pre-Claim Review Demonstration” Scores of industry notables and shareholders within the home health care industry are preparing ...

Judge Renders Important Ruling Affecting Homecare This week in the world of Homecare news, several media outlets are reporting that an important decision was recently rendered by the U.S. District Cou...

Quality of Home Health Care on The Rise as are New Patients in Homecare & Hospice   In the recent news cycle, more patients are entering into home health and hospice than in the last decade, ...

In Ohio, agencies prepare for new requirement: Verifying home visits   FEBRUARY 22, 2018 The 21st Century CURES Act requires that visits conducted for personal care services or home health care s...