The home health industry has been abuzz with talk of Medicare cuts over the past year. A proposed cut of doctor reimbursements, up to 27%, sparked major lobbying from organizations representing physicians, such as the American Medical Association. Thanks to these intense lobbying efforts, recent announcements from Congress left doctors relieved as the proposed reimbursement cuts were not implemented.
However, with a deficit looming, cuts to the Medicare budget must be made somewhere and, unfortunately, those cuts hit the home health programs under Medicare. What does this mean for private duty providers?
Private duty agencies should be prepared.
To ensure your business is prepared to deal with cuts in referrals from Medicare providers, or to deal with an influx of new customers, gear up! Arm yourself with the power of a home care software or home care system, like ClearCare. Hire well-trained caregivers. Highlight your commitment to transparency by issuing family member log-ins to your home care software or home care system. And realize that with the proper tools and knowledge, Medicare cuts don’t have to mean cuts to your private duty agency’s success.
ClearCare is a San Francisco-based software company that offers the world's first front- and back-office solution for private duty home care agencies. ClearCare's web and mobile platform for scheduling, integrated telephony, two-way caregiver messaging, and marketing makes the business of home care administration intuitive, efficient, and paper-free. With a number of home care systems on the market, over a thousand local and national home care companies have chosen ClearCare's best-of-breed system for its innovation, ease of use, and point-of-care transparency. As customers attest, the results include more efficient operations, lower administrative costs, growth in new clients and referrals, increased profits, lower turnover, and higher quality care.