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October 23, 2012

DH, NAHC alliance will include SHA

I have worked with DecisionHealth for many years across many education venues. This is an exciting opportunity for DecisionHealth and NAHC.

The alliance on education and communication also benefits Selman-Holman Associates! We will be providing ICD-10 education.

Here is some information on the NAHC-DecisionHealth alliance.

WASHINGTON D.C., October 23, 2012— Members of the National Association for Homecare and Hospice (NAHC) will see enhancements to their member benefits in 2013 as a result of a strategic alliance between NAHC and DecisionHealth.

“I am very pleased to announce this alliance with DecisionHealth, a company that has a long and distinguished record in our industry,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “This partnership provides an efficient way for us to continue to enhance the depth and breadth of our member benefits while freeing resources to focus further on advocacy.”

Mr. Halamandaris added that the new affiliation covers a broad range of efforts to benefit homecare agencies and hospices, including jointly-produced live events, collaboration on ICD-10 training and education, and preferred discounts for NAHC members on DecisionHealth coding and compliance tools and guidance. The two organizations will also collaborate on offering certification and other professional development programs.

“All of us at DecisionHealth are proud to work with NAHC, the premier advocacy organization for the homecare and hospice community,” said Steve Greenberg, President of DecisionHealth. “We look forward to best-of-breed programs and services that result from our shared expertise and deep understanding of the home care market needs.”

Additional details announced today include:

  • NAHC’s Private Duty Homecare Association of America will collaborate with DecisionHealth to jointly sponsor two conferences next year for leaders of private duty agencies.
  • DecisionHealth will offer discounts for NAHC members on its core coding and compliance products, and its most venerable and longstanding newsletters, Home Health Line and Private Duty Insider.  The latter will expand its coverage to include valuable input from NAHC’s Private Duty Homecare Association of America.
  • The two organizations will launch a series of Home Care ICD-10 Readiness Seminars. These live training events will be designed to assist HHAs with strategic, operational and financial planning to assure seamless transition toward the October 2014 ICD-10-CM mandate.
October 10, 2012

Is your ICD-10 plan back on track?

Selman-Holman Associates is ready to help you as you create your ICD-10 plan. Just contact us to learn about specific services.

In the mean time, think about how to keep your ICD-10 project team working and focused. Thanks to CMS for the information below.

Preparing for Your ICD-10 Check-in Meeting

As you hold in-person check-in meetings or conference calls, it is helpful to establish a day and time when the meeting will occur each month (e.g., 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month), so that all team members know that ICD-10 is a priority for your practice. As the transition date approaches, you should switch to more frequent meetings, weekly or biweekly.

To make sure the check-in meetings are productive, consider the following tips for holding an effective meeting:

  • Create an agenda. Developing and disseminating a brief agenda prior to the meeting will help keep the conversation on track and will allow team members to prepare their updates. 
  • Reserve time for questions. Remember to set aside time at the end of the meeting for questions from project team members.
  • Take notes and draft action items. Following each meeting, distribute key takeaways and action items to the team to keep everyone informed about any important decisions made and individual responsibilities.

During meetings, team members should plan to discuss:  

  • Progress on ICD-10 transition activities. This will help to keep the team up to date on each individual’s assigned tasks.It may also be helpful to use this time to set deadlines and goals for completing task activities.  
  • Upcoming education opportunities. Share information about local events or online trainings on ICD-10 that may benefit the team.Also, feel free to distribute ICD-10-related articles to keep the team informed about the latest ICD-10 news.  
  • Best practices. Have you done or did you hear about a novel way to address part of your transition to ICD-10? Take this time to share that information, and discuss how it can be applied in your group’s implementation plan.
  • Challenges encountered. Use this time to discuss any challenges the team has encountered, and brainstorm ways to successfully overcome these obstacles.
October 1, 2012

We’re coming to Missouri!

Selman-Holman Associates is bringing our beginning and intermediate coding to Integrity Home Care in Springfield, Mo., in October and November.

We have one-day beginning coding training Oct. 19 and 1.5-day intermediate training Nov. 29-30.
Learn more and register!

 

September 15, 2012

HHQI national campaign kick-off webinar!!

Teresa Northcutt serves as the Network Coordinator for Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC. Teresa and Selman-Holman & Associates can assist you with any of your Quality Improvement projects. Teresa can be reached at Teresa@selmanholman.com

The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign is ready to kick-off its third phase with a free webinar Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 4:00–5:30 pm ET. If you can’t make it to the live webinar, a recording will be posted to the HHQI website by Sept. 21.

The focus of the webinar will be HHQI website enhancements including tools, BPIPs, and resources. One new feature to the webinar is that you still need to login, but you can stay logged in indefinitely, if you wish.

To register for the webinar

HHQI website

September 5, 2012

For your HHAs finanical health, OIG list is key when hiring new employees

HHAs should check the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) when hiring new employees. This is key to avoiding monetary penalties.   

Cooperative Home Care in Missouri agreed to pay $121,010 for employing an individual that it knew or should have known was excluded from participation in Federal health care programs, the OIG says.

And after it self disclosed conduct to the OIG, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern Florida Inc. in Florida,agreed to pay $73,428 for the same violation.  “Anyone who hires an individual or entity on the LEIE may be subject to civil monetary penalties,” the OIG warns on its website.

For those agencies who have never checked its contractors, employees and referring physicians,  go to http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov/ Five names can be entered in at a time. There is also a searchable downloadable version.

Supplemental exclusion and reinstatement files are posted monthly on the OIG website so users can merge these files with a version of the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities that is stored on their computer and check monthly for any updates.

Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC is working on completing its compliance plan for home health agencies. We will perform compliance audits and provide the materials and education to implement your compliance plan.