Posts Tagged ‘Bobby Lolley’

HCAF Statement on CMS Announcement of Temporary and Targeted Moratorium on the Approval of New Home Health Agencies

July 30, 2013

BLThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a temporary and targeted moratorium on the approval of new home health agencies in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The moratorium takes effect on July 30, 2013.

According to CMS, the goal of the temporary moratoria is to fight fraud and safeguard taxpayer dollars, while ensuring patient access to care.  Authority to impose such moratoria was included in the Affordable Care Act, and CMS is exercising this authority for the first time. (more…)

Palmetto GBA Releases Updated Provider Q&As

July 2, 2013

MedicarePalmetto GBA this week released questions from a convening of the Home Health Coalition that took place in Charlotte, NC on June 10. The coalition is made up of state association executives including HCAF’s Bobby Lolley. HCAF requested questions from Medicare providers last month to submit to Palmetto representatives.

Questions and answers cover topics such as the face-to-face encounter requirement, an update on RAP suppression activity, PECOS, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy G-Codes, ADRs, billing, Q-code requirements, medical review and more. (more…)

Deyta Invigorates Partnership with HCAF to Expand Member Benefits

June 21, 2013

Deyta’s expanded solutions address critical challenges today’s home care leaders face with having quick access to critical performance indicators to drive smarter decision making.

Deyta, LLC has renewed its partnership with the Home Care Association of Florida, expanding member benefits beyond a quality improvement focus to address a broader scope of business optimization tools that are critical to helping today’s home care agencies thrive. The Home Care Association of Florida now endorses Deyta’s new ActionBoard System as a solution that members can leverage to improve operational efficiency, strengthen financial performance, ensure compliance and gain a competitive advantage in their market.

“Deyta has been a leading provider of HHCAHPS to Florida home health agencies,” said Bobby Lolley, Executive Director of the Home Care Association of Florida. “We are excited to bring their new ActionBoard System to our members to help them leverage innovative technology solutions to keep up with today’s reimbursement cuts and increased compliance protocols.” (more…)

Analysis: Florida Home Health Medicare Margins on Steep Decline

June 6, 2013

The Home Care Association of Florida in coordination with the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today released data demonstrating that the rebasing of Medicare home health payments within the proposed Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rule for 2014 will negatively impact Florida’s home health sector and the 342,570 vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health by driving Medicare margins to an all-time low. Leaders are urging regulators to carefully consider home health sector’s current-law economics when implementing this policy.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is directed to rebase home health payments between 2014 and 2017 by a percentage determined appropriate by the Secretary.  This percentage is to be implemented in equal increments during each year from 2014 through 2017. (more…)

Palmetto GBA Answers Provider Questions

April 5, 2013

Palmetto GBA has released a list of questions and answers related to Medicare home health providers. The questions were posed by state association executives, including HCAF Executive Director Bobby Lolley, and other stakeholders at Palmetto’s Home Health Coalition meeting on February 25, 2013.

Question topics include claims processing issues, revalidation, therapy reassessment, PECOS, face-to-face and more. Click here to review Q&As from February and previous months.

Medicare’s Home Health Care Rules to Focus More on Prevention

November 5, 2012

By Stephen Nohlgren, The Tampa Bay Times

TARPON SPRINGS — Larry Tilson, 52, figures he’s doing pretty well for a guy with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Three-quarters of people with the incurable neuromuscular condition die within 3 to 5 years of diagnosis. Tilson recently passed that five-year mark and can still walk, talk and dress himself. He credits an innovative therapy that has helped his brain and muscles stay in synch.

But he gets the therapy only sporadically. Medicare provides a home health therapist off and on, but Tilson has to suffer a medical crisis, such as a fall, first. (more…)

HCAF Members Recognized for High Quality of Care and Financial Performance

October 29, 2012

OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth released the 2012 edition of HomeCare Elite™, an annual compilation of the most successful home care providers in the United States. HCAF is excited to announce that Florida ranked first in the nation among all states with respect to the number of providers – 268 in all – making the list. HCAF applauds the 125 HCAF members that earned this designation!

Brought to you by National Research Corporation (also known as OCS HomeCare) and DecisionHealth, this market-leading review names the top 25 percent of agencies in performance measures. HomeCare Elite™ also recognizes the Top 100 and Top 500 providers nationwide. This year’s winners are ranked by an analysis of measures in quality of care, process measure implementation, and financial performance. (more…)

Palmetto GBA Releases Q&As on PECOS, Outliers & Other Provider Issues

July 20, 2012

Palmetto GBA has released a list of questions and answers related to home health providers. The questions were posed by state association executives, including HCAF Executive Director Bobby Lolley, and other stakeholders at Palmetto’s Home Health Coalition meeting on June 18 in North Carolina.

Question topics include therapy reassessment, PECOS, outlier underpayments, provider enrollment and more. (more…)

Deadline for Enforcing HIPAA Version 5010 is Tomorrow!

June 29, 2012

The delay in enforcing the HIPAA version 5010 end on June 30, 2012 for all Medicare providers. Providers not compliant by June 30 will be penalized after the new requirement goes into effect on July 1. If your agency is not yet compliant, or are not sure if you are, you need to take immediate action to avoid disruption in payments.

If your agency is not yet compliant, start by contacting your software vendor to see what you need to do. If you are all set with your software, reach out to your clearinghouse. The good news is that most clearinghouses are now submitting using the 5010 format, but you should make sure your claims are uploading correctly and that they are fully 5010-compliant. (more…)

Home Health Care Bill of Rights Would Prohibit Discrimination

January 19, 2012

By Diane C. Lade, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Floridians receiving professional home health care could become among the few in the nation with their own bill of rights. Among the guarantees: Appointment times that are honored, disclosure of out-of-pocket costs and quality care.

But under the proposal being considered by Florida legislators this session, home health agencies would have rights, too, including one likely to spark much debate: Clients would have to accept all qualified assistants in their home “regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation,” according to SB 1370. Patients or their families also would need to tell agencies in advance which primary language is spoken in the home. (more…)