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The 5 Star Advantage

We Are Healthcare Specialists
Focusing on Home Health and Hospice Services



As You Know The Only Constant is Change

Home health and hospice continues to be faced with continual regulatory additions and revisions making it difficult for administrators and field staff to keep up. Regulatory surveys and audits are bigger issues than ever and can lead to critical ramifications. Reimbursements continue to decrease while salaries increase. Diagnosis coding is extremely complex with ICD-10. However, we realize that home health and hospice is so critical and provides such a valuable service to our aging population. So we need to evolve to survive.

Let the experts at 5 Star Consultants help you through the complicated regulatory maze, educate your staff, take on the complexities of ICD-10 for you, and help your agency have the best patient outcomes.



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 them 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.



5 Star Consultants is a consulting and education firm specializing in all segments of the home healthcare industry including home health, hospice and private duty.  The firm was founded in 2003 by healthcare industry executives, Sharon Litwin and Linda Hoge, and today includes a team of consultants with over a century of combined experience in the healthcare field.  Our Coding Division is comprised of Coding-and OASIS-certified Registered nurses.  We do not use LPNs or clerical coders and we do not send our assignments offshore. Our consulting division is comprised of RN Consultants, most of whom are current or former CHAP or ACHC surveyors.

In addition, 5 Star uses its expertise to provide a variety of policy manuals and education programs.  Unlike the competition, it offers personalized consultation and customized education ensuring you exceed your goals and achieve success.  The firm’s headquarters is located in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri with consultants located throughout the United States.

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