Volume 6, Number 45 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

 

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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.

 
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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

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

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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
Ongoing
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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

Registration


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
Click here to register

(approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing)


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

Registration



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

Click here to register

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

 



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