Volume 6, Number 45 October  25, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

There are different ways to make history. Often, the news appears in bold headlines and the shift from old to new is obvious. At other times, it only appears to those able to read between the lines. This is one of those other times.

Our lead story this week deals with the impending changes to Medicare's Home Health Prospective Payment System for calendar year 2018. On the surface, the crux of the story is that the proposed HHGM system, with 30-day payment episodes, will be harmful to providers and patients and that the only way to stop it is to talk some sense into Congress, hoping they will do the same for CMS administrator Seema Verma.

Underneath, the history-making story is that all of the national home care associations are cooperating to spearhead this effort. A team that includes the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, the Partnership for Quality Home Health Care, and ElevatingHOME, with its affiliated associations the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, presents a formidable front when speaking with one voice. At least, that is the front we imagine they will present; nothing like this has happened before.

Learning that it is possible for these historic rivals to work together when confronted by a common enemy, one can only wonder whether another enemy could make it happen again one day in the future. We can think of one: low attendance at annual meetings. What if all the national associations held their meetings together, or at least in adjacent conference center spaces on the same dates? Exhibitors who pay the lion's share of the cost of these meetings would benefit and might be in favor.

As I've said before, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. In fact, this exact suggestion is not my own but came up several times this month at the Long Beach Convention Center as a possible solution to exhibitor disappointment over attendance numbers. Similar comments have been heard during and after ElevatingHOME conferences and VNAA meetings in past years. If leadership can talk to each other about a threat from CMS, perhaps they will one day be open to putting other topics on the agenda as well.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!


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Tim Rowan



CY18 Home Health Prospective Payment System Called Disastrous
The final rule for the 2018 Home Health payment system is likely to be revealed this week. Every national home health association and many large providers have joined forces to urge Congress to order CMS administrator Seema Verma not to implement the system as it appeared in the proposed rule. This level of cooperation among competing organizations only occurs when the situation is dire.

Electronic Submission of Hospice NOEs
Learn the benefits but avoid false assumptions, recommends guest author Carolyn Dean.

2017 Telehealth Honors Award Recipients Announced
Thirteen home health veterans were honored at this month's NAHC Annual Meeting for their brilliant use of home telehealth systems.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
NAHC Opens Its New Era With A Pledge for Openness
At this year's Annual Meeting, the path toward "NAHC 2.0" was laid out by its Interim President. We spoke to him about what comes next.
 
EVV Best Practice: The One Day Time Sheet
As agencies move to Electronic Visit Verification they will realize numerous benefits, including regulatory compliance and increased speed for processing billing and payroll. Guest author Ken Accardi offers some tips on how to start preparing for the EVV mandate.

As of this date, approximately 27,390,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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

*HCTR will see you there.

4th Annual Home Care Winter Warm-Up
Home Care Association of Florida

January 16-17
Boca Raton Marriott
Keynotes by Stephen Tweed, Bill Dombi, 12 others

Information and Registration


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

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Workforce Webinar Series: Stacking the Odds in Your Favor
Best Practice Selection Strategies


Presented by ElevatingHOME

All programs in the series have been archived for those unable to attend live:

 

  • Part 1, "Why Staff Leave and How to Keep Them," sponsored by Exact Recruiting, a Simione Talent Solution. Click here to view this session.
  • Part 2, "From Turnover to Engagement for the Healthcare Executive," sponsored by Relias. Click here to view this session.
  • Part 3, "The ROI of Using Pre-Hire Assessments," sponsored by Relias. Click here to view this session.
  • Part 4, "Stacking the Odds in Your Favor: Best Practice Selection Strategies," sponsored by Home Health Selection Solutions. Recorded 11/28, recording available soon.

Upcoming topics in the Workforce Webinar Series:

Part 5: "Recruiting and Compensation Strategies that Work," sponsored by Exact Recruiting, a Simione Talent Solution
December 5 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Register here

 

Part 6: "Employee Engagement: Your Key to Exceeding Home Health and Hospice Outcomes," sponsored by Fazzi Associates
December 12 | 1:00 p.m. ET

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Part 7: TBD
December 19 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Details coming soon.


How to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Presented by Netsmart
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International Guidelines for Home Health Nursing

Presented by: International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)

Wednesday, October 25
11
:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Registration

www.ihcno.org/Registration

Contact person: Marilyn Harris marilyn@ihcno.org



Clinical Documentation: Hospice Nursing

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Diane Link, RN, MHA
Thursday, January 25
2:00 p.m. EST
$99
Click here to register
(Approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing)



CHF and COPD Education for Aides

Presented by Curaport

Featuring J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, WCC, President, Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Tuesday, February 6
2:00 p.m.EST
$49
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(approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing)


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

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

 



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