Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Month in the Life of AAHomecare

For more than 110 years, the New York Times has proclaimed that their paper carries “All the news that’s fit to print.”

While a major daily newspaper in a major American city certainly does contain a lot of news, if you’re looking for information focused on homecare, there are better sources.

For instance, AAHomecare members have the latest news delivered directly to their inboxes every Wednesday. And for stories that are too hot to wait, special alerts go out immediately. We even publish periodical newsletters that focus on issues related to homecare in general (DME Matters) and mobility in particular (Mobility Matters).

The Association also uses social media sites like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook to keep people informed and have nearly real-time conversations with the homecare community. These sites help us to connect our members with a stream of relevant articles from news outlets across the country in addition to the articles we produce in-house.

Running a business can keep a person busy from sun up to sun down and beyond. But even with all that there is to do in any given 24-hour period, stepping back and looking outside of the daily routine is the key to maintaining a healthy business. How else will you know what’s coming at you from CMS and their alphabet soup of contractors?

If you’re not an AAHomecare member, or if you haven’t been reading your Wednesday in Washington emails, here’s just some of what you missed in October alone:
  • Guidance on Round 1 Recompete contracts
  • Advice on overpayments and surety bonds
  • Updated oxygen supplier requirements and licensure review tools from the National Supplier Clearinghouse 
  • Summary of the CERT errors report
  • Seminar on patient billing and collections
  • Substantial savings on AAHomecare’s new customizable Focus on Compliance Workbook 
  • Opportunity to participate in a survey on power mobility repairs that will be shared with CMS
  • New scoring guidelines for hypopnea from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 
  • Introduction of a new Medicare claim review contractor 
  • New Medicare overpayment/underpayment interest rate
  • Update on 2014 Medicare fee-for-service regulations for end-stage renal disease
  • Profile of a HME provider running for state office in Georgia.
  • Initial guidance on documentation requirements for abandoned oxygen patients
  • Findings from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General on the appeals process
To get the full benefit of our news operations, join AAHomecare. But if you’re not quite ready to take that step, be a part of the conversation online—friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to us on YouTube.

Don’t go another month missing out on vital information that affects the day-to-day running of your business.

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