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Testimonials

In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

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VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

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President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human element...it’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

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Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

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Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

 

Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

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Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

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Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

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Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

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Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

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Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

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Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

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Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

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Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

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National Council of Aging

Health care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

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Former President Bill Clinton

ICD-10 Resource Page

Introduction

Welcome to the NAHC ICD-10 Resource page. NAHC  and the home health and hospice vendor community have a shared goal in assuring  that agencies are adequately preparing for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis coding. Included on the page are education and guidance materials along with tools to assist our members in attaining  that goal.

The materials have been provided by home health and hospice vendors who work with the NAHC membership. In addition to the materials, the vendors have provided their contact information along with a brief company profile.

The contributing vendors are listed in the order that their information was received by NAHC and do not reflect a preference or hierarchy.

ICD-10 Resources

A.D. Maxim Consulting, LLC

A.D. Maxim Consulting, LLC is an industry-leading home health and hospice consulting firm. We provide Agencies with educational seminars, ADR & Appeal support, plans of correction, and much more. Our services include Outsourced Coding and an ICD-10 Coaching Program.

The ICD10CoachAlex Coaching Program is designed to provide preparation guidance for home health administrators through the use of a step-by-step written guide and live webinar sessions.

Information about the ICD10CoachAlex program can be found at www.icd10coachalex.com.

A.D. Maxim Consulting also provides Coding Services (ICD-9 and ICD-10). Whether you want to outsource all of your coding or just supplement your in-house coders, A.D. Maxim Consulting will deliver high-quality coding and QA services as needed.

For Outsourced Coding information, please visit www.admaximconsulting.com.

Vendor Readiness Questionnaire

PPS Plus Software

Arm your agency against the complexity of ICD-10, while achieving clinical and financial accuracy, with PPS Plus Software’s industry-leading OASIS analysis software. PPS Plus Software also offers exceptional benchmarking services, clinical consulting, educational services, coding and OASIS review services, as well as HHCAHPS services.

It’s important to involve all members of your agency in preparing for a successful ICD-10 implementation. A detailed plan is imperative and should identify each member’s specific duties, responsibilities and deadlines. Your success will depend on everyone’s knowledge of current processes, procedures, budgets, education plans and communication methods.

PPS Plus Software can help ensure you and your staff identify needs and resources early in the ICD-10 preparation process with these helpful services:

  • OASIS Analysis Plus – Achieve OASIS and reimbursement accuracy with industry-leading OASIS analysis software, while preparing for the new coding system with a built-in ICD-10 Prep Report.
  • Coding and OASIS Review – PPS Plus Software’s trained expert clinicians will review your OASIS data, notes, records, then provide recommendations to increase your clinical accuracy.
  • Education & Consulting – Request a private, online and/or on-site workshop to boost your knowledge on important industry topics: ICD-9, ICD-10, documentation, compliance and more! PPS Plus Software’s Education Director, Jennifer Warfield, is a certified ICD-10-CM trainer with over 30 years of clinical experience.
  • FREE PPS Plus Software App – Access thousands of ICD-9 codes, wound stages/definitions and a MAHC-10 Fall Risk Assessment tool. Download for free on Android & Apple smart phones.

Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC

Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC Home health and hospice consultants offering a full range of services and products for successful ICD-10-CM transition with top notch education and consulting. www.selmanholman.com   214.550.1477

Code Pro University (by Selman-Holman)   Comprehensive role-based online education for improving documentation and readiness for ICD-10-CM. All levels of ICD-9-CM instruction, documentation for hospice and home health, anatomy and physiology, and ICD-10-CM coding for all levels of hospice and home health coders are available. Learn now and for the future of home health care coding with Code Pro U. wwwcodeprou.com 214.550.1477

CoDR- Coding Done Right (by Selman-Holman)   Top of the line home health and hospice coding service for getting your coding done correctly and in a timely manner. We maintain the highest standards in the business for our coders and our service. If you need to get it done right, get Coding Done Right in your corner. www.codingdoneright.com 214.550.1477

Intake Questions: ICD-10 will require that better/more clinical information be obtained at intake. This form was developed with both home health and hospice in mind. Included are prompts in a documentation template for deriving accurate, complete information for your Plan of Care and coding. Download PDF.
 
Coding Terminology for Hospice & Coding Terminology for Home Health
Beginning coders, or those without previous formal education, may not understand the significance of coding and its relationship to the Plan of Care and the claim.Download Home Health PDF Download Hospice PDF.
 
Tabular Chapter Cheater  All codes begin with a letter and it is helpful if you know what those letters stand for when accessing the codes or checking a claim. This 'Chapter Cheater' is a great way to remember the chapters.Download PDF.

DecisionHealth

As the home health industry’s leading source of guidance, DecisionHealth is on the cutting-edge, creating products and programs that simplify and streamline agency operations. Like our PIVOT to ICD-10 program, a fully-customizable, step-by-step program to guide you through ICD-10 implementation. Get started on your training, and let DecisionHealth be your ICD-10 partner.  Visit www.decisionhealth.com/icd-10 for program details.
 
