HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE Software


 

HEALTHCAREfirst is a Web-based agency management software solution designed specifically for home health and hospice care.

This system gives home health and hospice agencies access to a complete solution to manage all facets of their businesses, from scheduling, patient care and clinical documentation to billing, payroll, and regulatory compliance including OASIS, Hospice Item Set and CAHPS.

Using the software's workflows, field and office staff have immediate access to patient, demographic and administrative features from anywhere, at any time.

Home health agencies can also take advantage of HEALTHCAREfirst's fully integrated mobile solution for point of care documentation, which doesn't require an Internet connection and automatically syncs when a connection is detected.

Customer support is available to users through online chat, by email or telephone.

 

HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE  - Note visit and messaging
 
  • HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE  - Note visit and messaging
    Note visit and messaging
  • HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE  - Care plan guidance
    Care plan guidance
  • HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE  - Visit order creation
    Visit order creation
  • HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE  - Messaging home screen
    Messaging home screen
  • HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE  - Patient and personnel alerts
    Patient and personnel alerts
  • HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE  - Verification of charges
    Verification of charges
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

37 Reviews of HEALTHCAREfirst firstHOMECARE and firstHOSPICE

 
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from Western Summit Rehabilitation
Specialty: Home Health Care
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

I'm not a huge fan of this system

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This system makes you jump through a lot of hoops to document basic tasks. Many of the clinical forms are well written and complete.

Pros

Therapy notes are very complete and allow documentation of functional impact of your Plan of Care.

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Long-time users like this system but newer users often get lost in the maze-like pages and pages needed for each clinical note. The time to document individual notes is ridiculous. Once in a while the system actually looses a note and it takes a long time to re-create it.

Advice to Others

This might be thorough but the time it takes to document each note could cripple your staff.

 
 

from WHHH Consulting
Specialty: Home Health Care
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

It's an OK starting software for a start up

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I implemented this product for a brand-new home health start up and I flew to Springfield to attend training on site. I found the people to be nice and the trainer was knowledgeable and entertaining.

Pros

The things I liked about the product were
• Ease of use
• Due to being web-based there's no actual implementation.
• No crazy set up for permissions

Cons

The things I did not like about the system are as follows
• No real customization ?
• The billing portion and general ledger portion are not as user-friendly as the rest of the system.

Advice to Others

This product is very basic and does not offer a lot of customization options and other software does so if you're looking for something that will grow with you as a company this is not the right product for you but if you are small and you're going to say relatively small and you don't feel the need to be able to customize assessment templates or workflows things like that then this is fine for you.

 
 

from Talbot Hospice
Specialty: Hospice Care
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

Poor social work content

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Like all the Hospice Software I've seen, it is a shame the designers didn't consult with NHPCO to understand what would be useful for social work content.
Generally speaking, this one is not intuitive, with many steps that easily cause errors. One simple example: Why would there be no way to alert staff that they haven't completed and signed an order?

Pros

The basic accessibility of all products: remote access at any time.

Cons

Easy to make mistakes. Poor content for social work.

Advice to Others

Make sure complete training for several superusers & their on-going support is part of the plan.

 
 

from AZ Hospice
Specialty: Hospice Care

Healthcare First is Always here for us

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Very easy to navigate. If I get stuck, there is always someone available either on line or by phone to help me out. The charting is easy and less time consuming than previous software I have used. I also have the Solutions Suite and it adds another layer of checks and balances and helps us to stay in compliance.

Likes Least

I haven't found anything yet, but there is a slight problem with the software jumping. Example is Activities of daily living. If you check transferring, it will jump to the top of the page before you can put in the percentage of the patient's dependency.

Recommendations

Be sure you ask questions about what you or your agency wants and needs. If you have or have had a problem with a previous software or vendor, let them know and let Healthcare First explain how they deal with the issue.

 
 

from Antonina Health Care
Specialty: Home Health Care

Very user friendly.

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Very user friendly and pretty good customer support.

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We are new to this product, but have been very satisfied so far.

Recommendations

Schedule a very detailed demo of the software to make sure it meets the needs of your company

 
 

from J&J Home Care
Specialty: Home Health Care

Used for 10 years

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Ease of use. Has done everything I want it to do for 10 years. Intuitive.

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Can be hard to get ahold of support but they are very good. Some times the program locks up or kicks users out but that could be our own network

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This is a good piece of software for small to medium agencies.

