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Probe and Educate Procedures for Medicare Administrators

September 27, 2017 11:01 pm Published by

CMS has recently issued Change Request 10249, which will expand Probe and Educate medical review procedures for all Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC). These new procedures went into effect on October 1, 2017. As a Medicare-funded agency, here is some information that you should know about CR 10249. New Targeted Probe and Educate Strategy The MAC will be required to identify... View Article

Emergency Preparedness Training

September 19, 2017 10:58 pm Published by

As of November 16, 2017, all home and hospice care providers that participate with Medicare and Medicaid are required to meet new emergency preparedness requirements. These new regulations for care workers are extensive and will require your agency to develop: A comprehensive emergency plan for a wide range of emergencies that could occur at your location. Implementation of policies and procedures... View Article

Making Home Care Work Worth Doing

September 12, 2017 10:56 pm Published by

Working in home care should be worth doing. Home health care and nonmedical home care are among the fastest growing professions in the United States. However, despite the growth, it’s estimated that one-fourth of home care workers are living in poverty, and that 4 in 10 will leave the occupation within a year. A new book published by Russell Sage Foundation titled,... View Article

Dementia Caregivers More Likely to Hire Help

September 5, 2017 10:54 pm Published by

Recent research conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association studied the experiences of people who acted as an unpaid caregiver to a relative or friend who suffered from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Providing care for a relative or a friend who has dementia is a big responsibility. In the industry, it’s referred to as... View Article

What Medicaid Pays for Home Care

August 29, 2017 12:28 pm Published by

There’s no denying that home-based care services can prolong the amount of time that an individual can continue to live independently in their home, instead of an assisted living facility. In many cases, it is also the most cost-efficient way to provide care to patients who do not yet require 24/7 care. Home Care vs. Assisted Living Currently, two million Americans... View Article

Providers Turn to Home Care Mobile Technologies

August 22, 2017 12:25 pm Published by

The intersection of home care and home health care means that the mobile technologies empowering home care agencies are also being adopted by medical care providers. More providers are turning to home care mobile technologies to improve the quality of patient care, while reducing their costs under value-based reimbursement. To meet the growing demand for quality home-based care, the Home... View Article

Pros and Cons of Technology in Home Care

August 15, 2017 12:17 pm Published by

Technology can be a wonderful thing. It can make our lives easier by automating processes for work and in the home. And lately, new advances in technology have made it possible for people with disabilities and aging adults to remain in their home longer with the aid of home care, instead of having to move to a nursing home. As... View Article

GoT Jon Snow Advocates for Care Workers

August 8, 2017 12:13 pm Published by

Maybe Jon Snow knows nothing, but Kit Harrington, the actor who plays him on Game of Thrones, knows a thing or two about the looming crisis facing the learning disability sector in the United Kingdom. A recent government ruling threatens to require care providers, including Mencap, to pay up to six years of back pay to “sleep-in” care workers. Harrington,... View Article

Automated Billing for Direct Care

July 31, 2017 6:18 pm Published by

Keeping track of billables for services provided by your direct care agency, while making sure that you’re always within authorized limits, is time-consuming. Not to mention remaining in compliance with Medicare, Medicaid and other federal regulations. If you’re not using an automated billing system, this time spent on billing takes away your focus from other areas of your business, and this... View Article

Getting Beyond Manual Processes at Work

July 21, 2017 6:17 pm Published by

Are manual processes wasting your company time and money? Trying to keep information up-to-date in Excel sheets or an Access database can keep you from always having the most up-to-date information. Managing timesheets, employee tax records, billing, and training is difficult and time-consuming when you have to manually enter information. Not having accurate and up-to-date information at all times makes it difficult... View Article

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