HHA Reimbursement: You Can Bill Auto Insurance For Patient Services

Posted on 09. Sep, 2009 by in Money Matters.

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But take this step to avoid angry patients.

Scenario: Your home care patient is in an auto accident that leaves her in a wheelchair for an unspecified period of time. Her auto insurance — not her medical insurance — will foot the bill

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5 H1N1 Prevention Steps for Home Care Workers

Posted on 09. Sep, 2009 by in Tool Kit.

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Tis the season for ‘air kisses.’

What should caregivers in your HHA know about preventing swine flu? Homecare & Hospice News has rounded up some practical tips from the experts — plus the links to places that’ll keep you informed…

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The Latest on Palliative Care Drugs

Posted on 09. Sep, 2009 by in Hot Topics.

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As few as 6-15 of these caplets can cause lethal overdose.

If you’re not up to speed on the latest for palliative care drugs, here’s how you can get a quick overview on newbies like Tapentadol, Zolpimist Nasal Spray, and

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Therapy for HHA Patients: A 5-Point Plan That Boosts Your Bottom Line

Posted on 02. Sep, 2009 by in Tool Kit.

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Will your plans of care stand up to intermediary scrutiny? Watch for these red flags.

Incorporating therapy more consistently into your patients’ care plans can improve patient care, outcomes, and your agency’s finances.

Adhering to the traditional types of cases…

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HHA Reimbursement: Use These 4 Tips To Defend Long-Stay Claims

Posted on 02. Sep, 2009 by in Money Matters.

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Intermediary cracks down on long-stay patients with new probe.

Get ready for a higher level of scrutiny for patients you’ve had on service for years. Regional home health intermediary Cahaba GBA is putting the medical review spotlight onclaims for patients with a length of stay…

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Study: When Insurers Cooperate, Hospice Utilization Doubles

Posted on 02. Sep, 2009 by in Hot Topics.

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What palliative care providers can learn from one insurer’s case management model.

Hospice benefits are underutilized in this country, and there are many complex reasons for that. But a new study published in the

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Watch Out For Identity Thieves In Your HHA

Posted on 02. Sep, 2009 by in Breaking News.

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Here’s how one agency acted quickly to protect its client’s privacy.

If you think your patients’ confidential identity information is always safe in your staffers’ hands, think again.

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) has substantiated…

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Newt Stands Up For Home Care

Posted on 02. Sep, 2009 by in Did You Know?.

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Sometimes wisdom comes from unlikely places. Case in point: Newt Gingrich has some smart things to say about home care in an op ed piece published in The Atlanta Constitution this week.…

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OASIS: Check Out This Resource To Improve Your Rehospitalization Score

Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by in Tool Kit.

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Here’s how to find out which local hospitals have the highest readmission rates

Home health agencies often find that their struggle to reduce hospital readmissions collides with the hospital’s or physician’s practice patterns or needs. A new piece of public…

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Polish Your Hospice GIP Documentation Skills

Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by in Hot Topics.

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Now’s the time to make sure your hospice general inpatient (GIP) claims will pass muster with reviewers. A recent whistleblower lawsuit highlights GIP’s status as a hospice hot spot.

While reviewers haven’t…

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