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Home Health and Hospice Consultants
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A premier healthcare consulting firm, 5 Star Consultants has been providing tailored consultation and education to home health and hospice organizations since 2003, allowing our clients to exceed their goals and achieve success.
Our professional staff has accumulated more than a century of experience in the healthcare industry. Our consultants live throughout the country, and from extensive travel and organizational involvement keep continually abreast of the home health and hospice industries.
All of our consultants have many years of senior management experience, yet have remained hands-on with practical understanding. Every RN consultant is also a former or current CHAP surveyor.
Our diagnostic coding division is manned by HCS-D Registered Nurses, many of whom are also OASIS-certified (we do not employ clerical staff for coding).
In the healthcare industry the only constant is change and 5 Star Home Healthcare Consultants is ready to assist your organization navigate through these many changes.
5 Star Consultants is proud to be an affiliate member of the state associations for Florida, California, Missouri and Kansas, and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.
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Our Home Health and Hospice Consultants
RN, BSHS, MHA
Principal and Founder
Sharon has been in healthcare management and administration for 30 years. For the past 25 years, she has been actively involved in the home health industry, from field nurse to Executive Director to Senior Managing Partner / Healthcare Consultant at 5 Star Healthcare Consultants. Sharon has worked in and managed certified home health, hospice, private duty, home infusion and DME as a regional and executive director.
Principal and Founder
Since 1978 Linda Hoge has been involved in the healthcare industry. She started her career as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for an employees’ health plan in St. Louis, Missouri. During the next several years Linda held the title of CFO for hospitals in Texas and California. In 1990 she became the CFO and Regional Business Director for Charter Medical Corporation in California.
RN, BS, MHA Candidate
Vicky has diversified knowledge and experience expanding over 15 years with national leaders in home health. Vicky’s successes started as a clinical field nurse and expanded to Corporate Consultant. She is a former ACHC Surveyor. Vicky is an excellent educator and is able to teach your staff with easy to learn methods. She resides in Florida.
RN, BSN, COS-CA
Sharon is a registered nurse with 30 years of experience encompassing a variety of health care settings. Sharon has clinical experience in the OR, critical care, and home health markets. She has been a director of education, risk management and quality in the hospital environment. Sharon has spent most of the last 20 years as a home health director, educator and quality expert, including acting as a regional quality manager for a national home health provider.
Why We Do What We Do
With many years in healthcare management, Sharon Litwin and Linda Hoge endured countless occasions when outside consultants would evaluate operations and make recommendations based on boilerplate templates. Often these consultants had no experience in the home health or hospice industry, but relied on standardized formulas.
When we formed 5 Star Consultants in 2003, we were determined to approach each client as unique. We take into consideration that everyone has a reason for doing things a certain way, and make our recommendations for improvement based on these reasons. While we do have tools that we have developed to assist our clients, we customize according to each client’s needs.
While using a “cookie-cutter” approach might save us time and effort, we feel that individual clients’ needs are more important.
And that’s why we do what we do.
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“5 Star’s team not only has a quick turnaround time frame, but their review notes are professional, easy for clinicians to follow and their explanations are always accompanied with recommendations and education for the staff. There is excellent communication between the coders and the clinicians. I would highly recommend Sharon and her team at 5 Star Consultants.”
Needless to say, I and all of my staff sincerely appreciate all that you ladies do for us. I can pay any company the same money to code for me, but the personal touch, the support and expertise shown to me here is priceless and makes all the difference!
Ladies, I salute you!
“Thanks for all of your support this year. We are going into our CHAP survey pretty confident thanks to 5 Star’s help.”
"Your insight into state survey regulations and the Mock Surveys were very much appreciated by all of the staff. Your knowledge and willingness to teach our staff has truly transformed our home health agency. I owe this transformation all to 5 Star Consultants."
“We used 5 Star Consultants to assist us as we prepared for accrediting our four home health agencies. They were an excellent resource for us.“
"Our agency first began working with Five Star Consultants in 2005. Sharon provided wonderful assistance and support during the Hospice Condition of Participation changes in 2008. Without her assistance in interpreting these changes a difficult time would have been so much more difficult. She has provided invaluable education to our staff regarding case management and many other topics."
“5 Star Consultants has turned around our home health agency. In the past six months, our patient census has increased 222%!”
"5 Star Consultants has consistently brought us results. From re-engineering our agency for continued success under PPS, assuring our compliance with Medicare certification requirements, to staff education on OASIS and case management as well as serving as an outsourced team for coding and quality improvement audits, 5 Star Consultants has helped us in so many ways. Sharon Litwin and her team are reliable, trustworthy and savvy experts that have made our home care agency one of the strongest service lines for our hospital.”
"Sharon has provided us with great insight into what a QAPI program should look like and we continue to use the forms, etc she provided us. Our agency purchased Five Star’s policy manuals for both home health and hospice, they are a wonderful resource and again makes things much easier for our agency. Sharon has made visits to our agency several times, we always learn so much and enjoy our time with her."