Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Requirements on the Horizon

A lesser-known component of the 21st Century Cures Act is the electronic visit verification (EVV) requirement that goes into effect January 1, 2020, for personal care services (PCS), and January 1, 2023, for home health care services (HHCS). So, what is EVV and how can your organization prepare to comply with this requirement? One of the greatest impacts will be to PCS providers who offer opportunities to Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services such as activities of daily living (ADL) in…

0
Read More

Revisiting a 2018 Highlight: Annual Cap Lifted for Therapy Services

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, passed by Congress earlier this year, included a provision lifting the annual cap for physical, occupational and speech therapy services. The provision ends a 20-year back-and-forth between attempts to set a financial cap and efforts to prevent that from happening. It also cements an earlier settlement between patients (Jimmo) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that allows for continued therapy services for maintenance of mobility or activities of daily living, instead…

0
Read More

Flourishing in Post-Acute Care With a Single Unified System

Regulatory pressures, complex reimbursements and staff shortages in healthcare are not going away. Post-acute care providers need to be nimble and agile enough to easily prove outcomes, measure results and integrate clinical and financial information to succeed in the modern landscape. Having one unified system to manage it all should be on your “must-do” list. Here’s why: It helps create more efficient care transitions. Transitioning care settings should be smooth and efficient for everyone involved. The right platform consolidates patient…

0
Read More

Creating a Preferred Post-Acute Partner Network

It takes a village to care for an individual with health needs. From primary to acute to post-acute care and beyond, managed care organizations and health systems across the country are looking to create valuable strategic partnerships to achieve the best possible outcomes for all individuals. These systems look to their preferred provider network to improve quality of experience and cost of care and collaborate to make it happen. A critical decision for these organizations to make is to determine…

0
Read More

Implementing the Second Electronic Health Record Part II

In Part I of our series, we examined common reasons why some healthcare organizations may decide to make a full replacement of their electronic health record (EHR) by implementing a completely different system. The most common reason is that the existing EHR is insufficient and doesn’t support the organization in the ways and means necessary. This can occur for reasons external to the organization as well as from within the organization. In this post, we’ll consider additional factors as to…

0
Read More

Shaping Home Health and Hospice Through Advocacy

One thing that’s constant in healthcare is change. Both home health and hospice industries are certainly no stranger when it comes to making adaptions and adjustments on a regular basis. With ever-changing policies and regulations such as pre-claim review, electronic visit verification, home health groupings model, continuous reimbursement cuts and more, it’s important for providers to have a voice in the direction of the industry. After all, you have boots on the ground, seeing day in and day out the…

0
Read More

Implementing the Second Electronic Health Record – Part I

A lot has been written about why organizations should upgrade from a paper-based system to an electronic health record (EHR). External standards and opportunities such as Meaningful Use (now Merit Based incentive Payments System, or MIPS) have been contributing factors. What hasn’t been explored is why organizations make the decision to switch to a new EHR — not simply upgrade to a newer version, but change software and vendors altogether. Data migration, staff retraining and other challenges make such a…

1
Read More

Going Digital to Enhance Care Coordination and Outcomes in Senior Living

If you were a senior living care provider looking to drive up quality of care and improve clinical and financial outcomes while balancing your status as a preferred referral partner, what would you do? Invest in technology? That’s what Landis Communities did to achieve success. The five-star, full-service, live-at-home facility in Pennsylvania took steps to adopt health IT solutions that helped not only achieve positive results for their residents but also solidified their position as a vital player within their local…

0
Read More

Managing Care for Co-Occurring Conditions

When it comes to being able to provide the best care possible, it’s important for providers to be able to exchange and receive vital patient data – spanning both behavioral and physical healthcare – so they can have all of the relevant information at hand to make the best care decisions and achieve the best possible outcomes for their patient. Watch the video below to follow Maria through her journey as she works with her providers to successfully manage the…

0
Read More

Experts in Home Health Give Thoughts and Advice for 2018 – Part VIII

Throughout our series, we’ve provided various outlooks from home health experts on the industry landscape for 2018. Ranging from referrals to payment models to advocacy and beyond, there certainly is a lot of opportunity for the future. In this final installment, Netsmart Senior Vice President Dawn Iddings gives her thoughts on becoming a preferred referral partner. Strive to Be a Better Referral Partner  We’ve seen a shift to a value-based care model for home health, even in states that weren’t…

0
Read More