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The Medicare Hospice Benefit is an option for any Medicare beneficiary to receive hospice care, but it’s not a requirement. Revoking the benefit is the right of the patient, however, it generally does not result in improved outcomes. To prevent hospice revocation, ensure during the admission process that patients who are... Keep Reading
The Help Choose Home podcast recently welcomed Steven Landers, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group. With a history of bringing care to people for over 100 years, VNA Health Group is the largest nonprofit provider of community home health and hospice services in New Jersey.... Keep Reading
Home health organizations have a new hurdle from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2021 Final Rule: the no-pay RAP, which introduces penalties for untimely Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) submissions. Organizations have many questions regarding submission requirements, claim components and the benefits of these changes. The OASIS Assessment... Keep Reading
The year 2020 taught organizations a great deal about the importance of emergency preparedness, the vital role caregivers play in mitigating the spread of infectious diseases and the possibility of unexpected circumstances regardless of how proactive an organization might be. As home care organizations start looking forward to a new year... Keep Reading
Hospice interdisciplinary group meetings might be shorter (and less interdisciplinary) in 2021. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalizing alterations to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), created to analyze hospice organizations’ reporting data in an effort to standardize a level of quality care. HQRP data is pulled... Keep Reading
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up care at home. In a survey by Axxess and Home Health Care News, 68% of organizations that have seen a decline in revenue cited staffing challenges during the pandemic as the cause. The average age of a nurse is 51, which is among a generation... Keep Reading
There is tremendous potential to grow a home care organization by expanding care services, and with the market expected to grow to $528 billion by 2026, adding specialty programs should be a top priority. Successfully implementing a program will require avenues for promotion, committed people providing care and clearly defined... Keep Reading
The release of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) annual final rule is highly anticipated by home health organizations eager to learn if more reimbursements and allowances are coming their way in the following year. A proposed rule is typically released prior to the final ruling, giving home... Keep Reading
A tsunami of change came when the Prospective Payment System (PPS), the method of reimbursement since 2000, was replaced with the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) in January 2020. Thirty-day billing periods replaced 60-day periods, three areas are now reviewed for payment (clinical, functional and service) and therapy thresholds have been... Keep Reading
The recent elections were historic on many levels. While the election results were not immediately clear, the message from the American voters was. Access to healthcare, particularly during a worldwide pandemic, is paramount. Republicans and Democrats alike sent a mandate to the incoming president and members of Congress that affordable, quality... Keep Reading
The Axxess Client Experience Team works hard to serve care-at-home organizations that trust our products to help them provide the best care. Our team noticed an interesting trend: clients using Axxess would frequently contact us for best practices and user efficiencies, even questions on industry regulations. It only made sense... Keep Reading
In this episode of Help Choose Home, we welcome Andrea Cohen, a social entrepreneur dedicated to transforming the way care is delivered to seniors at home. As the Founder and CEO of HouseWorks, her vision crystalized over 25 years ago when she took care of both her parents and made... Keep Reading

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