Volume 5, Number 42 October  12, 2016



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

If you read this as soon as it arrives today (I know a few of you do), you still have time to register for "Volume to Value: Home Health Guide to Quality Outcomes and Star Ratings" with Arnie Cisneros. This free webinar is set for today, October 12, at 2:00 pm EDT. Register here.

Many of you have inquired about my recently announced addition to my consulting services that teaches home health, home care, and hospice providers how to build their census through the use of the billion-dollar infrastructure Google, Yelp, and Facebook have built and made free for you to use. I will be answering all of your questions and teaching you my step-by-step method in my October 17 webinar, "Build Your Census: A 'How To' Course on Using Free Online Tools."

There is a small fee associated with this webinar but I will be giving attendees a gift worth the full amount. Everyone who registers for either the 10/17 live webinar or the recording will be given a free "Online Health Checkup," where we examine your agency's presence on about 50 of the most popular search and healthcare review sites and tell you how to push your brand to the top of the list, which is when your phone starts to ring. Register here today.

In This Week's News (Again!)We do not mean to keep harping on all the problems CMS is having with its Pre-Claim Review experiment but they seem to force themselves into the headlines week after week. Right after we released last week's issue, CMS published a report on what it characterized as early successes in Illinois, the only state currently subjected to the PCR requirement. It was immediately severely criticized by NAHC's VP for law, Bill Dombi for distorting some facts and ignoring others. We summarize the CMS report and NAHC's critical response for you and provide links to both originals. We also have our own thoughts as to why CMS would release such a slanted document and offer that opinion in our "Tim's Blog" column.

Speaking of criticizing CMS
We also received permission to reprint attorney Elizabeth Hogue's analysis of a recent Federal Appeals Court decision that overturned a MAC payment denial to one home health agency. The judge did not merely write a decision; he admonished CMS for employing contract reviewers who do not even know their own rules. This is the core problem in pre-claim reviews but this judge named the same thing, inadequate reviewer knowledge, in a routine payment denial appeal. Perhaps it is a system-wide problem.

Telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella offers a preview of her upcoming trip to the 13th annual Partners Connected Health Symposium in Boston. The intersection between technological innovation and high touch care is on the agenda and she will be filing a number of stories over the coming weeks.

I am looking forward to meeting as many of my favorite people, HCTR readers, as I can at booth #742 at the NAHC Annual Meeting, October 23-25. If you are going to Orlando, please be sure to visit these other booths and thank our partners for supporting this publication. They make sure HCTR remains a free service to the entire healthcare at home sector.

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Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



CMS Document Spins Early Illinois Pre-Claim Results Beyond Recognition
CMS internal document offers a description of the Illinois pre-claim experience that is unrecognizable to Illinois providers. NAHC counters nearly every CMS statement.

What CMS Should Do Instead of Pre-Claim Reviews
Why CMS would publish a report on Pre-Claim Review "successes" filled with spin and distorted data is not such a mystery. Editor Tim Rowan explains their motivation and recommends an alternative to universal Pre-Claim Reviews.

You'll Love What a Judge Recently Said About Medicare
"What happens if we reach the point where even these legislating agencies don't know what their own 'law' is?" asks U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, calling the complex regulatory environment CMS has created "The Strange World of Medicare."

Partners Health Sponsors 13th Annual "Connected Health Symposium"
Over 1,000 expected in Boston October 20-21. Telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella, who will represent us there, offers this preview.

NAHC Response to CMS Pre-Claim Report
Less than 24 hours after CMS released its report on early successes of the Pre-Claim Review experiment in Illinois, the National Association for Home Care called foul. Here is VP for Law Bill Dombi's verbatim response.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Change Comes to McKesson Technology Solutions
One of the first news stories this publication covered, back in 1998, was the acquisition of Healthcare IT vendor HBOC, and its home care division, the former MSI, by pharmaceutical distributor McKesson. This summer, that relationship came to an end as McKesson departed the HIT world. This article was edited for accuracy on 10/5/16 at 1:00 pm EDT. Please disregard previous versions.
 
Pre-Claim Continues to Grow Worse in Illinois
A quick glance at page after page of comments and complaints on the Illinois Association for Home Care listserv makes it crystal clear that CMS needs to stop this chaotic pilot today.

