Archive for the ‘2013 Conference’ Category

Social Media Can Help with Home & Hospice Care

July 12, 2013

By Scott R. Herrmann, Procura Software

Since the inception of social media, access to global information from news sources, family and friends has become instantaneous. Facebook has become the #1 social media application in the world, followed closely by Google + and Twitter. Over 400 million people a day log into their Facebook account to see what is happening with their personal community in their network. (more…)

Affinity Program Spotlight: Building Home Health Referrals Using Patient Satisfaction

July 8, 2013

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The days of passively expecting a reliable flow of new patients from referring physicians and discharge planners is long over. Home health agencies need to proactively incorporate quantified results that promote their unique position in the care continuum. Successful agency leaders align their agency to continuously deliver care that will be perceived in a positive manner by patients, driving word of mouth recommendations. Increasing both the quantity and quality of patient referrals using high patient satisfaction scores is an effective strategy for growth. Using the results from the Home Health CAHPS® survey, particularly the overall recommendation measure, will identify opportunities for care improvement helping agency leaders focus resources more effectively. (more…)

Analysis of Case-Mix Weights Per the Proposed Rule for 2014

July 2, 2013

The recent proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services included case-mix weight changes for 2014. An analysis of the 153 case-mix weights by John Reisinger of Innovative Solutions for Home Health found the difference between the 2014 proposed rule versus the current weights is -26%.  (more…)

Home Health IT Vendors Detail Their ICD-10 Transition Status

June 28, 2013

On October 1, 2014, home health agencies are required to bill Medicare and other health insurers using ICD-10 codes to report medical diagnoses instead of ICD-9 codes. From Medicare’s perspective, the new codes will enhance the ability of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to monitor quality, safety, and efficacy of care, monitor resource use, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse. We hope that it will also reduce Medicare and other payer’s need to request additional documentation to explain an individual’s condition. (more…)