VA To Pay Non-Contract Providers Using Medicare Payment Models

According to NAHC, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has started issuing notices to inform home health providers of the VA’s revised payment methodology for SNF services. Starting on October 1, 2014, the VA will require an Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) to be completed to generate a health insurance prospective payment system (HIPPS) code to reimburse non-contracted home health agencies for skilled home health services using the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HHPPS). The VA will continue to pay a per diem rate for non-contracted hospice providers.

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More cuts ahead for Home Health Providers, according to national experts

Representatives from 3 leading home health organizations are reporting that CMS’s proposed HHPPS rule would reduce Medicare Home Health funding by 3.5% each year from 2014 to 2017, resulting in a 14% cut in reimbursement, or $22 billion over ten years. This is on top of $72.5 billion in Medicare cuts already imposed by other legislative or regulatory changes.

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NAHC Annual Meeting & Expo: Smartphone Technology Transforming Healthcare

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition addressed the importance of smartphone technology to the healthcare industry, with a focus on the impact, policy and policy surrounding mobile health platforms, telehealth as well as innovative treatment and business solutions.

Val J. Halamandaris, President of NAHC, told conference attendees the smartphone will transform how home health care and hospice agencies and physicians interact with data and communications, enhancing patient evaluation and treatment, pay solutions for agencies and improving overall outcomes. The discussion focused on how mHealth – or mobile health – would impact all facets of the industry. Attendees viewed demonstrations of the latest technologies available and were able to view a variety of mobile phones, tablets, devices, remote patient and telehealth monitors on display.

The conference, which runs from October 21-25, is being held at Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida.

NAHC Expo Now Open

The National Association For Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) exposition is now open! Come visit HMS Healthcare Management Solutions (HMS) at booth 1402 for some cool giveaways and learn more about our growing line of customized services. Leave your business card to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD!

The expo hall is open until 7:30p.m. tonight so be sure to stop by and say hello!

HMS At NAHC Annual Meeting & Expo

HMS Healthcare Management Solutions (HMS) is in attendance at the National Association For Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Annual Meeting & Expo in Orlando, Florida. This year’s meeting focuses on the ways technology promises to transform healthcare.

Count on HMS for the latest news, information in trends in healthcare, including the ways wireless technologies and mobile applications will help agencies. During our time at the conference, HMS will gather the latest on changing regulatory requirements and compliance issues and offer insights on how electronic health communications can improve outcomes.

Stay tuned to the HMS blog for more!

HMS Attends NAHC Financial Managers Conference

Earlier this week, home care and hospice industry leaders gathered in Dallas, Texas for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) Financial Management Exposition & Conference.

HMS Healthcare Management Solutions Controller, Robert Prezioso, attended the convention in an effort to engage in education sessions and discuss business and management strategies on behalf of HMS clients. Below are highlights of topic covered at the conference, which was co-produced by Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA).

  • Medicare Proposed Payments for Home Health Services: Potential revenue opportunities to offset losses a 3.35% decrease in Medicare payments to home health agencies (HHAs) for calendar year (CY) 2012 might yield.
  • Alternative Sanctions: New alternative sanctions to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) could pose significant financial risks for providers who have condition-level deficiencies.
  • Medicare Home Health Outliers: Glitches in the claims processing software were acknowledged and addressed.
  • Readmissions: Hospitals are very interested in partnering with home care to avoid readmission penalties that will start later in the year
  • Malpractice Claims: A spike in malpractice claims as has been seen in nursing homes.

HMS Healthcare Management Solutions offers billing, consulting and revenue cycle management for healthcare providers across the continuum.  Contact us today to see how we can help you!

NAHC: Health Reform Can & Should Be Improved

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) says they will continue to push for a delay in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. NAHC believes the PPACA can and should be improved and opposes co-payments and added reimbursement cuts.

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