Volume 8, Number 43 October  30, 2019



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We feature news of interest to nurses and other clinicians this week. But first, just as we were going to press, we read the statement from CMS that they have finalized PDGM details. The headline is that they have backed off a little from their 8.01% behavioral adjustment. They still will not concede that the very idea of reducing payments in advance based on their assumptions of how you might adapt to PDGM is a bad one. But they have temporarily cut the adjustment to 4.36%. The full statement of the rule will be published in the Federal Register on November 8.

Attention Nurses

Our two lead articles will be of particular interest to our friends on the front line. Staff writer Darcey Trescone, a nurse herself, looked into the growing popularity of Artificial Intelligence and data analytics. Her article, "Technology is Changing How We Practice Nursing," explores the impact of these new technology advances on the practice of nursing.

I interviewed a nurse I met at the NAHC meeting this month and watched a demonstration of her new software system. She built it to deal with the nursing shortage but it will be as beneficial to nurses as it will to the employers needing to fill positions and visits. Read about my chat with Cara Lundstrom, RN, founder and CEO of "Holliblu," in "Nurse Tackles Nursing Shortage with Free App." You will enjoy Cara's app, especially the part about it being free for nurses to use.

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Attention CIOs

I was intrigued by an article I found about SFF, Small Form Factor computers, so I looked into it in some detail. Some IT industry experts believe these ultra compacts, some as small as 4" by 4", have already made the desktop computer obsolete. If requisitioning and provisioning hardware systems for your office comes under your purview, take a look at what I learned in "Is the Desktop PC Dead?"

Vendor Watch

This week's briefing includes news from SutureHealth, a description of a different kind of electronic medication adherence manager from cue-Rx, and an easy-to-use location tracker by AngelSense for persons with dementia and children on the autism spectrum.

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Worth the trip

The New Mexico Association for Home Care and Hospice holds its annual meeting in Albuquerque on November 7-8. I am honored to be moderating a panel discussion featuring top national experts in interoperability. I hope to see some of you there. The following week, Decision Health hosts its annual Private Duty conference at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Roger McManus and I will be there to announce the release of a vastly upgraded version of our online reputation management software system. Across town, Michael Ferris is holding a Home Health Sales Training Bootcamp, November 12-13 at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort. In December, Dixon Healthcare Solutions invites you to parallel seminars for home health and hospice at Bally's in Las Vegas. Scroll down for details about each of these opportunities.

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Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Technology is Changing How We Practice Nursing
The ability to compile data from multiple sources and utilize algorithms to present content, such as potential risks and potential disease trajectory, enhances the role of the nurse and care team.

Nurse Tackles Nursing Shortage with Free App
Startup plans to go nationwide with online community of nurses.

Is the Desktop PC Dead? Meet "Small Form Factor" Computing
Intel's "NUC," AMD's yet unnamed Small Form Factor PC, and Apple's "Mac Mini" may soon escort the familiar PC tower out the same door that welcomed VCRs, CDs, and fax machines.

Vendor Watch
— SutureHealth Launches New Brand
— cue-Rx is a different kind of medication adherence manager
— AngelSense keeps track of persons with dementia and children with autism


 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Technology New and Old Makes News at NAHC Conference and Expo
Quick-read snippets we learned from exhibit hall vendors at the 2019 meeting in Seattle.
 
Honor Care Network Adds New Partners in New States
Agencies Join Growing Network to Alleviate Caregiver Workforce Shortage in Ohio and Michigan.

As of this date, approximately 35,475,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

WEBINAR: 5 Crucial Ways to Prepare for PDGM

Sponsored by: HealthCare Synergy

Featuring: Michael Tidd, LVN, COS-C, COS-D
Dates: November 13
Time:
10:00 am PST / 1:00 am EST

Information and Registration

Agencies are rapidly trying to prepare for the PDGM payment model. We will show you the most crucial ways an agency can prepare for the internal changes needed for PDGM. While most agencies are focusing on how to instruct clinicians on the change, PDGM has the most impact on office functions. Attend and gain insight on the things the agency needs to be doing now to prepare for January 1, 2020.

Objectives:
1. Learn agency level changes that can be implemented to be successful in 2020
2. Understand how to approach budgeting and finances under PDGM
3. What do your clinicians really need to know to ensure the agencies continued success

Michael Tidd has over 19 years of experience in the Home Care Industry and is a frequent speaker at HealthCare Synergy Workshops and Webinars. He is a Software Developer, LVN and Certified in ICD-9/10 Coding and OASIS (COS-C, HCS-D). As the Clinical Manager for HealthCare Synergy, he directs the Outsourced Management Services, assists in directing the development of the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition, oversees the Clinical Documentation Auditing provided to clients and directs the Clinical Form Development for the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition. Michael continues to educate agencies in the ongoing regulations that CMS produces, the proper application of the Medicare Conditions of Participation and completing timely, accurate and defendable clinical documentation to survive in the current Medicare Reimbursement Model.


