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Home Health Solutions History


Founded in 2012 by J’non Griffin, who remains as President, Home Health Solutions became a Simione Coding Company in 2020. The company launched as the health care industry prepared for the switch from ICD-9 to the much more specific and expansive ICD-10 classification set, and Griffin quickly became a leader in that transition, as an AHIMA-approved ambassador who trained coders and prepared agencies across the nation. The business grew rapidly, providing outsourced coding and OASIS review services for home health and hospice agencies who found the new classification set much more demanding than ICD-9. Many discovered it was more profitable to rely on outsourcing than to provide in-house coders with the constant training needed to keep up with fluid guidance and or risk reimbursement losses.

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Continued Growth


Home Health Solutions has seen significant continued growth as an industry consulting firm in recent years, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new Conditions of Participation for providers in 2018 and implemented the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), its complex new payment model, in 2020. 

Milestones


  • The company has been named one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. magazine for three consecutive years, making the Inc. 5000 list of successful companies in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  
  • In 2019, when Medicare launched a new payment program to replace the Resource Utilization Group for skilled nursing facilities, Home Health Solutions added coding for SNFs to its scope of services. 
  • Home Health Solutions became part of Simione Healthcare Consultants in 2020 to broaden and strengthen the scope of both organizations across consulting and coding disciplines. Read more about the merger.

Meet J’non Griffin, Founder and President


J’non Griffin is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of clinical and leadership experience in home care, including service as a field nurse, agency director, regional director, and executive for home health and hospice agencies. She is a highly seasoned consultant, supporting provider organizations on wide range of operational issues. J'non earned a master’s degree in health care administration in 2005.  Her extensive background includes mock and accreditation surveys, acquisitions, and regulatory guidance with state survey agencies and intermediary organizations. She has managed multi-site operations, including staff supervision, employment, and training. Her expertise in compliance includes acting as a compliance officer and facilitating policy development, billing audits, survey and plans of correction, Medicare appeals, and corporate and branch startups.

An accredited ACHC and CHAP consultant, J’non’s certifications include: Homecare Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D), OASIS competency (COS-C), Homecare Coding Specialist-Hospice (HCS-H), and Home Care Specialist-Compliance (HCS-C).  She is also a AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM trainer/ambassador.

As a board member of Home Care Directions, J’non is a frequent contributor, and an expert on HcPro’s Ask an Expert Panel. A collaborator for Decision Health’s The Diagnosis Coding Pro, she has published several manuals and assisted with online modules for coding and OASIS instruction. She is a frequent speaker at state and national industry events on a variety of home health and hospice topics.

 

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