Volume 7, Number 41 October  3, 2018




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

I hope this week's issue gets to your inbox before the NAHC Conference and Trade Show. We are heavy with news for Medicare providers this week. To my Private Duty friends, don't worry, after we get through this conference we will get back to an even balance between news for medical and non-medical providers. There was tremendous in our exploration of the pros and cons of Medicare Advantage for private duty providers and I am pleased to let you know we will continue with articles like that one.

If you are already packing for your trip to Dallas, I hope you will take a minute to read our lead article this week. It is an opinion piece by a writer whose opinions are based on 40 years of experience attending and producing trade shows. You will get more out of your three days at the NAHC meeting if you print and take with you on the plane Roger McManus' "How A True Entrepreneur Attends A Trade Show."

Also in this week's news: Our longtime sponsor Delta Health Technologies has a major pre-NAHC announcement. You will want to visit them in booth #501 and take a look at CrescendoConnect, an integrated communication system that includes EVV and keeps your staff in touch with patients, their physicians, and their families. Take a look at the details in "New Delta App Facilitates Care Coordination."

Three other new technologies caught our eye this week. If you work with persons with COPD or with opioid addictions, read one or both of our stories about developments on the technology and the legal front. Congress has passed a bi-partisan bill that removes the restriction on using Medicaid funds to help people struggling with addiction. In the other article, a four-year study of CMS data has verified the benefits of in-home, non-invasive ventilation for COPD patients with Chronic Respiratory Failure.

Any Epic users out there? Be sure to take a look at the announcement from Yorktel about their new two-way video telehealth system that integrates with Epic's patient portal.

Safe travels to all 900 of you who will attend. I look forward to seeing you at the Gaylord. The Rowan Report team and I will be in booth #1137.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



How A True Entrepreneur Attends A Trade Show
There is a right way and a wrong way to attend a trade show. Longtime trade show producer Roger McManus explains the difference, just in time for this year's NAHC Conference and Expo.

New Delta App Facilitates Care Coordination
CrescendoConnect is designed to help Care-at-Home providers facilitate communications between caregivers, physicians, patients, and families.

House, Senate Pass Combined Bill to Fight Opioid Crisis
A rare bipartisan bill has passed the House and Senate. Law to battle opioid epidemic lifts ban on Medicaid funds.

Non-Invasive Ventilation System Helps COPD Patients
Patients suffering from COPD with chronic respiratory failure CRF and using Home Non-Invasive Ventilation live longer, are less likely to be admitted to a hospital and cost Medicare significantly less than patients using other devices.

Yorktel Adds Video Telehealth to Epic's Patient Portal
Integration will enable clinicians and patients to launch a Univago HE video call directly from within an Epic application.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Medicare Advantage for Private Duty Agencies: Advantage or Disadvantage?
Starting in January, home care can submit claims to Medicare Advantage plans for services provided to their enrolled members. Moving into this world is not as easy as it sounds. Anne Tomlinson and Ginny Kenyon sort it out for you.
 
Have You Seen These New Technologies?
We thought we had seen it all. We hadn't. This week's HCAOA exhibit hall was an educational experience for us, as they will be for you. These new technologies we found range from patient care to financial management to employee recruitment and retention. We even learned about home remodeling for aging in place.

As of this date, approximately 31,163,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

NAHC 2018 Annual Meeting*National Association of Home Care and Hospice
October 7-9
Gaylord Texan
Grapevine, TX

Information and registration


TRANSFORMATIONS *
New York Association of Health Care Providers
Annual Management Conference and Exhibition


October 23-24
Uniondale, NY
Information and registration


The 8th Annual Medicare Compliance Cruise *

Presented by Pearson & Bernard, PSC

January 12-19, 2019
Departs from Ft. Lauderdale

Information and registration


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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

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

QAPI 101

Presented by HealthcarefirstHosted by ElevatingHOME & HHQI
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Free
Audience: Home Health Agencies
Register Here


ElevatingHOME and HHQI will review the 5 Standards that are required to be included into an agency’s QAPI program. They will discuss possible activities, tools, and resources for each standard, as well as infection prevention and patient safety.



 

Wound Care Basics: Acute and Chronic Wound Healing
Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Myra Varnado, BS, RN, CWOCN, Director of Clinical Services, Corstrata
Date: Thursday, October 9
Time: 2:00 pm EDT

Fee: $59
Register
*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing
Providing the best level of Wound Care for your patients is an expensive and daunting task.  Or is it?  To be an expert at Wound Care, you first must master the basics.  This education session will get your clinicians on the right path to improving outcomes for your Wound population.  Part 1 of a 4-part Series.


Public Policy Leadership Series

Presented by: ElevatingHOME

Featuring:

• Joy Cameron, Vice President, Policy and Innovation, ElevatingHOME and VNAA
• Bill Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
• Sarah Myers, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare

Schedule: Wednesdays, October 3 - November 7
Session 1: October 3
Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Fee: Free to ElevatingHome, VNAA, and Alliance for Home Health Quality Improvement members

Click here for complete schedule and registration




Hospitalization Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs)

Presented by HealthcareFirst
Hosted by ElevatingHOME & HHQI

Date: December 12
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Free

Information and registration

In this webinar, ElevatingHOME and HHQI will explore how to develop hospitalization avoidance Performance Improvement Project (PIP) for your Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. This will include data collection, goals, interventions, rapid-cycle testing, spread, and sustainment. They will review several key strategies to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and emergent visits.



PDGM is on the Horizon - What Now?

Presented by Netsmart

Featuring: Chris Attaya, President, Rapid Recovery Center; AJ Peterson,Netsmart VP of Interoperability

Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Fee: None

Register
To thrive in the regulatory climate today, it’s important to stay ahead of the changes and adjust your business model to face the challenges. That is why we invited Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) to share the latest updates from CMS and to review the components of the proposed Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) program.  
Using data from the SHP national database, Chris Attaya, vice president of product strategy, and Zeb Clayton, vice president of client services, will identify the expected winners and losers of the new model. They will share insights around the operational and clinical changes you need to consider to remain a vital organization. Teresa Craig, director of client strategy for Netsmart, will join the discussion to outline what you should expect from your EHR partner as you prepare for the new PDGM requirements.
Key Takeaways:
  • The latest updates from CMS and the components of the proposed PDGM model
  • Insights to help your agency prepare for a PDGM-like model
  • How to work with your EHR partner to prepare for new requirements


OASIS-D: Ensuring Consistency & Accuracy

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Melissa Abbott, RN, MSN, MHA, of 5 Star Consultants

Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $99 (per attendee)

Information & Registration

* This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing.

OASIS! Possibly the most spoken word, or acronym, in the Home Health industry. And just when you get to grips with the current version, the next set of changes arrive before you know it, this time in the form of OASIS-D. In this webinar, you will gain an understanding of the significant changes D brings to OASIS and how to ensure consistencies and accuracy within your agency.

 

*Curaport, LLC is an approved provider of Continuing Education by the California Board of Registered Nursing. All states accept this certification for their licensing requirements. No refund shall be given, except for any change in date or time of the webinar. In such case, a full refund shall be given to the registrant upon request.



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