Webinar: Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs

Presented by: CMS

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Fee: Free

Description: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar for Medicare-certified hospice providers to provide an overview on Hospital Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements.

During this webinar, CMS subject matter experts will provide information on the following topics:

  • Hospice Item Set (HIS) reporting requirements;
  • HQRP compliance cycle;
  • How to achieve hospice compliance;
  • CAHPs survey requirements; and
  • How to switch CAHPS survey research vendors.

CMS will answer questions at the end of the webinar as time permits.

Register

Conference: Successful Home Health Transformation

Hosted Dixon Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Date: December 5-6
Location
: Bally's, Las Vegas
Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Speakers: Richard K. Dixon, Cheryl Peltekis, RN, Meaghan McCormick, Esq., Donna Floyd, RN, BSN, J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, BCCH-C, COS-C, WCC; Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C; Cory Mertz, managing partner for a leading healthcare M&A firm.

Information and Registration

Approved for up to 10 hours of Continuing Nursing Education by Corexcel, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

 


 

WEBINAR: PDGM Preparation: Operational Strategies

Sponsored by Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions & MedBridge

Date: December 5
Time: 1:00 pm EST

Information and Registration

Knowing that resources are tight as PDGM approaches, Kornetti & Krafft is offering a free overview of OASIS D1 to ensure that changes to this critical data collection instrument do not get lost in the shuffle.

What is Included:

  • Highlight key differences between OASIS D and D1
  • Make an informed decision about the use of "=" as a response
  • As an outsourced OASIS/Coding company, the most commonly seen OASIS errors and proven strategies for success will be included.

 


Homecare 100 *January 19-22
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort
Miami, FL

https://www.homecare100.com/

WEBINAR: Key Documentation Issues for 2020 & the Future

A 90-Minute Lunch & Learn Audio Conference by Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. Health Care Attorney

Date: March 18
Time:
1:00 - 2:30 EDT

Encore date:
March 25; On-demand recording available


Information and Registration

Documentation remains a key requirement for home care providers as the consequences for inadequate documentation become more severe.

  • What can home health agencies do to avoid denials by ZPICs, RACs, etc., for lack of homebound status and reasonable and necessary care?
  • What kind of documentation must home health agencies, hospices, private duty agencies and HME companies maintain regarding gifts to referral sources and payments to physicians who make referrals to them?
  • How can providers avoid an increase in enforcement action in this area?
  • What kinds of documentation problems are private duty agencies facing with regard to recoupments from state Medicaid Programs?
  • What dangers do electronic medical records cause for all types of home health providers?
  • Is it true that if it wasn't documented, it wasn't done?
Gather your staff members to emphasize effective documentation yet again. Real examples of cases involving problematic documentation will be presented. Questions and case examples are welcome, and extensive handouts will be provided for use by staff members.

Free Webinar: Marketing During a Lockdown

 

Presented by: Savii

Featuring: Steve Weiss

Date: April 21
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 EDT

Who should attend this webinar?

Home care agency owners, directors, and marketers who want to remain relevant in their market and prepare for anticipated growth as we come out of a crisis.

You will walk away armed with knowledge about:

  • What you should be doing now
  • How to contact your referral sources
  • Creative ways to grow and maintain your business

Information and Registration

Course materials will be sent to all who register, even if you cannot attend.

Steve "The Hurricane" Weiss is a dynamic and entertaining public speaker, known for his expert knowledge in all things sales and marketing. From a young age, Steve has been driven to succeed, and excelled across vastly different industries. Steve founded his current company, Hurricane Marketing Enterprises, in 2012 with a goal to help other business owners across the country. In a few short years, he grew it to a seven-figure business and it has been booming ever since.

Recordings Available: Pandemic Recovery - Rebuild Stronger Than Ever

Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice

Two days of keynote and breakout presentations for home health and hospice providers.

