Volume 6, Number 39 October  4, 2017

Dear Reader,

Once more this week, with Editor Tim Rowan is taking some time away, we continue our series of articles by guest writers. Tim is planning to get back to covering industry news in time for the NAHC Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, October 15-17. He will also be demonstrating our Home Care Reviews online reputation enhancement system at the HCAOA meeting in Austin, Texas.

As you stroll through the exhibit hall at the Long Beach Convention Center, be sure to seek out and thank this publication's sponsors, without whom this weekly free newsletter would not be possible. Here is where you can find them at the NAHC meeting:

Briggs - 816

HomeCare HomeBase - 844

Kinnser - 536

Playmaker - 1238

Sandata - 402

Brighttree- 624

OperaCare- 331

Delta- 445

In this week's news:

Our guest authors continue to help us with our ongoing effort to explore all facets of the Electronic Visit Verification mandate. With each state selecting its own EVV model, watching state by state decisions is important to everyone. Be sure to check Sandata CEO Tom Underwood's essay on why EVV benefits home health providers, regardless of any mandate.

Ankota CEO Ken Accardi offers tips for anyone considering starting a new home health agency or hospice. Even if you have already started an agency, look over his seven tips to make sure you have covered all the bases.

Writing for Change Healthcare, formerly known as McKesson Extended Care Services, VP of Product Management Amy Shallhart weighs in on "Four Keys to Future Home Health Success." We are publishing her excellent piece in two segments. This week, in part 2, she describes keys three and four.

Finally, and most importantly to our clinician readers, telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella has discovered an educational system aimed at people diagnosed as prediabetics. She reports on research that indicates lifestyle education can prevent many from devolving into full diabetes. And now this education is available remotely in the home.

As Tim would say, "Have a great week. Keep making a difference."

Kristin Girard, Marketing Director
Home Care Technology Report


Editor signature
Tim Rowan

Preventing Diabetes with Telehealth Education for Pre-Diabetics
If nothing is done, millions of people diagnosed as prediabetic will develop diabetes. Research has shown lifestyle education can have a profound preventative impact.

Don't Just Comply with EVV; Embrace It
CEO outlines six ways implementing an EVV solution will improve overall operations.

7 Keys to Starting a Home Health or Hospice Agency
Ankota CEO Ken Accardi shares insights he has gained over the years into the steps that must be taken when starting a new in-home care provider agency.

Four Keys to Future Home Health Success, Part II
Last week, in part I, Amy Shellhart explored how technology companies are tackling the challenges of the home health organization of the future. In part II, Ms. Shellhart assesses a 2016 article by Landers et al, titled, "The Future of Home Health Care: A Strategic Framework for Optimizing Value.

When you click on these ads,
you make sure HCTR continues to come to you for free.

During the 3rd Quarter of 2017, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 2425 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:


Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Defensible Documentation: Five Essentials for Home Health Providers
Getting documentation right the first time saves time and can increase the quality of patient care. Does your agency's documentation strategy include these five essentials?
Four Keys to Future Home Health Success, Part One
Change Healthcare weighs in on the four key characteristics of the home health agency of the future.

As of this date, approximately 27,159,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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

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

*HCTR will see you there.
Connected Health: RPM and Telehealth Summit
6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Conference
January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
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
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State

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


International Guidelines for Home Health Nursing

Presented by: International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)

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


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
:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

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

Strategic Use of Technology in Home Health and Hospice Organizations

Presented by: Elevating Home and Brightree

Thursday, October 12
1:00 p.m. EDT

Speakers include:

  • Melissa Polly, Brightree (Moderator)
  • Paul Pisano, CEO, Interim Healthcare - Hartford
  • Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, CEO, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Todd Montigney, Managing Director and Founding Member, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
  • Nick Knowlton, CommonWell Alliance and Brightree


The Clinician's Role in CoP Compliance

Presented by: SelectData

Thursday, October 19
1:30 p
.m. EDT

Contact person: Lisa Engle services@selectdata.com

Webinar hosts, send your announcements to: Conferences@RowanResources.com

Did you receive this issue as a forward from a colleague? Would you like to have your own free subscription? Click here.

Home Care Technology Report is published by Rowan Consulting Associations, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO. All rights reserved. Request reprint permission by writing to editor@homecaretechreport.com.

HCTR is free to subscribers and supported by its generous advertisers. To inquire about presenting your message to our 5,000 subscribers, write to Kristin in our ad sales department, Kristin@RowanResources.com.