Archive for the ‘Opinion’ 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…)

Removing Fraud and Improving Point-of-Care Compliance in Healthcare

July 12, 2013

Special Report from CellTrak

Home and community care’s distributed delivery environment makes accountability of visits and services more challenging than in centralized, facility-based care models. The benefits of home-based care delivery are extreme, from both a cost savings and a patient results perspective. Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), when combined with manageable policies and procedures can significantly improve accountability to assure that services are being delivered to care recipients when and where providers claim they are and providers are able to manage this service delivery with reasonable, sustainable expense.

Today the biggest challenge for the healthcare systems is that the vast majority of care planning and visit verification along with transaction processing, payments, tracking and payroll is done via paper. (more…)

How Satisfied Are You With Palmetto GBA? Your Opinion Counts!

July 10, 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is launching a new instrument for 2013 called the Medicare Administrative Contractor Satisfaction Indicator (MSI). The MSI is a tool that measures your satisfaction with the Medicare claims administrative contractor(s) that serve you. This measuring tool will provide the best opportunity for you to rate your satisfaction with your MAC. Your input will help your MAC to improve the services that they offer you. Participation is voluntary, but you must register if you would like to take the MSI. A random sample will be drawn from the registry.

If you are a Medicare FFS provider or you represent a Medicare FFS provider and are interested in participating, take a moment to register your contact information by completing the application. It will take about one minute to complete.

For more information visit the CMS MSI website. Let your voice be heard!

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…)

Elizabeth Hogue on HIPAA Allowing Disclosure of Information When Risk of Danger is Present (Part 6)

June 19, 2013

On January 15, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights, the enforcer of HIPAA, published a letter that clarifies that providers may disclose information when there is a risk of danger. Specifically, providers may disclose necessary information about patients to law enforcement, family members of patients, or other persons when providers believe that patients present serious danger to themselves or to other people.

The letter goes on to say that: (more…)

Guest Columnist: Are You Getting What You Paid For?

April 26, 2013

By Thomas E. Boyd, Boyd & Nicholas

I have been a financial consultant to the home health industry since 1989 and have been and continue to be amazed on the number of providers who are paying for the work of a CPA but do not know what they are paying for or think that they are paying for one thing while getting another. I have seen providers pay for a compiled statement while thinking they were getting an audited statement. I have seen providers pay for “CPA” work that from all appearances and results was not done by a qualified CPA.

Does the Medicare cost report require a CPA financial statement?

Along with the Medicare cost report the provider is also required to submit: (more…)

Bobby Lolley: The Future of Healthcare is Right At Home

April 8, 2013

InOurOpinion_12HCAF Executive Director Bobby Lolley submitted the following op-ed to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel following its March 11, 2013 article ‘Home Care, Tele-Medicine Cut Health Costs‘.

In Washington, D.C. and in communities across the nation – like in Southeast Florida – it would be impossible to deny that times are tight when it comes to healthcare dollars. As Congress continues to grapple with various budget plans and proposals, and with the sequester beginning to take a serious bite out of Medicare reimbursement, healthcare providers are turning over every stone to try and stretch the precious dollars allotted for care of America’s seniors. We’re also trying to do what’s best for patients – giving them quality, choice and the best value possible. (more…)

Sen. Collins: ‘Home Care Can Reduce Cost and Improve Quality of Life’

March 26, 2013

- Contributed photoOp-Ed By U.S. Senator Susan Collins

The challenges facing our nation’s health care system today are driven by demographics. The first member of the baby boom generation turned 65 last year. Our health care system now stands directly in the path of a tidal wave of aging baby boomers who will be retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 20 years. That system will clearly have to adapt and change if it is to survive that impact.

One of the most important things that we can do is to shift our orientation from institutional to community and home-based care. Advances in technology and infrastructure have made it possible for older adults – who previously would have been forced to move to a hospital or nursing home – to stay just where they want to be: in the comfort, privacy and security of their own homes. In fact, a survey conducted for the Maine chapter of the AARP found that nine out of 10 Mainers would prefer to receive services at home as opposed to a nursing home or other residential care facility. (more…)

NY Times: Home Care Rules in the Home Stretch

March 1, 2013

Over a year ago, President Obama announced that new Labor Department rules would guarantee home care workers minimum-wage and overtime-pay protections. The move would undo a nearly 40-year-old rule that defines home care workers as “companions,” a label that exempts employers from having to pay them the minimum wage and time and a half for overtime.

The proposed rules, however, are still not final. The rule-making process was long delayed, in part by the administration’s apparent reluctance to advance rules during the election year, perhaps for fear of being seen as anti-business. Last month, the Labor Department finally sent its rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget — the last step in the review process before they are approved. (more…)