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Mark Battaglia Replaces Michael Wons as CellTrak President and CEO
No explanation yet for change at the top of leading cellular EVV company other than "to encourage continued growth." Michael Wons to stay on as board member and advisor.
First Medicaid, Now Insurance Told to Pay for Telehealth Visits in Colorado
Home telehealth in Colorado is on the move again. Thanks to the efforts of lobbyist Ellen Caruso, a bill has been introduced and unanimously passed by the state legislature that would make insurance companies pay for in-home monitoring services much in the same way Medicaid in Colorado now pays.
CMS Puts Time Squeeze on Hospices with Unexpected IACS Change; HHAs Have A Little Leeway
We asked Tom Boyd of Simione Consultants and John Reisinger, founder of Innovative Financial Solutions for Home Health, to help us understand the meaning of CMS's surprise change to cost reporting procedures.
Vendor Watch
Delta releases free eBook on population health management HHA Exchange no longer exclusively a New York provider: wins approval as EVV vendor in Missouri, partners with CM2000 in Texas
Healthcare Takes Center Stage at CES
Not knowing what we were going to find, outside of a couple of familiar company names among the exhibitor list, we ventured last week into the belly of Sin City, otherwise known as the Las Vegas Convention Center. We were surprised that, among all the cool gadgets such as wrist fitness monitors, Google Glass knockoffs, and remote thermostat controllers, found great numbers of gadgets and tools designed to monitor elderly or ailing people living alone in their homes. They won't all make it to the big time, and they won't all have a place in home care right away, but some might. Here is a briefing on what we found.
BREAKING NEWS FROM NAHC: Proposed Overtime Rule Invalidated by Court
Late Wednesday, NAHC announced that a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has invalidated the proposed Department of Labor overtime rule that was to have taken effect on January 1.
SingFit Wins CES Innovation Award
Startup software company was founded by music therapist Andy Tubman; offers unique mental exercise app for persons with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, stroke victims, and autistic children.

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Winter Legislative ConferenceTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
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Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual ConferenceMarch 11-13
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PMX: Playmaker CRM Expo & User ConferenceMarch 16-18
Music City Center
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Omaha System International ConferenceApril 15-18, 2015
Eagan, MN

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THRIVE: Healthcare in TransitionProspering Through Population Health Management
April 13-15
Scottsdale, AZ
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Michigan Association for Home Care Annual ConferenceMay 13-15
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
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LINK Home Care & Hospice Conference *June 3-5
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
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