Get started with these must-have resources:

Home Health Implementation Answers  – Create your complete, detailed ICD-10 program from the ground up with expert guidance and easy-to-use tools, checklists, and timetables to assess and prepare your agency.
 
Home Health & Hospice Online University  – Jump into the ICD-10 pathway of this interactive, online university and learn ICD-10 through hands-on training complete with audio, illustrations and end-of-lesson quizzes. Plus, you can choose from three training curricula: Clinical, Coding Specialist & Agency Personnel for the most targeted training possible!
 
Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual, Preliminary Edition  – Get your ICD-10 transition off to a strong, targeted start with the one ICD-10 draft book that’s specific to home health!
 
Home Health Coding Center  – Ensure prompt, full reimbursement today, through the ICD-10 transition and beyond, with this web-based coding application that contains the full ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets, expert guidance and coding tips.
 
Don’t miss out on FREE ICD-10 training tools:
Subscribe to PIVOT Points, a free monthly ICD-10 ezine to get ICD-10 training tools delivered right to your inbox! www.decisionhealth.com/icd-10

Fazzi Associates

Fazzi Associates is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected organizations of its kind dedicated to home care and hospice. Founded in 1978 by Dr. Robert Fazzi, the organization focuses on helping home health and hospice agencies solve their core industry challenges through our coding services, consulting, benchmarking, training, and national research projects. Fazzi Associates and NAHC partner together on a number of projects in the home care and hospice communities. www.fazzi.com/

Fazzi has web-based, self-paced training available for Home Health and Hospice specific ICD-10 coding developed by our AHIMA approved ICD-10 trainers. The BCHH-C exam for ICD-10 is also available on-line. The National Credentialing Board of Home Health and Hospice Coding credentialing exam is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Training products are available at: store.fazzi.com/

For free webinars on ICD-10 coding and other ICD-10 resources, sign up at the Fazzi Coding Academy at www.fazzi.com/the-coding-academy.html

RBC Limited

RBC Limited Healthcare and Management Consultants have a long rich 25 year history of partnering with NAHC and state associations to provide services to the healthcare industry.  We are committed to partnering with providers to customize strategies that cultivate growth and change to meet and far exceed organizational goals, RBC Limited has enhanced provider outcomes by developing solutions and delivering results.

RBC Limited has AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainers to support your ICD-10 Implementation and success strategies.  A sampling of our customized services includes:

  • Expert analysis of current code practices that meet regulatory and provider goals;
  • Code Best Practices to streamline ICD-10-CM Code Assignment and support data accuracy and integrity;
  • I-10 Education Programs (remote or on-site) that address high risk practices and complement agency goals and resources;
  • Oversight of I-10 Outsource Vendors to ensure delivery of contracted code and audit services.

Contact RBC Limited: T- (845) 889-8128, email- rbc@netstep.net or visit our Website at www.rbclimited.com to discuss customized, results oriented services that ensure effective and efficient I-10 Code Practices.

Coding resources and web-based education programs can be found on

RBC Limited's education site/store

 

Foundation Management Services, Inc. – Coding to Go – Outsource Coding Service (NEW REDUCED PRICE)

Under the current reimbursement system, there are no margins for errors. FMS has the solution for accurate home care coding, sequencing, and optimal reimbursement. By partnering with an industry-leading service, your field staff and case managers will have more time to focus on quality patient care and proper documentation. Coding-To-Go gives your agency access to Certified Home Care Coding Specialists (HCS-D), who are audited for accuracy.

Benefits of Coding-To-Go:

  • Guaranteed 24-business hour turn-around
  • Reduced stress in your office
  • More time for clinicians to focus on other tasks
  • Optimized reimbursement with proper sequencing by certified coders

Products:

Decades of experience in the Home Care and Hospice industry equip FMS staff in offering proven results through exceptional products and creative training essential to the success of your agency. From cheat sheets to quick reference tools we have everything you need to get on the right track.  Let FMS help your agency transition and education your team on ICD-10.

 

  • ICD-10 Cheat Sheet
  • ICD-9 to ICD-10: 50 Most Common Primary Diagnosis in Home Health Cheat Sheet
  • ICD-10 Documentation Cheat Sheet
  • ICD-10 Cardio Pulmonary Issues for Hospice Cheat Sheet
  • External Cause Code Cheat Sheet
  • Z Code Cheat Sheet
  • Learning to Go – ICD-10
  • Learning to Go –Anatomy & Physiology
  • Quick Guide for ICD-10

Coding Audits

ALREADY DOING YOUR OWN CODING? - LET THE EXPERTS IMPROVE YOUR ACCURACY.
Home care coding is one area in which you simply can’t afford to make mistakes. With our Coding Audits, we can provide you with a snapshot of your agency’s coding by doing a complete review of a batch of your Start of Care Assessments. Once the audit is complete, a coding expert will explain the findings in a private tutorial session. Our nationally-recognized Director of Coding will personally walk you through a trend report that will highlight any deficiencies and target training solutions for your coding team. Coding Audits are available as needed or on a monthly or quarterly basis.
 
Contact us today:
info@fms-regional.com
www.askFMS.com
800.213.4732

 











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