PCRD Begins April 1 in Florida: Are Agencies Ready?

Mar 16, 2017 10:40:25 AM / posted in Compliance

April 1, 2017, is rapidly approaching, which means home health agencies in Florida are gearing up to implement the new CMS mandate for Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD). If you’re like most agencies, you’re probably nervous about how this change will impact your organization and how to ensure a smooth transition for everyone involved.

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Here’s How to Shine on Your Next CMS Survey

Feb 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM / posted in Compliance

Every home health agency and hospice agency that receives reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid understands the anguish a CMS survey can cause. There’s a lot on the line; if you can’t prove you meet each of your Conditions of Participation (CoPs), you risk losing CMS certification altogether.

Fortunately, with the right strategy in place, you can not only survive the survey process, you can come out shining.

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10 Myths Surrounding the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model

Jan 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM / posted in Cost Reduction, Compliance

The Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model launched as a pilot program in nine states on Jan. 1, 2016. The model, which ties payment to performance, represents a major shift in payment structure for home health agencies.

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New Home Health Conditions of Participation Rule: Are You Ready?

Jan 19, 2017 2:33:28 PM / posted in Compliance

The newly updated Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) rule, effective July 13, 2017, aims to strengthen patients’ rights, facilitate communication among caregivers, and improve the quality of home health services. How will these revisions affect the way your home care agency communicates and delivers services?

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The 21st Century Cures Act: What Home Care Agencies Need to Know

Jan 5, 2017 8:45:35 AM / posted in Compliance, EVV

The 21st Century Cures Act includes sweeping changes to funding biomedical research, approving drugs and medical devices, and improving mental health. Several of these changes have direct implications for the home care industry – from major new regulations on Medicaid reimbursements to more minor tweaks to the small business insurance market and hospital readmission penalties.

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Preventing Medicare Fraud from Crumbling the Future of Home Health Care

Dec 13, 2016 7:27:09 AM / posted in Fraud, Compliance, Productivity

As we look back on some of the key stories of 2016 for home care agencies, one leaps out repeatedly: Medicare fraud.

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To Improve Home Care Compliance, Turn to a Comprehensive EVV Solution

Nov 29, 2016 7:30:59 AM / posted in Electronic Visit Verification, Compliance, EVV

With a growing number of government and payer mandates calling for home health agencies to validate the accuracy of the care they deliver, Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) has never been more important for the home care industry.

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One Step to Take Today to Protect Your Agency from FLSA Lawsuits

Aug 30, 2016 7:52:31 AM / posted in Compliance, Savings

Since new labor laws have taken effect this year, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuits against home health care agencies have popped up faster than Usain Bolt runs the curve in the 200-meter dash.

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