Category Archives: Home Health Billing

Three Questions You Should be Asking about Benchmarks

Financial benchmarking is critical for home health and hospice agencies that want to grow their bottom lines. Comparing your agency’s business processes and performance metrics to industry best practices can help guide your organization to use reliable and fundamental financial … Continue Reading

CMS Rebasing Proposal Worries Agency Associations

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) recently expressed alarm at Medicare funding cuts proposed by CMS. Home health agencies will want to keep a close eye on the next stages … Continue Reading

Five Ways to Maintain Agency Margins

In order to survive further projected cuts in Medicare reimbursement, home health agencies must become more efficient, according to Mark Sharp, CPA, partner at BKD, LLP. Sharp notes that Medicare margins for home health dropped nearly 20% between 2008 and … Continue Reading

Using Agency Data to Manage Effectively

Now that you’ve compiled the relevant data about revenue, margins, cash flow and efficiencies for your home health or hospice agency, how can your agency benefit? The idea is to collect relevant metrics, share them widely and manage to them, … Continue Reading

Four Metrics Your Agency Should Track

It’s easy to drown in data from your home health agency, but it doesn’t have to be this way, says David J. Berman, CPA, CVA, principal at Simione Healthcare Consultants LLC. “Don’t overdo analytics. Meaningful data can be lost in … Continue Reading

Bill Aims to Break Down Telemedicine Barriers

A bill being reviewed by several U.S. House committees would advance telehealth in an unprecedented way to the betterment of the home health industry. HR 6719 was introduced by California Democrat Mike Thompson to fix two current barriers: physician licensure … Continue Reading

Clinical Management Automation Can Help Improve Your Revenue Cycle

Shortening the revenue cycle is no easy task. Because so many factors affect the length of the cycle, it can seem a daunting task to establish processes and workflow to get control of them  Still, there are tools that can … Continue Reading

Standing Still Not an Option for Home Health Agencies

Today’s care and reimbursement environment is one of constant change. I’m not telling you anything that you don’t already recognize during each work day. But you may not realize that standing still to wait for the change to subside is … Continue Reading

OIG: 25% of Agencies Made Inappropriate 2010 Claims

Home health agencies should consider monitoring their billing practices more closely following an August report from OIG that concluded 25% of home health agencies (HHAs) exceeded recommended levels for at least one of six measures in 2010: High average outlier … Continue Reading

Clarification Needed on Recent Enforcement and Certification Proposals

If recent CMS enforcement proposals are accepted without changes, the impact on home health agencies (HHAs) could be significant. Monetary penalties for non-compliance could be applied before an agency is given time to correct the deficiency, and immediate jeopardy citations … Continue Reading