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Updates from IT

Summer is winding down and we are headed into Fall. Although in Texas, it’ll be HOT for another few months! Here is what is on the HORIZON for the rest of the year.

12.3.8 Horizon Fall Regulatory Update: This release became available from McKesson on September 13th and is currently being tested for new features/functionality. We plan to load it to Production on Thursday, September 26th. Keep a look out for training materials and more information for next week’s Q&A calls.

PPS Rate Update for 2014: Coming towards the end of October/beginning of November, there will be another release loaded for the PPS Rate Updates for 2014. This update generally only affects the Billing Department but will first be tested before being loaded to Productino. Expect to see a notice for this update to be loaded during a Thursday night maintenance window at the end of October/beginning of November.

12.3.9 Horizon Winter Regulatory Update: Every December, Medicare puts out new regulatory requirements that take effect on January 1st. In order to be in compliance with those regulations, McKesson will release a Winter Regulatory Update. This release will first be tested in our TEST environment before being loaded to Production during a Thursday night maintenance window towards the end of the month of December.

Article submitted by: Jessica Rhodes, IT Project Manager

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Summer Updates from the IT Department

We have had a busy and productive summer this year and a busy fall is almost upon us. Below are a few updates on recently completed, current, and upcoming IT projects.

Project Sign Online is now LIVE in all regions with over 350 physician logins created! There have been over 2200 orders and certifications signed online since the pilot began on May 6th. Email reminders are sent to the physicians on Monday and Thursday mornings when they have outstanding documents to sign. To request a physician be set up to use Sign Online, please submit a request via IT Help Online. There will be a refresher webinar for all branches on September 10th. We welcome all attendees.

Topic: Sign Online Branch Refresher
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm, CT
To join the audio portion, dial 877-820-7831 and enter 993649#

To join the online meeting, go to https://hardenhealthcare.webex.com/hardenhealthcare/j.php?ED=229717057&UID=491944962&RT=MiM3

Horizon Regulatory Updates: After installing a few updates and the 12.3.7 regulatory release this summer, we will soon start planning and testing the next major release – the 12.3.8 Fall Regulatory Update. This is targeted to be available from McKesson on September 13th. This release will be put into our TEST environment for testing new features/functionality and we plan to load it to Production on Thursday, September 26th. Keep a look out for training materials and more information in September.

Over the Summer, more than 20 Horizon courses have been updated on HLU. Please take a look at the refreshed modules.

Don’t forget we also continue to have update calls on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Please make sure your office joins these calls to hear the latest updates and ask questions. All users are welcome to attend!

Article submitted by: Jessica Rhodes, IT Project Manager

Join the Monthly Home Health/IT Conference Call!

At 10am CST on the 4th Tuesday of every month there is a conference call held between IT and Home Health. During these calls, we discuss future updates for the system, new processes, questions from the field, etc. All users are invited to this call. Below are some highlights of topics discussed from the April conference call. We would love to have even more participation – please join the next call on May 28th at 10am CST!
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