Signed into law in December 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act is designed to help accelerate medical product development and bring new innovations and advances faster to patients who need them. But the Cures Act also has a significant impact on the homecare industry. Here’s what homecare agencies should know and how they can prepare for the changes ahead. Read More
Homecare agency owners often wear many hats. Between running a business, leading the marketing strategy, and closing new business, most agency owners don’t have the time to stay up to date on trending industry news. That’s where we come in – let us help you stay informed in our latest roundup of the biggest homecare headlines.
February 25, 2018 – Amy Baxter, Home Health Care News
Homecare is an industry with growing demand. As this demand increases, home health aides have become one of the most difficult jobs to fill, according to a recent ranking by CareerCast. Home Health Care News details the top ten toughest jobs to fill from CareerCast’s report and forecasts the growth home health aides and personal care aides are expected to see in the next decade. Read More
Extensive paperwork, unauthorized claims, incorrect member IDs and billing codes, discrepancies between EVV data and claim data – staying on top of compliance requirements can be a homecare provider’s nightmare. Without a system that automates and tracks compliance as part of regular operations, homecare providers face daily issues trying to meet compliance standards.
At the HHAeXchange Business Summit this past fall, we discussed compliance and what’s coming in the homecare industry. Ensuring compliance is an ongoing effort, but we can help you prepare for what the future of compliance may hold. Read More
As the homecare industry adapts to new policies, technologies and member needs, agencies often wonder how they can make processes more efficient and simplify day-to-day tasks to focus on providing quality care. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive:
How can we maximize caregiver schedules?
Homecare agencies that provide automated systems can simplify scheduling and become better equipped to avoid mix-ups, while maximizing each aide’s schedule and capabilities. A platform with an integrated dashboard also allows aides to access a “single source of truth” to view and manage their own schedules. A fully integrated homecare management platform will also allow agencies to maximize authorized hours, preventing revenue loss and ensuring that your patients aren’t left waiting for care, which will be incredibly important as the industry navigates changing Medicaid policies. Read More
Running a homecare agency is complex, time-consuming and stressful. There’s not enough time in the day for you to be an expert on wage and hour law in New York, as well. Luckily, we’re here to help make sure you are compliant and nothing slips through the cracks when it comes to wages and hours.
Emina Poricanin, an attorney at HodgsonRuss and an expert on wage and hour law in the homecare industry, hosted a webinar highlighting avoidable mistakes that agencies should know. For example, are you sure that you’re paying live-in aides correctly? Do you have sleep and meal agreements in place? Emina outlined critical steps to ensure that you have your bases covered. Read More
As 2017 comes to a close, we have been reflecting on a year full of change and growth. We move into the new year with a lot of unknowns, but recognize the potential of the months to come. Here are a few predictions for what we might see in homecare, and in the health care industry in general.
Demand is growing and resources are getting tighter
We already know that more of the population is requiring homecare as the massive Baby Boomer generation ages. In a competitive job environment, homecare will continue to struggle to attract the quality aide talent required to care for the influx of members. Many potential candidates are finding better paid jobs outside of homecare and healthcare, which will tighten an already limited reserve of caregivers. Read More
We get it; you’re busy running your agency. You don’t have time to sift through the many headlines for the latest in homecare news. That’s why we’re taking care of the digging for you, and sharing the top five stories we’ve seen in the industry recently.
November 2, 2017 – Dan Kopf, Quartz
There’s been an increase in demand for homecare services in recent years, especially as the baby boomer generation ages into retirement and more individuals are turning to homecare as an alternative to nursing homes. The shift is illustrated in this Quartz article, which outlines the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ predictions of which jobs will grow the fastest from 2016 to 2026. According to the Bureau, the job of “personal-care aide” will grow faster than any other and “home-health aide” is fourth on the list. If the Bureau is accurate, these jobs will account for 10 percent of all jobs created over the next decade, which means homecare agencies will have to scale to meet the rising demand to care for the aging population. Read More
Homecare agencies in Missouri face the unique challenge of trimmed minutes – those pesky extra minutes that get rounded off when tracking time to the nearest 15-minute interval. Right now, every agency is required to bill eMOmed in 15-minute units and must round down, not up. Some simple addition will show how quickly those trimmed minutes can add up into significant revenue loss, all for services that have been delivered. Those excess minutes aren’t intended to be wasted – agencies can bucket those trimmed minutes and submit them for payment – but that process is a little complicated. Read More
I've been managing and submitting my claims via HHA eXchange and I have one word....fantastic! My billing time has been cut drastically. I better control my visits and employees, but work less at it. It is so much easier to stay in compliance with HHA eXchange… thanks Homecare Software Solutions!Berey Weiss, Greater NY Homecare
Our experiences using the HHA eXchange program have been very positive. Their compliance toolset is excellent, and really gives us confidence that we are billing as near error-free as possible. It has greatly decreased unnecessary workload. It all just flows and is extremely user-friendly. My staff is extremely happy with it.Susan Katz, Summit Home Health Care