Top Four Fall Priorities for Home Health Agencies

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Where is your home health agency’s focus this fall?
Smart home health agencies are focusing their efforts on housekeeping,  trying to shore up bottom lines by rectifying errors and inconsistencies that result in costly claims denials, and scheduling crucial training for all agency staff.
The four cornerstones for success in today’s home care market are  training, internal reviews and audits , preparation and streamlining operations, according to Home Health Solutions owner and president J’non Griffin.
If your agency isn’t working on at least one of these areas right now,  it’s losing ground in the effort to stay abreast of industry regulations and maintain clinical and financial success.

Training

Did you know home health agencies lose, on average, $200 to $300 per episode to coding and OASIS errors?
The money agencies spend on staff training is more than recouped in improved performance of its employees. Home Health Solutions provides convenient online training courses available through our online store for continuing education credits.
But we realize not every agency has the same training needs, so we also work with agencies to provide customized training and education.
Our goal is to provide the solutions your agency needs. Contact us today to talk about how we can help you.

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Self audits and review

The goblins and gremlins may not getcha  this Halloween season, but the glitches sure will.  Errors and inconsistencies are the hobgoblins of the home health field, resulting in costly claims denials , Survey issues and more.
Smart home health agencies are conducting self reviews and analysis on every level to find glitches before surveyors do.  But there’s only so much time in a day — and it’s often hard to be objective about self evaluation.
Our Mock Audits are the resource agencies need to experience firsthand the same thorough investigation a real Survey would bring, allowing agencies to clean up errors before there are costly consequences.  Click here for details about the value of a Mock Audit.

Preparation

When CMS suspended rollouts of pre-claim reviews after a disastrous initial experience in Illinois, home heath agencies breathed a collective sigh of relief.
But the reprieve is only temporary, and smart agencies are using the extra time to get prepared.
From Value-Based Purchasing to pre-claim reviews,  a new way of doing business is on the horizon for home health agencies, and meeting the new requirements is going to take a strong commitment to adequate preparation.
Here’s an easy and inexpensive first step for agencies looking ahead to pre-claim reviews:
Order our DIY Pre-Claim Review Preparation Kit for just $25.  It’s the compass your agency needs to get started on the road to preparation.

Outsourcing

Compliance is costly.
It takes time, manpower and relentless commitment on the part of home health agencies to stay up-to-date on current regulations — and it can’t come at the expense of an agency’s primary focus on patient care.
More and more agencies are determining that the most cost-effective means of doing business is to outsource all or some portion of operations.  And we’re not just talking about coding, OASIS or billing.  Some agencies need help with specific aspects such as developing POCs, handling ADRs or service specific probe reviews.
We can help.
No matter what your need is, we have the solution.
Give us a call today at 888-418-6970 and see what we can do for you.