Casamba Partners with eCare21 for Remote Patient Monitoring
Agoura Hills, CA – February 19, 2020 – Casamba, a leading provider of electronic medical record (EMR) solutions for contract therapy providers, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice agencies, and outpatient therapy, announced today it has added eCare21 to its partner network. The service is available immediately to Casamba Skilled customers.
eCare21 is a mobile platform that links friends, family, caregivers and healthcare professionals in a patient-centered model of care. The eCare21 solution provides active real-time and asynchronous remote patient monitoring, medication management, and data analytic capabilities in support of sub-acute eldercare and chronic disease management.
eSolutions Introduces New DME Eligibility Platform Enhancement to Strengthen Providers' Revenue Health and Profitability
>Overland Park, Kansas — February 25 — eSolutions has released an enhancement to its Durable Medical Equipment Eligibility platform called DME Same or Similar. This new enhancement verifies all Medicare HCPCS codes, including A, L and V codes, for same or similar equipment items. This ultimately helps DME providers prevent denials, decrease write-offs and improve cash flow.
For providers, navigating DME payment is complex and costly. DME providers often get frustrated with Medicare reimbursement rules, especially when it comes to checking HCPCS codes for same or similar. Same or similar denials happen when providers submit a claim for an item that a Medicare beneficiary already rents or owns, and the item is still within its standard reasonable and useful timeline, which is usually about five years.
If DME providers do not check HCPCS codes for same or similar, they risk denials or write-offs. According to CMS, more than half of all DME claim denials are caused by provider failure to check for same or similar. The other half of denials are usually eligibility related. Previously, checking HCPCS codes for same or similar was cumbersome with no easy, automated way to check billing history for same or similar codes.
But eSolutions' new DME Same or Similar enhancement changes that. It is a fully automated HCPCS code verification system. While most programs DME providers use to manage their billing can check for HCPCS codes like E, B and K, most lack the technology to additionally verify A, L and V codes. This makes eSolutions' enhancement a major benefit to providers.
"We could not check L codes anywhere except for the CGS website or by calling the IVR system on Medicare, but we never could get access. Checking the L codes with DME Same or Similar has helped tremendously with billing Medicare bracing patients. Our overall experience has been great," said Micheal Eddleman, Orthotics Manager at Britkare Home Medical in Texas.eSolutions will exhibit at the annual MedTrade exhibit hall, March 3-5.
eSolutions' revenue cycle and workflow management tools, paired with actionable data insights, strengthen client revenue health by shortening the time between claims submission and payment, reducing audit and compliance risk, and improving overall operational outcomes.
New Jersey Organization Uses the Synzi Virtual Care Communication Platform to Enhance the Delivery of Home Health Care
St. Petersburg, FL, — February 25 — Synzi, a virtual care company, has announced that United Methodist Communities, a faith-based, non-profit organization with a 112+ year history in New Jersey, is using Synzi's virtual care platform in HomeWorks, its home care division. HomeWorks supports older adults at home as well as those transitioning from or to hospitals, assisted living or nursing homes. HomeWorks provides personal care, case management, live-in services, dementia care program (Tapestries at Home) and pastoral care.
HomeWorks selected Synzi's virtual care platform for its comprehensive HIPAA-compliant video, email, text, and secure messaging capabilities.
"We purposefully pursue technologies which enhance clients' lives and experiences. Synzi's virtual care communication platform enables our registered nurses to have additional touch points with home health aides for real-time updates on clients' conditions. With Synzi, we reassure families that we are just a virtual visit away and that our clients and aides will always have access to on-call nurses for video-based calls," said Deborah Walsh, Executive Director of HomeWorks.
With support from HomeWorks, Esther, a former UMC board member, successfully transitioned from a nursing home to her lifelong residence. The Synzi app, installed on her live-in aide's phone, has enabled face-to-face video contact with the HomeWorks' staff for about two years. Since Esther knows them well, this satisfies her desire not only for more frequent communication regarding her care, but also allows her to maintain well-established social connections. This technology and other supports have resulted in improved health.
During the initial platform deployment, HomeWorks' nurses, live-in home health aides, and other personnel are using Synzi's multi-way video to connect conveniently with clients on a regular basis and maintain contact throughout the episodes of care. Families can virtually meet the aides before they start service in a client's home. This ensures consistency in caregiving and makes the family more comfortable with the care program. Clients' family members can also participate in the virtual visits, especially if they live or work a considerable distance from their loved one.
"HomeWorks' virtual visits enable their aides to communicate and report updates and concerns to appropriate staff members in real-time. Multiple participants can be included in the video-based visits, including a specialist, family members, and an interpreter to provide the patient with the optimal support," said Lee Horner, CEO of Synzi. "With Synzi, UMC has competitively positioned itself as a client-centric partner in the community, reflecting their commitment to a higher quality of care."