As of this date, approximately 23,232,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

Annual Meeting *
National Association for Home Care and Hospice

October 23-25
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Orlando

Information and Registration


Pre-Claim Revue Implementation
Palmetto GBA and CGS Tours Texas in Partnership with TAHC&H

Multiple Locations:
October 11 – McAllen
October 13 – San Antonio
November 16 – Houston
November 17 – Dallas
Details for each conference


The Journey Forward
South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association Annual Conference
December 5-6
Hyatt Place + Hyatt House | Historic District
Charleston
www.schchaconferences.com

The 6th Annual Medicare Compliance Cruise *

Presented by Pearson & Bernard, PSC

January 15-22
Departs from Ft. Lauderdale
Information and registration


2017 Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit

Sponsoring Associations:

  • Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home
  • Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine
  • Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
  • Home Care Association of New Hampshire
  • Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey
  • Home Care Association of New York State
  • New York State Association of Health Care Providers
  • Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care
  • VNAs of Vermont

January 17-19, 2017
Colonnade Hotel
Boston

Information and Registration


OASIS-C2: The Next Steps

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
Presented by Lisa Selman-Holman
January 19, 2017
Westin Riverwalk Hotel

San Antonio 
Details and registration


Homecare 100 *February 4-7
Ritz-Carlton
Amelia Island, FL
Registration is full. To be added to the waiting list, contact Miriam Adams at madams@lincolnhc.com

National Leadership Conference *
Sponsored by:
Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

April 19-21

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
https://www.homebasedcareevents.com/

Omaha System International ConferenceA Key to Practice, Documentation and Information Management
April 20-22, 2017
Eagan, MN
Bi-annual conference offers opportunities to gain knowledge about using electronic health records across diverse settings, exchanging health information, and enabling data sharing among practice, education, and research. For additional information about the conference, the call for poster abstracts and award nominations, and to register, visit www.omahasystem.org/conferences.html.
Email abstracts to lchoromanski@gillettechildrens.com

ATA Annual Meeting

American Telemedicine Association
April 23-25
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando

http://www.ata2017.org


Pediatric Home Care Conference

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 9
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark

Details and registration


New England Home Care & Hospice Conference & Trade ShowMay 16-18
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, NH
Brochure and Registration

Annual Conference *Home Care Association of Colorado
May 17-19
Keystone Resort & Conference Center
Keystone, CO
http://www.homecareofcolorado.org


Home Health Emergency Preparedness CoP Requirements:
Getting Your Agency Ready

Featuring Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA
Free, sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirstSeptember 13

1:00 pm Central Time
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark

Details and registration

http://www.healthcarefirst.com/webinars/

  • Overview of the emergency preparedness requirement
  • What surveyors will be looking for
  • Steps home health agencies should take to prepare

AHHC 2017 Leadership ConferenceAssociation for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
October 9-10
Holiday Inn Resort
Wrightsville Beach

Click here to register

Our Home Care Landscape: Big Challenges, Bigger Opportunities *
Annual Meeting of the Home Care Association of America
October 8-11
Austin, TX
Information and registration

HCSSA Administrator Program
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
November 13-15
Westin Galleria
Houston
tahch.org

*HCTR will see you there.
CONNECTED HEALTH: Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth Summit

6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Congress

January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
Agenda:
Designing successful bundles without collaboration between inpatient and post-acute (PAC) providers inhibits the cost-savings opportunities that make bundled payment a valuable model for hospitals and health systems. Designing care management incentives and solutions for complex patients requires integration across hospitals, home care, and the extended continuum of provider organizations.
Register for in-person or online participation


2018 National Leadership Conference
ElevatingHOME Annual Meeting
March 7-9
Grand Hyatt
Washington DC
Information and registration

New England Home Care and Hospice 2018 Conference
Presented by Home Care Associations of:
Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont


April 25-27
Cliff House Maine Hotel
Cape Neddick

Information and Registration


Your state or national association meeting not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

Conference Title
Sponsoring Association
Date(s)
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State
URL

2017 Regulatory Updates, Including Home Health Conditions of Participation

Free Webinar Hosted by DeVero Software and Relias Learning
Featured Speakers: Michael Tidd, Healthcare Synergy; Robert Love, DeVero
Tuesday, March 21
2:00 pm EDT / 11:00 am PDT

Register Here


Juggling the New CoPs and Other Applicable Laws

Sponsored by Kinnser Software
Featuring Robert W. Markette, Jr., Esq., CHC, of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
Thursday, January 25
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Attend to Learn:

  • Why "legal representative" is a concept you should already be familiar with
  • What compliance with the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act may mean for the new CoPs
  • Why you must be more aware of harassment issues and prepared to take action
  • How harassment issues affect your discharge policies

Free: Register here



How to be the TOP DOG Sales Rep
Sponsored by PlaymakerCRM
Featuring Cheryl Peltekis, RN
December 14
2:00 EST
Register here


Grow Your Census with Online Marketing Tools

Sponsored by Shoshana Technologies

October 20
http://rosemarksystem.com



Clinician Recruitment, Retention & Satisfaction: Does Technology Help or Hinder?

Sponsored by Brightree and Elevating Home
Featuring: Karri Harpole, RN, BSN, Brightree; Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, President & CEO, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care; Wendy Cofran, CIO, Century Health Systems, Inc.; Melissa Polly, MBA, Brightree Product Marketing (moderator)

Wednesday, July 26
1:00 pm EDT

Learn:

  • Best practices related to the use of technology and the best way to engage clinicians in a model that provides the most value the organization, including recruitment, retention and satisfaction; 
  • From colleagues, how to get the most value from the use of technology from clinical documentation and nurse satisfaction to operational efficiencies; and,
  • How changes in the post-acute environment, from regulatory drivers to value-based care, drive effective utilization of technology.

