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July 10, 2012
Homecare Homebase™ Ensures Agencies Comply with New York Medicaid changes

(Dallas, TX) – Homecare Homebase announces that its New York-based customers have successfully made the transition to comply with the revised New York Medicaid Episodic Payment System (EPS.) As a result of the migration from a fee for service model, to a PPS model, NY Medicaid’s new payment system, Homecare Homebase developers worked hand-in-hand with customers to make necessary functionality and programming changes to adapt the Homecare Homebase solution to the new NY Medicaid system.  

Homecare Homebase began this adaptation in late 2011, and successfully met the May 1st deadline set by NY Medicaid, making it possible for their customers to complete and file claims immediately after the system change with no delays in billing and no impact to cash flow.

“The NY Medicaid change was one of our biggest concerns in choosing a new software solution last summer and the most critical challenge we gave to Homecare Homebase before we signed (June 2011). We are thrilled that they not only completely fulfilled the requirement but really hit it out of the park as far as partnering with us, making this a smooth process and making the whole experience very positive, productive and efficient,” commented Bill Knitter, Director of IT for HCR Home Care of New York.

Homecare Homebase, developed by home health and hospice professionals, is the most comprehensive, cloud-based enterprise software solution available, allowing users to decrease costs and streamline agency operations, without compromising care. Homecare Homebase is committed to collaborating with customers and development partners to stay on top of constantly changing regulations and advancing technology to ensure customers can focus on providing the best in patient care while meeting all necessary federal and state guidelines for billing and clinical documentation.

“WILLCARE attributes a significant portion of its revenue to NY Medicaid, over 2000 patients annually – so getting this right was key,” said WILLCARE Director of Compliance, Ann Gemerek. “Homecare Homebase showed a high level of cooperation and collaboration with us and the other interested parties. They involved us every step of the way to make sure the functionality worked and was right. We were able to successfully maintain our operations after the billing switch-over to the new system without missing a beat.”

Homecare Homebase continues to work closely with their New York-based customers to further refine the new functionality and ensure it is effective and efficient for their billing teams. Other enhancements are currently underway to meet the 5010 compliance requirements that are due 7/1 for NY Medicaid.

“Homecare Homebase will always meet regulatory deadlines within the software to service our customers, what makes us stand out from our competition is that we work closely with customers each step of the way, testing and vetting any functional changes well in advance of the imposed deadlines and we ensure the users have ample time to test and get acquainted with the new changes. Partnering on these types of projects is the best way to ensure the solution meets the customer’s needs both immediately and in the long-run to successfully manage their businesses and most importantly care for patients,” said Tom Maxwell, Chief Strategy Officer at Homecare Homebase.

About HCR

HCR provides nursing, therapy, home health aide service, and companion care to older adults in the comfort of their homes. It is the only home care agency in our region to be designated a winner of the national Top 100 Home Care Elite Award, and is a valued partner of Minority Reporter and LaVoz newspapers.

About WILLCARE

WILLCARE is a Medicare certified and New York State licensed home health care company, headquartered in Buffalo and accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program. WILLCARE is a comprehensive provider of home health care services that include skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapies, home health aides, Lend-A-Friend™ companions, and supportive services in Western New York, the Hudson Valley region, Connecticut, and Northeast Ohio.

About Homecare Homebase, LLC

Homecare Homebase, based in Dallas, Texas, is a leading healthcare software company serving the technology needs of the fast growing homecare and hospice industry. Twice named Best In KLAS for Homecare by KLAS in 2010 and 2011 “Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” report, Homecare Homebase offers a comprehensive integrated cloub-based software solution to improve the clinical, operational and financial success of homecare and hospice agencies. Homecare Homebase enables real-time, wireless information exchange and communication between office staff, field staff and physicians; automates workflow processes; enables accurate billing through numerous integrated checks and balances; and, provides powerful management reporting via a back-office data analysis tool that ties together all agency operational information. Founded by industry veterans in 1999, every aspect of the Homecare Homebase system was developed to be user-friendly, flexible and customizable to specific agency needs. For more information, visit www.hchb.com or contact us toll free at 1-866-535-HCHB (4242).

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