Agency Productivity

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 industry’s opportunity with hospitals. Thanks to a provision in health care reform legislation that penalizes hospitals that fail to reduce their hospitalization rates for three specific diagnoses, Homecare agencies have the opportunity to be more than just a provider. They can actually come to the rescue of hospitals and develop mutually advantageous relationships that keep the hospital in compliance, and increase business for the Home care agency.

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 includes:  Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Read more:

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 some time addressing Alora Home Health Software's OASIS-C1 preparedness as well as the upcoming changes to the CMS OASIS Data submission. This information pertains to all Medicare Certified agencies. The following information will help all Medicare Certified agencies prepare for the upcoming conversion to OASIS-C1:

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 of unison and bipartisanship for lawmakers in Washington, DC. The bill focused on areas of near universal agreement addressing important matters such as physician training, patient outreach, and quality of end-of-life care.

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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 themselves for another conflict over Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD), the ever controversial initiative spearheaded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). While its original intent was reducing fraud and improper billing in the home health care spectrum, the unpopularity of the policy is consistent, based on its mandate to providers to send in claims for processing much earlier in the care process to increase the likelihood of them meeting requirements.

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, largely due to the overall aging population. This surge has created more business and revenue for the Home Health Care and Hospice industry, and with it, a demand for improvement in quality of home health care. From 2016 through this year, statistics have recently shown improvement spanning all the major areas of the industry. In tandem, the rate of hospital readmission has shown little movement in the baseline measurement for the last 5 years.