How to prepare for the 21st Century Cures Act

April 25, 2018| Blog

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

The latest headlines in homecare

March 21, 2018| Blog

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.

Home Health Aide Among Toughest Jobs to Fill in 2018

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

Homecare compliance: Keeping ahead of the changes at hand

February 16, 2018| Blog

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

Three questions I hear the most

January 30, 2018| Blog

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

Top wage and hour mistakes NY homecare agencies make

January 22, 2018| Blog

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

Predictions for 2018: The year of growing demand and uncertainty

January 9, 2018| Blog

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

Homecare news: The latest headlines

January 4, 2018| Blog

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.

The future of American jobs is taking care of the elderly

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

Missouri agencies can solve the trimmed minutes headache

December 20, 2017| Blog, Homecare, Missouri

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

Homecare industry No. 1 at jobs creation – here’s why

December 13, 2017| Blog

The in-home care industry has become the number one job creator in the U.S., and it’s expected to keep that top spot through 2020. Why? Because as our population ages, and more people choose to age in place instead of receiving institutionalized care, the demand for homecare aides is skyrocketing. This trend is good news for both homecare agencies looking to expand their business and the healthcare system as a whole.

Homecare services have the potential to reduce overall industry costs while simultaneously providing comfortable care for the most vulnerable of Americans – something we take very seriously at HHAeXchange. We’re not just building a tool for homecare providers: We’re committed to providing simpler, better outcomes for the most vulnerable members of society. And we’re driven by the knowledge that the U.S. homecare system needs to change to have a transformational impact on the entire healthcare ecosystem, and that HHAeXchange has the power to make the change happen today. Read More

The ultimate homecare provider software checklist

November 21, 2017| Blog

You’re juggling the latest state and federal regulations, managing day-to-day operations and providing the best possible care to your members – it’s no secret that running a homecare agency is no easy feat. To help make running your business easier, we’ve outlined the ultimate homecare provider software checklist. Read More