Home Healthcare Business Consultants

Opportunities to start a home healthcare agency continue to grow due to the elderly population and preference of most retired Americans to be cared for in their homes. Starting a home healthcare agency to meet this great demand for home care and home health care services is both rewarding and profitable. Our home healthcare agency consultants will help you start a home healthcare agency without the franchise or royalty fees. 

In a May 7, 2012 article, USA Today News said that the home healthcare agency is one of the top five most profitable businesses in the United States. The article also cited high owner satisfaction and nearly immediate returns on investments made in the home healthcare agency with newer home healthcare agencies typically averaging 12% to 15% in net profits and an average annual revenue of $248,000. Thanks to high demand, the low overhead and respectable return on investment, home health care, specifically for senior care, is prospering. Our home healthcare agency consultants will help to assure that your home healthcare agency startup grows to be successful. 

A home healthcare agency offers services to the disabled and elderly population. The home healthcare agency will go to the patient’s home to provide home care or home health care services. Our home healthcare agency consultants will provide home healthcare agency training to your home healthcare agency and staff to help understand how to market to and care for our elderly and disabled population. 

Initially, it is very important to understand the distinction between starting a home healthcare agency versus starting a non-medical home care business. Our home healthcare agency consultants will help you to better understand this difference and which home care business startup is right for you. Our home healthcare agency consultants can help you start a home care business or a home healthcare agency. 

A home healthcare agency will administer skilled, licensed nursing and rehab therapy services under physician’s orders with strict guidelines imposed. A home healthcare agency will require extensive home health care licensing and home health care accreditation for Private Duty or Medicare Accreditation. Our home healthcare agency consultants will get your home healthcare agency accredited for CHAP Private Duty or CHAP Medicare Accreditation. Once your home healthcare agency is CHAP Medicare Accredited your home healthcare agency will be able to bill Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies.

A non-medical home care business will offer personal care and/or companion care services. A companion care business offers assistance with daily living activities, meal preparation, housekeeping and transportation.

A personal care business is similar to a companion care business, but the personal care business can also touch the client; changing diapers, bathing and performing other hands on activities. The home care businesses are vital for the elderly and disabled population to remain safe and comfortable in their homes. Private pay rather than 3rd party billing sources are the most common form of payment for non-medical home care business, although, a home care business may find opportunity billing Medicaid and other state programs as well as long term care insurance companies.

A non-medical home care business license will typically allow you to take part in Medicaid programs in your state. When a home care business license is not required CHAP Accreditation may be required to take part in Medicaid programs. CHAP Medicare Accreditation is not available to a non-medical home care business. A home care business is not able to bill Medicare as Medicare Accreditation only applies to the skilled nursing offered by a home healthcare agency. If you do wish to bill medicare, please ask our home healthcare agency consultants how your home healthcare agency can achieve CHAP Medicare Accreditation. 

CHAP Medicare Accreditation

To remain competitive, home healthcare agency’s must often revisit their home healthcare agency mission to improve the quality of services and maintain their fiscal viability. To do this effectively, we suggest you consider the benefits of CHAP Medicare Accreditation using the CHAP Accrediting Body for your home healthcare agency. We have had the privilege of helping more than a thousand home healthcare agencies achieve both Private Duty and CHAP Medicare Accreditation using the CHAP accrediting body.

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Our home healthcare agency consultants include a mix of 22 healthcare professionals. This includes former Senior CHAP Accreditation and JCAHO Joint Commission Accreditation site surveyors.

Ask how 100% of our home healthcare agency clients have achieved State licensure, CHAP Accreditation for CHAP Private Duty and CHAP Medicare Accreditation by allowing our home healthcare agency consultants to consult their home healthcare agency’s through the CHAP Medicare Accreditation process using the CHAP Accrediting Body.

 

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2015 OASIS UPDATES

JANUARY 1, 2015
21ST CENTURY HEALTH CARE CONSULTANTS


OASIS-C1/ ICD-9 Version

  • OASIS-C1/ ICD-9 Version is an interim version of OASIS that was created for use during the legislatively mandated ICD-10 delay;
  • To create the OASIS-C1/ ICD-9 Version, the following five items which use ICD-10 codes have been removed from the OASIS-C1 data item set: (M1011, M1017, M1021, M1023, M1025); and
  • The five ICD-10 based items have been replaced with corresponding ICD-9 based items from the OASIS-C data item set (M1010, M1016, M1020, M1022, and M1024);
  • The replacement items retain their OASIS-C based numbering in the OASIS-C1/ ICD-9 Version data item set.
  • OASIS-C1/ ICD-9 Version will go into effect on January 1, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. (E.T.);
  • OASIS-C1/ ICD-9 Version will remain in effect until one of the following events occur (whichever occurs first):
    • September 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.;
    • ICD-10 is implemented; or
    • Another decision is made by CMS.

OASIS-C1

OASIS-C1 will go into effect upon the occurrence of one of the following events, (whichever occurs first):

  • 12:00 a.m. (E.T.) on October 1, 2015; or
  • 12:00 a.m. (E.T.) on the first day that ICD-10 goes live

Changes to the Submission Process for OASIS-C1

  • Effective January 1, 2015, all OASIS assessment data will be submitted to CMS via the national OASIS Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system.  
  • With the implementation of the OASIS ASAP system, Home Health Agencies will no longer submit OASIS assessment data to CMS via their state databases.
  • In order to transition the OASIS data submission process from the state databases to the ASAP system:
    • The state based OASIS data submission system will shut down permanently at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on December 26, 2014;
    • The OASIS ASAP system will become available at 12:00 a.m. (ET) on January 1, 2015. 
    • During the time period of December 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (ET) through December 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (ET), no OASIS assessment data will be accepted.  However, OASIS assessment data collected during this time period, may be submitted on or after January 1, 2015 using the ASAP system.
  • Any OASIS assessments submitted on or after January 1, 2015, must be submitted using the ASAP system;
    • OASIS-C data must be submitted using version 2.10 of the OASIS data submission specifications, which supports OASIS-C data submission; and
    • OASIS-C1 data must be submitted using version 2.11 of the OASIS data submission specifications, which supports OASIS-C1 data submission.

OASIS-C1/ ICD-9 Version Guidance Manual

The final guidance manual for the OASIS-C1/ ICD-9 Version data item set, effective January 1, 2015, is now available in the Downloads on the CMS website.

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