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Healthcare Reform Means Opportunity for the Prepared, Disaster for the Rest
In keeping with the theme of our upcoming Healthcare In Transition conference, guest writer Tamela Buhrke explores the potential opportunities offered by the coming healthcare changes with Kerry Halcomb of KC's Home Health, Bob Roth of Cypress Home Care and David Cole of HHA Exchange Software.
Commentary: Supreme Court Decision Nullifying Subsidies Would Result in Chaos
This week, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case known as King v. Burwell, which argues that the health insurance premium subsidies millions of people are getting in 34 states through the Affordable Care Act are illegal. If the court agrees with the plaintiffs when it votes in a few months, the sudden removal of millions of rate payers could cause a "death spiral" in those 34 states. Former Cigna executive Wendell Potter explained in his blog this week what a death spiral is and why it would be disastrous for healthcare providers in those states.
Toshiba Releases "UCedge" to Promote Secure Communications Across Multiple Device Types
Toshiba's "UCedge"™ creates an electronic communication environment where secure messages can be exchanged on a private network.
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Important CMS Open Door Forum Call Today at 1:30 EST; 10:30 PST
On February 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services conducted possibly its most controversial Open Door Forum conference call since the dawn of the Home Health Prospective Payment System in 2000. The topic was the proposed Star Ratings for home health agencies as an add-on the Home Health Compare website. It was followed by a Q&A session but, according to one participant, "the 'A' portion of the Q&As didnít exactly fill everyone with comfort." This article includes call-in instructions for today's ODF and commentary about the proposed Star Rating system.
Healthcare in Transition Seminar Preview: Thrive With A Solid Branding Strategy
Home Care Technology Report's sister company, Tim Rowan Seminars, has been fortunate enough to schedule nationally-known home care branding expert Nils Bunde as a keynote speaker for the upcoming "Healthcare in Transition" seminar, April 13-15, in Scottsdale, Arizona. What the president and founder of BrainForest, Inc. will have to say about cultivating your competitive edge will catapult seminar attendees to a new level of success through the healthcare reform and aging population era. In this article, guest writer Tamela Buhrke interviews Mr. Bunde about his company and its services and about your path toward success through a corporate branding strategy.
Delta Health Technologies Release Guide to Long Term Post-Acute Care Market
Stating, "Coordination of care is essential as is the need for systems to support the capturing, use and exchange of patient information," Delta Health Technologies CEO Keith Crownover announced the release of an infographic titled "A Guide to the Growing LTPAC Market."

Notable Upcoming Conferences:

Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual ConferenceMarch 11-13
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Click here to register

PMX: Playmaker CRM Expo & User Conference *March 16-18
Music City Center
Nashville, TN

Omaha System International ConferenceApril 15-18, 2015
Eagan, MN

Bi-annual conference for individuals who use or intend to use the Omaha System in community health practice, education, or research. 
Guidelines for submission of poster abstracts and details regarding workshop registration can be found at

Email abstracts to lchoromanski@gillettechildrens.com

SupervisionPlusTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
April 8
Sheraton Dallas Near the Galleria

THRIVE: Healthcare in Transition *Prospering Through Population Health Management
April 13-15
Scottsdale, AZ
Registration opens 12/8

VNAA Annual Meeting

April 20-22
Roosevelt Hotel
New Orleans

43rd Annual Convention & Exposition

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
April 27-29
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

Michigan Association for Home Care Annual ConferenceMay 13-15
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Registration Information

LINK Home Care & Hospice Conference *June 3-5
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
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*HCTR will see you there.