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Power of the Pen: VNAA Pries Loose Delayed Patient Report from CMS
The Affordable Care Act included language instructing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to conduct a study of vulnerable patients and submit a report to Congress by March 31, 2014. The language also instructed CMS to develop a four-year demonstration project to begin on January 1, 2015. The study was completed on time but, when no report had been submitted seven months later, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America wrote a letter demanding that CMS obey the law and got seven members of Congress to sign it. As of this writing, CMS has not responded.
Cybercrimes’ Coming of Age
  • The United States leads the world in the cost of cyber crime, accounting for 25% of the world total.
  • Cyber crime, as tracked by its costs, is growing at a 10% annualized rate.
  • Cyber crime that has historically been perpetrated by individuals has evolved into highly skilled networks of organized criminals and even nation states.

Our resident HIPAA expert, Roger Shindell, analyzes the latest healthcare industry cyber crime report card from The Ponemon Institute.

Patient Self Management — With Assistance From the Most Familiar Home Care Team
Who belongs on the care team of a person managing chronic conditions? According to some high-powered speakers at last month's Partners Healthcare Symposium, supported by some exciting new technologies, the answer includes family, friends and patients themselves, and not limited to professionals with letters after their names.
HCTR Interview: NAHC's Bill Dombi Discusses Ebola, Alzheimer's, and ACOs
NAHC’s Vice President for Law sat down exclusively with reporter Liz Seegert last month during the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix for a wide-ranging interview on policy, programs, and the future of home healthcare. In this final segment, he discusses ACOs opening and closing, the CMS final rule for 2015, and NAHC's efforts to join the Ebola battle.
Attorney Elizabeth Hogue Explains Meaning for Home Care of Latest "Jimmo Case" Ruling
On October 29, the federal court in Vermont handed down a final decision in the case of Glenda Jimmo vs. CMS. It may or may not change the way home care serves persons with chronic conditions. This clarification by home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue offers some cautions regarding the ruling's exact meaning.
Clinicians Improve Outcomes by Connecting to a Circle of Care
Donna Thomson is the author of The Four Walls of My Freedom, a riveting and redemptive family memoir, in which she tells her very personal story of raising a son with cerebral palsy. It is a passionate appeal to change the way we think about “the good life.” This article summarizes the book's theme and describes the technology system Donna uses to support caregiver communication, the core of patient care coordination. She describes here the difference between a one-to-one patient relationship and a network of caregivers that includes family support on the team. The software system she describes that keeps her in the loop with Nicky's other caregivers is free to families.
VNAA Releases Updated Clinical Procedure Manual
VNAA’s new Clinical Procedure Manual, available on paper or in digital format, features the latest home health and hospice best practices, offers guidance for more than 300 procedures specifically for home health and hospice care.

Notable Upcoming Conferences:

Home Care 100 *
January 31-February 3
Ritz Carlton
Laguna Niguel, CA
(Registration is sold out. Click here to add your name to the wait list.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here to reach Mike Morrissey or call 203-644-1732.

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

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

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

Michigan Association for Home Care Annual ConferenceMay 13-15
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Participant registration available in late January

LINK Home Care & Hospice Conference *June 3-5
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Click here to register

*HCTR will see you there.