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Healthcare in Transition Seminar Set for April 13-15
Here is a rundown of the seminar agenda that will provide your agency with the tools to THRIVE through the healthcare reform era. Click on the link in this article to register your team for three powerful days at the only seminar sponsored by the publisher of Home Care Technology Report.
HIPAA Compliance, Policies Lag Behind Mobile Health Innovations
Physician practice software vendor NueMD wanted to know where their industry stands with HIPAA compliance. Working with Porter Research and The Daniel Brown Law Group, they designed a questionnaire to gauge respondents' knowledge of HIPAA's Privacy and Security regulations, compliance measures, and communication methods. The results were every bit as disappointing as those of our own 2013 survey of home health workers. Guest author Mark Healey worked with the Porter Research team to develop this analysis of their survey. He considers the results in light of the emergence of mHealth technologies, which introduce a new layer of complexity to HIPAA compliance.
GAO Says Medicare Advantage Was Overpaid $12 Billion in 2014
Found in the MedPAC 2015 Report to Congress, Chapter 9:
  • "Overpaying for home health care has negative financial consequences for the federal budget and the beneficiary..."
  • "In 2013, about 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries received home health care, and the program spent about $17.9 billion on home health services." (Approximately $5,100 per beneficiary served.)
  • Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries using home health care: 9.3%
  • MedPAC recommendation to control home health fraud, waste, and abuse, perpetrated by a tiny minority: reduce payment rates for all home health providers.
Found in the Government Accountability Office report released at about the same time:
  • Improper payments to Medicare Advantage plans totaled more than $12 billion in 2014.
  • MedPAC recommendations to control MA fraud, waste, and abuse: none.
Tools for Seniors Needed Home Care Tools for Today’s Senior Populations
Audrey Kinsella has been a valuable telehealth reporter for us for a number of years. We thought it would both show appreciation to her and provide important information for our readers to give her a forum to describe the new web page, titled, "Seniors Living Safely at Home: Needed Telecare-Ready Tools & Assisters" which she recently added to her popular web site, "Information for Tomorrow."
It Is Time for CMS to Figure Out the Difference Between Typos and Crimes
HCTR editor Tim Rowan analyzes the dilemma facing home health providers in the wake of the government's effort to preserve the Medicare Trust Fund with exactly the opposite tactics from the ones that would have worked.
HIPAA Prep® Training Aimed at Small- to Mid-Sized Home Care and Hospice Market
HIPAA consulting firm Carosh Compliance Solutions launches online, actionable training series for home care and hospice providers that may not have a full-time HIPAA compliance officer.
Are You On This List? New Free Service May Boost Your Referrals
Among familiar names such as PPS Plus, Kinnser, Axxess, and SutureHealth, we found an interesting new company at this week's PMX2 conference, the user group meeting for users of customer relationship management software from PlaymakerCRM. It is one that deserves at least a quick look, if only to make sure they have described your company accurately.

Notable Upcoming Conferences:

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

Private Duty Conference

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice

May 6
Sheraton Austin

Hospice ConferenceTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 6
Sheraton Austin

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
Click here to register

*HCTR will see you there.