Volume 6, Number 39 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

Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Conference
Presented by The Health Group
November 6-7
Caribe Hilton
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Registration: conference@healthgroup.com
 

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

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Connected Health: RPM and Telehealth Summit
6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Conference
January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
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Your state or national association meeting not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

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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



Home Health Conditions of Participation: Charting a Course for your Success

Presented by: Kinnser Software

This 5 part series begins

Thursday, September 28
11
:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Registration

Contact person: Chip Schneider chip.schneider@kinnser.com




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