 
 

from GVHHA
Specialty: Home Health Care

Great System...Awesome Customer Support

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This system is easy to use. Customer Support is the best I have ever experienced. There is no perfect system, but this one was the best one for our agency.

Likes Least

The training is done one-on-one, but the training seems to be cookie cutter. It would be better to ask the customer prior to training what you would like to have or start the training from beginning to end (intake to d/c to billing).

Recommendations

Just keep in mind that there is no perfect system. Do your homework, talk to agencies who are currently using the system(s) you are reviewing, and do a pros and cons list of your top 2 or 3 systems. Choose the system that meets the most needs of your agency.

 
 

from Parkview Home Health
Specialty: Home Health Care

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Knowledgeable customer service reps!! Always willing to help! If they don't know it, they will find out for you. Great report options for the back office. Get all the alerts you need to keep up to date on deadlines!

Likes Least

May take a little time for some issues with programming for the tech to get back in touch with you. Only has happened 2x in 2.5 years that the call back time was more than a few days.

Recommendations

Use the learning module. All you have to do is search for what you want to learn how to do and you get setpoint by step instructions

 
 

from Calvert Home Health Care, Ltd.
Specialty: Home Health Care

Why Look Anywhere Else?

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Product is very user-friendly. We've been a long-standing user of Patron POC and switched over to HealthCareFirst in May 15'. Once our clinical team grasped the new features, they've never been happier.

Likes Least

You could say this about all the products in this category, it doesn't have our full wish list, but they are receptive to our requests, and we constantly see additions that continue to enhance the product.

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We have large and small offices that use this product, for the money this product has the best value.

 
 

from Parkview Hospital Home Health Agency
Specialty: Home Health Care

Great software!

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Knowledgeable customer service reps!! If they don't know it, they will find out for you. Great report options for the back office. Get all the alerts you need to keep up to date on deadlines!

Likes Least

May take a little time for some issues with programming for the tech to get back in touch with you. Only has happened 2x in 2.5 years that the call back time was more than a few days.

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Use the learning module. All you have to do is search for what you want to learn how to do and you get setpoint by step instructions

 
 

from Feel better home care
Specialty: Home Health Care

New Solution suite changed my business.

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HealthCare First and its solution suite made my start up Home Health company successful. They gave me not just the software but all the billing, Oasis review, coding services and HHCAPS all for a low % of collections. This saved me from hiring 4 different employees when I had to watch every penny.

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I wish I found them sooner. Since they are the only company in all of home care offering all of the service in one product it was hard to compare to pick anyone else.

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I would suggest you consolidate all of your contracts to one vendor like this. It improved our billing days and has made us extremely efficient. I have friends that still have 4 or 5 different contracts for software, billing, coding, scrubbing. All the different companies tend to blame each other when things go wrong. HCF solution suite solves this problem.

 
 

from MEDUS SOFTWARE CONSULTANTS
Specialty: Home Health Care

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THE VENDOR'S SALES TEAM WAS EXCEPTION IN THEIR FOLLOW-UP AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL,,,,,,FIRST CLASS ALL THE WAY

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THERE WERE NO NEGATIVES......compared to the other vendors in the market they paid the most attention to my clients needs.

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FOCUS ON THE BASICS AND BE WOWED BY THE FEATURES AND EASE OF USE THE SALES TEAM WAS OUTSTANDING.

 
 

from Paradigm Living Concepts
Specialty: Home Health Care

HEALTHCAREfirst. A+

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We are a newer agency in Indiana that specializes in Home Health, Hospice, & Nurse Practitioner-driven Palliative Care. Upon beginning operations, we were committed to implementing electronic recordkeeping from day one. Certainly, two key factors were functionality and cost.

After reviewing several products, we were sold on HEALTHCAREfirst! It provided everything we needed for all three lines of operations. It's also web-based, user-friendly, and extremely cost effective. Since implementing, we have also found the training and staff of HEALTHCAREfirst to be very helpful!

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There is really nothing that we are concerned with.

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We evaluated many products. Several were too costly in the beginning, so we didn't even consider them. Make sure to take time to check references with other agencies. We found that very helpful.

 
 

from Serenity Hospice and Home
Specialty: Hospice Care

Have been a user for the past 6 years.