Purchase Recordings

 


FREE WEBINAR: The Road Back: How Home Care Agencies Can Grow and Be Safe After COVID0-19

Sponsored by: AlayaCare

Featuring: Home Care Attorney Robert Markette, Jr. and Erin Vallier, AlayaCare Account Executive

Date: June 11
Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Information and Registration

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused deep changes in how businesses function, with no industry facing as acute challenges that have direct consequences on the lives of Americans than health care. In this new landscape, home and community care has emerged as an invaluable method to deliver services to those who need them safely while respecting physical distancing needs.
In this webinar, we will explore how agencies can reopen office operations in ways that keep employees and clients safe while ensuring efficient scheduling, keeping lines of business open to new referrals, and supporting infectious disease control, among other urgent considerations. A special focus will be placed on leveraging technology available now to help home care providers achieve these necessary measures.


Free Webinar: Home Care Marketing Best Practices for Medicaid Agencies

Presented by: Ankota

Featuring: Steve "The Hurricane" Weiss

Date: June 18
Time: 12:00 EDT
Fee: Free

Register

Here are a few biographical fun-facts about Steve:

  • As a marketer, grew Care Choice, a private duty home care agency from 16 clients to over $5 million in annual revenue
  • His company, Hurricane Marketing Enterprises runs marketing boot camps and provides other services to help agencies grow and thrive
  • Steve has been a featured key-note speaker in many national conferences
  • Check out his website here: homecaremarketing.net
  • The best things about a session with Steve are his passion for home care, his great stories and his infectious energy!

Virtual Conference: Virtual Summit on Health System Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The Nation’s Health System Leaders Engage in a Real-Time Dialogue on Pandemic Recovery and the Future of Health Care in America

Sponsored by: Global Health Care, LLC

Featuring:

  • David Brailer, MD, PhD, Executive Chairman, Health Evolution, Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Former CEO, CareScience
  • Bruce D. Broussard, MBA President and CEO, Humana, Former Chair and Chief Executive Officer, US Oncology
  • Michael W. Cropp, MD, MBA President and CEO, Independent Health, Chairman, Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • Wyatt Decker, MD, MBA CEO, OptumHealth

Date: June 22-25

The Nation’s Health System Leaders Engage in a Real-Time Dialogue on Pandemic Recovery and the Future of Health Care in America

All health care providers offering full-time, hands-on services to COVID patients click here to register at no cost.

All others register here by June 5 for $200 discount




Virtual Conference: ATA Annual Meeting

American Telemedicine Association

Date: June 22-26

Information and Registration


Webinar Series: Sales Training, Home Health and Hospice

Presented by: Healthcare Strategica, LLC

Featuring: Michael Ferris

1 - 8-week Hospice & Palliative Care Sales Training Course

2 - 8-week Home Health Sales Training

Rowan Report subscribers: Register with this link to receive $100 discount.

We have taken our best of class industry specific sales training bootcamps and are offering them via Webinar to enable you to continue to train your sales team in today's world of limited travel and social distancing.

The Hospice and Palliative Care course will be offered live every Tuesday starting May 19 through July 7, 2020.

The Home Health course will be offered live every Tuesday starting May 21 through July 9, 2020.

Each class will have participation exercises, homework assignments, quizzes and question and answer opportunities.

Each participant will receive their own course materials and individual coaching and feedback. At the conclusion of the course each student will receive a certificate of completion, an invitation to join the exclusive Sales Mastery Group* and opportunity to join the 52-week Sales Training Excellence Course.*

* Only available to Sales Professionals that have successfully completed the 8-week Sales Training Course – additional fees may apply.

Each session will be offered on-demand and if unable to attend the live webinar, you will be able to view the recording and participate in exercises, questions, coaching and quizzes. If you start after the first webinar date, you will be provided with access to those classes missed so that you can get caught up or you may elect to attend via the recorded sessions.


Virtual Conference: NAHC Financial Managers Annual Meeting

July 27-30

Register


Conference: Leading Age Leadership Conference

Hosted by: VNAA, Elevating Home, and Leading Age

In light of the President’s national emergency declaration to address the coronavirus pandemic, LeadingAge is postponing the 2020 Leadership Summit originally scheduled April 20-22 to August 10-12, 2020 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

We understand that the possibility or reality of COVID-19 means all-hands-on-deck at our member communities and travel bans for our Business Partners, with a singular focus on the health and welfare of residents, clients, staff, and families.

LeadingAge will continue to assist with information and resources to help you respond to COVID-19. You’ll find a clearinghouse of resources—updated daily—at leadingage.org/coronavirus-resources.

If you registered for the conference, you will be sent an email with information on your registration and hotel reservation.

Information and Registration

With the Leadership Summit, LeadingAge has designed an event for forward-thinking leaders to connect, engage in dialogue, and deepen their knowledge about the future—how we can shape it, and the paths to get there together.

 


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