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SIM Employee Spotlight Apryl

10.21.2022

QA manager brings a down-to-earth approach clients, clinicians and coders find refreshing

With more than 20 years of experience in home health, Apryl Swafford knows the most complicated ins and outs of the business, the complexities of frequently changing regulations that affect…

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Agencies Target 3 Key Areas for VBP Preparation in Q4 SimiTree

10.19.2022

Agencies target 3 key areas for VBP prep in Q4

Home health agencies are targeting key performance areas such as acute care hospitalization, emergency department use, care coordination and patient satisfaction in a bid to improve their scores for the…

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Clinical Diligence is the No. 1 Deal Killer SimiTree

10.19.2022

What’s the No. 1 deal killer?

In the world of mergers, acquisitions and consolidation, the path to signing the deal is fraught with thorny complications that can bog down the process, open a Pandora’s box of…

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Medicare Advantage Plans Will Participate in its VBID Model SimiTree

10.19.2022

Shift in payors brings more work to billers

Agencies could be blindsided by new staffing demands A new dynamic is shaping up in the back offices of agencies of all sizes, where billers are seeing ballooning workloads based…

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MA Plans Account for Quarter of Revenue SimiTree

10.19.2022

MA plans account for quarter of revenue

Medicare Advantage is projected by industry advocacy groups to be the dominant form of Medicare within the next two years, and SimiTree data analysts say MA plans already account for…

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Supreme Court Turns Away Challenge to Health Care Vaccine Mandate SimiTree

10.19.2022

Supreme Court turns away 10-state challenge to vaccine mandate

A legal challenge to the COVID-19 health care worker vaccination mandate by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not be heard by the U. S.

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HQRP Measures Continue Through FY2023 SimiTree

10.19.2022

HQRP measures continue through FY2023

By Maureen Kelleher, RN, MBA SimiTree Senior Manager The FY2022 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) contains four quality measures that capture care across the hospice stay.

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10.14.2022

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency renewed

The nation’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has been extended through the remainder of 2022 and into January 2023, and COVID-19 waivers and flexibilities will remain intact for healthcare providers for…

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Too Small to Outsource

10.12.2022

Too small to outsource? Agencies reconsider as margins tighten

For small home health agency owners battling rising labor and supply costs against a backlog of claims waiting to be processed and a spate of claim denials, Medicare’s proposed pay…

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