nTakt Articles

Palliative Care Billing

Many Palliative Care programs struggle financially. One key component of sustainability involves having an effective Medicare Part B billing process. Here are 5 do’s and don’ts that will lift the profitability of your community-based palliative program. DO Streamline Documentation Accurate & complete documentation is essential to minimize claim denials. Providers need a simple (read “low burden”) process that allows them to efficiently record patient encounters and then seamlessly transfer this information to the billing department for processing. Your EHR may

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SMARTMD AND NTAKT SELECTED BY MCLEOD HEALTH TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR LAUNCH OF HOME-BASED PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM

Thanks to a supporting grant from The Duke Endowment, McLeod Health teams up with SMARTMD and nTakt to provide software and process support, respectively, to meet the needs of underserved patients in the South Carolina communities they serve. (Florence, SC – June 4, 2019) SMARTMD Corporation recently announced that its software for mobile providers was chosen by McLeod Health for their new Home-Based Palliative Care Program which was established to address the needs of underserved patients in Florence and Horry

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Busting The Palliative Care Loss Leader Myth

Hospice and Palliative Care in the United States are now over 50 years old. Originally founded to help patients manage symptoms associated with severe illness and end-of-life, providers deliver unparalleled care for those patients who need it most. Frequently, Healthcare organizations that serve Hospice patients offer Palliative Care as an extra level of support for patients who are not yet eligible for Hospice care. In fact, approximately 35% of all Palliative Care patients eventually become eligible for Hospice care. In

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Standardization and Scaling of a Community-Based Palliative Care Model

Background: Although limited, the descriptions of Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) demonstrates variability in team structures, eligibility, and standardization across care settings. Objective: In 2014, Four Seasons Compassion for Life, a nonprofit hospice and palliative care (PC) organization in Western North Carolina (WNC), was awarded a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health Care Innovation (CMMI) Award to expand upon their existing innovative model to implement, evaluate, and demonstrate CBPC in the United States. The objective of this article is to

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Tracking Patients in Community-Based Palliative Care through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Healthcare Innovation Project

In 2014, Four Seasons Compassion for Life was awarded a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Healthcare Innovation Award to expand an existing CBPC model into additional counties and to propose a new payment approach. The goal of this article is to evaluate the tracking of point of entry into palliative care and patient transition outcomes in the model.   Background: Although limited, the evidence base for Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) has shown that it improves patient health outcomes, increases

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