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It meets the needs of nursing, billing, and administration. They have been very responsive to all the regulatory changes in hospice care. They have good webinars for training on new functions. We have not had any rejections of HIS data.

Likes Least

Some reports are too rigid. We're unable to customize. HCF says an ad hoc reporting feature is coming.

Recommendations

It is true that no system is prefect. Look for software that fits your agency the best. It is important for the staff to be comfortable working in the software so quality data can be recorded. HCF has a strong track record in the industry.

 
 

from Advantage Home Health Care, Inc.
Specialty: Home Health Care

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The Business Intelligence reporting is great! It's very easy to run the reports to track episodes, payments, and what needs to be cleaned up for billing. The System itself for charting has an easy flow to it that our healthcare professionals are able to pick up very quickly. The training modules provided greatly assist with this process.

Likes Least

HEALTHCAREfirst does not have a payroll function for tracking all staff, which is a little disappointing (e.g., Healthcare, Administrative, and Sales). This would make sense to be a complete, all-inclusive product.

Recommendations

Each system we reviewed prior to partnering with HCF has its pros and cons like HCF. Find a system that is easily understandable for all staff and fits within your agency's policy guidelines.

 
 

from Serenity Hospice and Home
Specialty: Hospice Care

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HEALTHCAREfirst has been very responsive in creating easy-to-use solutions to the many changes in Healthcare compliance and regulations. I do not worry when new requirements come along because I know this vendor will help us with a timely release of necessary changes to the software.

Likes Least

We continue to struggle with the Bereavement module. In an effort to integrate our bereavement program with the information already captured in HEALTHCAREfirst, we migrated our processing to HEALTHCAREfirst over a year ago. We have had ongoing problems with the accuracy of our mailings and call lists.

Recommendations

Talk to other hospices who are using the product and take the time to observe it in use. We have demonstrated our use of the product to several area hospices who were evaluating EMR systems.

 
 

from Coryell Memorial Hospital Home Health
Specialty: Home Health Care

Long time fan of HEALTHCAREfirst

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They have a knowledgeable customer service team, and the online chat within the program make getting assistance fast and easy. The dashboard and accounting reports assist in managing the agency.

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I can't think of anything I don't like. I have been with HEALTHCAREfirst for 20+ years and would not have stayed if they weren't meeting our needs.

Recommendations

Look at the accounting reports as well as the clinical portion. These are a great tool for tracking your agency's financial status.

 
 

from Jch Inc. Golden Services
Specialty: Home Health Care

My most reliable employee

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It never calls in sick, does not take smoke breaks, and rarely has a bad attitude. Seriously, I like the support and functionality of the program. Support listens and is constantly fixing or upgrading the things I need. I also like that I have access to important information from anywhere I can get a connection. There are multiple things about this program that assist every employee in completing their job in an efficient manner, which meets the extensive regulations necessary to the changing requirements we are faced with.

Likes Least

I would like to see Working lists. I would like to see a bit more flexibility in order to use this program in other areas of business, such as Private Pay and other outlier areas of business other than Medicare.

Recommendations

Talk to those of us who have used this and other products.

 
 

from Minidoka Home Health
Specialty: Home Health Care

We like HEALTHCAREfirst!

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HEALTHCAREfirst's staff members are very personable and reasonable. The cost is reasonable. I especially like the legislative webinars, Blogs, and information we receive. We are well informed and kept up to date on a very regular basis. Thank you HEALTHCAREfirst for keeping me up to date in such a busy, ever-changing environment with CMS!

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Home Health and Hospice are easily integrated. Program access is easy; it follows general rules for the flow of the chart.

Recommendations

Ask for a demo from the HEALTHCAREfirst staff. Then shop around and compare costs and availability. Ask for reviews from other customers. There are other products available; however, for the cost, this product is especially good.

 
 

from Buckner Hospice
Specialty: Hospice Care

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Great support. From sales to webinar to all updates from CMS, someone is always available to assist our employees with their needs.

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I think I would probably have to say that I wish interfacing was an easier process. Of course, I realize that the outside vendor must do their part.

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Check it out. I loved this system from the first demonstration I saw! I am an old nurse that found electronic charting overwhelming. The reason I loved this software from the start is the fact that it flows like a real chart! It makes sense; the process makes sense! I also like the reports the program generates.

 
 
 
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