Register



    Navigating the Final Rule for Medicare PPS for CY 2017
    Sponsored by PPS Plus
    Tuesday, November 15, 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST
    Featuring Dave Macke, CHFP, FHFMA
    Director of Reimbursement Services, VonLehman & Company
    FREE

    Register here


    Are You Marketing to the Wrong Person?
    A Different Way to Get Home Health Referrals

    Presented by Healthcare Synergy
    Featuring: Melinda Rodriguez, PT, DPT, MSCS, LSVT
    Date: Wednesday, March 7
    Time: 10:00 a.m. PST; 1:00 p.m. EST

    In this Webinar, you will:
    • Learn another way to market inpatient facilities other than discharge planners, case managers or social workers.
    • Discuss the role of Home Health in the challenging healthcare environment – Short Term Home health.
    • Describe the Continuum of Care Concept in the post acute care network
    • Identify strategies to reduce risk of acute care readmission.
    • Discuss options for discharge disposition for potential skilled nursing facility candidates to decrease SNF discharge rate for inpatient rehab units.

    Register



    Why your claims are being denied:  Performing a self-assessment of your ZPIC, Pre-Claims, and VBP liabilities

    Featuring Michael McGowan, CEO, OperaCare
    Tuesday, January 17
    2:00 p.m. EST
    Cost:  $79
    Register


    2017 What You Need to Know about Electronic Visit Verification

    EVV offers many benefits to agencies and care providers, and choosing the right solution can lead to improved operating efficiency, caregiver communication, quality of care, and client satisfaction.

    Wednesday, March 15
    11:00 am MST - 12:15 pm MST

    Register Here



    How to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

    Presented by Netsmart
    Ongoing
    Free
    Watch now

     


    Under Pressure — OASIS Service Utilization Review

    Presented by Michael McGowan of OperaCare
    Thursday, April 6
    12:00 p.m. EDT
    Cost: $49
    Registration



    What You Need To Know About Electronic Visit Verification
    Presented by Darby Anderson, CDO, Addus HomeCare Corporation
    Sponsored by CellTrak
    Wednesday, April 12
    1:00 p.m. EDT
    Cost:  Complimentary
    Registration link
     


    Understanding the Effect Functional Scoring Has on Your Agency
    Presented by Chad Whitefield, PTA, Managing Partner of Advance Rehabilitation Management Group
    Thursday, April 13
    2:00 p.m. EST
    Cost:  $99
    Registration link 


    Increase Referrals, not Overhead- Streamlining the Intake Experience

    A streamlined, efficient intake process creates a better patient experience and improves referral relationships. During this webinar, industry experts will share their quick tips and best practices for improving your intake process and managing your organization's revenue cycle.

    Sponsored by Forcura
    Featuring: Craig Mandeville, Founder & CEO of Forcura Jessica Stover, Senior Manager of Blacktree Healthcare Consulting
    Tuesday, Oct 3
    2:00 pm EDT

    Registration


    QAPI Overview

    Presented by Diane Link, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
    Tuesday, May 23rd
    2:00 p.m. EST
    Cost:  $99
    Registration


    Transitional Care Management - What is Your Practice Missing?

    Presented by Curaport
    Featuring: Kimberly Kicklighter, MSN, RN,
    Director of Nursing & Quality, Successful Health & Wellness Solutions

    Thursday, February 22
    2:00 p.m. Eastern

    Fee: $39

    Information & Registration

     



    The Hospice Cost Report
    Prepare Your Way With Expert Advice from Maureen Laskowski

    Presented by Healthcare Synergy

    Monday, March 12
    10:00 a.m. PDT; 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Click here to register



    Social Worker Documentation: The Route to Quality Assessments

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Christina A. Nuqui, M.S.W., Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC
    Tuesday, February 20
    2:00 p.m.EST
    $99
    Click here to register

    (approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing)


    What Does Behavioral Health Have to do With Home Health Outcomes?

    Presented by: Netsmart/DeVero
    Featuring: Katherine J. Vanderhorst ,RN-BC,BSN and Dr. Amy Craven

    Thursday, February 22
    2:00 p.m. Eastern
    Learn why integrating behavioral health with chronic care management can improve star ratings.

    Many home health patients have co-existing Chronic Behavioral Health problems that are not dealt with. If not addressed, problems like anxiety and depression leave patients unable to self-manage diabetes, congestive heart failure, CHF, COPD and other serious medical conditions. This presentation will show why recognizing and managing behavioral health diagnoses and can have a positive outcome on your agency’s STAR ratings. Presented by Katherine J. Vanderhorst ,RN-BC,BSN and Dr. Amy Craven.

    Registration



    Prevention of Diabetes Related Lower Extremity Amputation

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Myra Varnado, BS, RN, CWON, CFCN, Director of Clinical Services, Corstrata
    Thursday, February 8
    2:00 p.m. EST
    $49

    Click here to register

    (approvedfor one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing)

     



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