UMC plans to expand the rollout of the Synzi platform across all their HomeWorks' locations, including the recently opened Haddonfield office. Synzi's secure messaging, email, and text functionality will also be utilized to provide clients and independent living residents at UMC at Bristol Glen with timely condition-specific communications and medication adherence reminders.
Synzi offers a patient program management framework that combines video, email and secure messaging communication modalities for healthcare organizations to address specific patient needs easily, efficiently, and seamlessly. Synzi uses a sophisticated platform and configurable framework, which automates and optimizes workflows across multiple modalities. This creates more valuable connections and more effective care, while bringing convenience and peace of mind to patients/members. The company helps enable better performance for healthcare organizations, better access for patients, and better outcomes for all.
About United Methodist Communities
United Methodist Communities is a not-for-profit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors affiliated in ministry with the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. The mission of the United Methodist Communities is compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life. With over 112 years of continuous operation, the organization has grown to 13 locations offering independent, residential and assisted living; Tapestries® Memory Care; respite; rehabilitation; long-term care; Bridges Hospice and Palliative Care; affordable senior housing; and case management, live-in and in-home personal care through HomeWorks.
CareTime Receives EVV Certification in Ohio
Winter Garden, Florida. — February 24 — CareTime, a software company for the home care industry, today announced its certification as an alternative Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) vendor in the state of Ohio.
To receive accreditation, CareTime demonstrated the capabilities of its EVV system as meeting the standards set forth by the Ohio Department of Medicaid, a certification process unique to that state. CareTime has home care agency customers in 35 states and has offered home care software services to Ohio-based home care agencies since 2014.
"We are gratified to serve our Ohio clients in this way with solutions that provide compliance as well as increased efficiency," said Jared Schneider, CEO of CareTime. "This certification is a major milestone following a rigorous evaluation."
As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in 2016, EVV was mandated to verify that home care recipients receive care at their home in order to provide proof for billing and to combat fraud. The state of Ohio has a contracted EVV aggregator that accepts data from different EVV vendors. All EVV vendors operating in the state must be certified by the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Home care providers can select any approved EVV vendor to maintain compliance with the mandate.
CareTime is a cloud-based home care software that intuitively manages scheduling, billing, payroll, documentation, provides electronic visit verification (EVV) through GPS and telephony, and is a communication tool for both the agencies and their clients, among many other features. CareTime saves thousands of hours and thousands of dollars every month for its more than 12,000 users.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes gains new resources to support its Community First! Village master-planned community delivering shelter and support to people in need
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — February 26, 2019 — Today the WellSky Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for vulnerable populations, announced its newest recipient of a $50,000 donation, Mobile Loaves & Fishes. MLF is a social outreach organization based in Austin, Texas serving people experiencing homelessness by empowering neighbors and communities with opportunities to take action. MLF will use WellSky Foundation funding to expand its Community First! Village, which is a 51-acre master-planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for people coming out of homelessness.
Since 2015, Community First! Village has uplifted more than 200 people off the streets and into stable housing. The neighborhood currently includes over 200 micro homes and RVs, with an additional 300 homes under development, and offers its residents a range of amenities, such as an onsite medical clinic, laundry and restroom facilities, wellness and respite center, and community gardens. MLF takes a community-based approach to delivering housing and supportive services that address the individual needs of people experiencing homelessness.
"Building empowered, supportive communities is vital to our mission of lifting our neighbors out of chronic homelessness. We firmly believe that providing housing alone won't solve homelessness, but building communities will," said Alan Graham, founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes.
"Mobile Loaves & Fishes has developed a truly innovative program that is restoring dignity to people facing homelessness throughout Austin and Travis County," said Andrea Morgan, executive director of the WellSky Foundation. "At the WellSky Foundation, we're focused on whole-person care that considers both the health and socioeconomic conditions of each individual. After seeing the Community First! Village's transformative work, we were inspired to support MLF in their efforts to serve goodness and build hope for those who need it most."
About Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Founded in 1998, Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) is a social outreach ministry that empowers communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. With the support of thousands of volunteers and more than 5.5 million meals served, MLF has grown to become the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless in Central Texas and has spawned similar food truck programs in other cities across the country. MLF is also the visionary behind Austin’s innovative Community First! Village—a 51-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. www.mlf.org
About the WellSky Foundation
The WellSky Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for vulnerable populations by removing social barriers to health, recovery, and lasting wellness. The WellSky Foundation is an engine for change, financially supporting organizations that enable care and healing for people, regardless of their socioeconomic status. With a deep understanding of the social determinants of health, the WellSky Foundation partners with community organizations that are boldly addressing the top four socioeconomic factors affecting long-term wellness — housing, food insecurity, transportation, and isolation. The WellSky Foundation is committed to funding and supporting organizations that protect the people and communities they serve and create better outcomes for people in need. Together with our community partners, the WellSky Foundation is breaking down social barriers to health and wellness to build thriving communities. To learn more about the WellSky Foundation, visit WellSkyFoundation.org.
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