I am excited to report that I’ve joined forces with 21st Century Healthcare Consultants in developing a comprehensive Hospice Start Up Program. I’ve long been impressed with their work in the home health industry and when the company started discussing the addition of hospice to their line of offerings, if they could just find the right person a..a.we’ll, obviously I’m THE right person!
The program will consist of all the necessary program materials as well as 3 days of on site consulting from yours-truly. This includes not only the critical education in the hospice industry and managing financial and clinical outcomes but also practical aspects of how to meet regulatory requirements of developing a bereavement program, a volunteer program, running an efficient interdisciplinary group meeting, executing contracts with required inpatient and respite facilities, the medical director, durable medical equipment and pharmacy.
If you follow my blog, or if you have ever met me you know that my personal mission in life is “keeping people out of the (insert expletive) hospital!”
I’m finding this partnership is definitely an opportunity to evangelize the gift of hospice and assist those similarly inspired to provide the highest quality end of life care.
For more information about the program, visit http://www.1stproviders.com/about-us
2014 is bringing many changes to the hospice industry. Outcome reporting is looking a lot like OASIS reporting and software selection is going to prove crucial in managing those changes.
I am so pleased to announce that I am returning to CHAP and consulting after a year in the “real world”. I have learned so much.
I plan to return to CHAP in January (they have tablets now!!) and am looking forward to seeing many of my old friends and making new ones.
Please consult the Consulting Services tab for a comprehensive menu of services provided. I can also do survey prep (a one day on site prior to committing to patients) and help to strategize minimizing the start up costs associated with admitting too many or too costly patients while providing charity care.
Another discussion that I can assist with is initial marketing strategy, software selection, contract negotiations and leadership selection and training.
I look forward to hearing from those of you considering hospice as a business as well as a calling as well as from those of you who have served tirelessly and need to update your knowledge base to current regulatory standards.
I am so proud to endorse my friend Theresa Scott at www.mytexla.com for her expertise in hospice billing and coding. Sure, she does LOTs of other stuff, including home health billing, collections, claims recovery, and she does it all BRILLIANTLY.
However, I’m REALLY excited about adding a hospice billing/coding company to the resources in my toolbox for hospice clients. There just aren’t that many folks that know hospice and with the latest changes in hospice regulations, its impossible to just push a button to bill a hospice anymore. oh, remember the days, sigh…
There have been a few important payment conditions in hospice in the past 18 months. One, adding comorbidities and secondary diseases. Remember the days when you just had to discern the terminal illness?
Medicare Part D! Jeez Louise! Hope your pharmacy provider is on top of this potentially costly Medicare recoupment for medications that should’ve been paid by hospice but weren’t, or how to assist patients in getting medications that you aren’t covering when they are denied by Medicare Part D.
And what about the Hospice OASIS equivalent? The Hospice Information Set which started on July 1, 2014. Now, it’s not QUITE the equivalent, it’s only collecting data on about 7 items, but it is transmitted within 30 days of admission and 14 days of transfer or discharge.
So, having a hospice biller and coder in my back yard, whom I’ve worked with personally is a secret I’ve been keeping to myself. However, given the increased complexity we are seeing in hospice it feels like a good time to share her with my past, current, and future clients.
Give her a call at 972-922-2409