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:

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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

*HCTR will see you there.
CONNECTED HEALTH: Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth Summit

6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Congress

January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
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

New England Home Care and Hospice 2018 Conference
Presented by Home Care Associations of:
New Hampshire
Rhode Island

April 25-27
Cliff House Maine Hotel
Cape Neddick

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

Juggling the New CoPs and Other Applicable Laws

Sponsored by Kinnser Software
Featuring Robert W. Markette, Jr., Esq., CHC, of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
Thursday, January 25
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Attend to Learn:

  • Why "legal representative" is a concept you should already be familiar with
  • What compliance with the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act may mean for the new CoPs
  • Why you must be more aware of harassment issues and prepared to take action
  • How harassment issues affect your discharge policies

Free: Register here

Creating A Successful Preceptor Program in Home Health Care

Sponsored by Elevating Home
Michael Ward RN, BSN, Division Director; BAYADA Pediatrics; Margit Moran, RN, BA, Director of Pediatric Clinical Education at BAYADA

Thursday, March 29
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Information and registration

Are You Marketing to the Wrong Person?
A Different Way to Get Home Health Referrals

Presented by Healthcare Synergy
Featuring: Melinda Rodriguez, PT, DPT, MSCS, LSVT
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. PST; 1:00 p.m. EST

In this Webinar, you will:
  • Learn another way to market inpatient facilities other than discharge planners, case managers or social workers.
  • Discuss the role of Home Health in the challenging healthcare environment – Short Term Home health.
  • Describe the Continuum of Care Concept in the post acute care network
  • Identify strategies to reduce risk of acute care readmission.
  • Discuss options for discharge disposition for potential skilled nursing facility candidates to decrease SNF discharge rate for inpatient rehab units.


How to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Presented by Netsmart
Watch now


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


Compliance Program Basics

Presented by Curaport
Featuring: Stephanie Koehn, RMA, CPC, CPPM, CPCO

Tuesday, March 20
2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee (per attendee): $49
Information & Registration

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

The Hospice Cost Report
Prepare Your Way With Expert Advice from Maureen Laskowski

Presented by Healthcare Synergy

Monday, March 12
10:00 a.m. PDT; 1:00 p.m. EDT

Click here to register

Home Health Aide Skills and Documentation

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, WCC, Owner & President, Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Thursday, March 22
2:00 p.m. EDT
Information and registration


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



What Does Behavioral Health Have to do With Home Health Outcomes?

Presented by: Netsmart/DeVero
Featuring: Katherine J. Vanderhorst ,RN-BC,BSN and Dr. Amy Craven

Thursday, February 22
2:00 p.m. Eastern
Learn why integrating behavioral health with chronic care management can improve star ratings.

Many home health patients have co-existing Chronic Behavioral Health problems that are not dealt with. If not addressed, problems like anxiety and depression leave patients unable to self-manage diabetes, congestive heart failure, CHF, COPD and other serious medical conditions. This presentation will show why recognizing and managing behavioral health diagnoses and can have a positive outcome on your agency’s STAR ratings. Presented by Katherine J. Vanderhorst ,RN-BC,BSN and Dr. Amy Craven.


The Penalty Box Compliance Series Part 6: Audit-Proof Your Visit Notes

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, March 21
1:00 p.m. EDT

Information and registration

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

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

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