Volume 6, Number 43 November  15, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

As promised, I have been taking notes throughout my total knee replacement experience and will be writing up my story toward the end of the year, after I have gathered a few more PT sessions and have more to report. After years of writing about your efforts to help people through joint replacement, it has been quite educational to go through it firsthand.

In this week's news: Private Duty, non-medical home care providers are facing unprecedented competition, fueled by investors seeking to get in on a profitable healthcare sector, growing to meet the needs of 76 million aging Baby Boomers. Many owners have learned to use tech tools to compete by enhancing their online reputation. We have a basic primer this week on how they are moving their company from Google's back pages to the top of search results.

Also this week, telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella files the first of a series of stories about this year's Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium. We sent her to Boston to learn what leaders in remote patient monitoring are saying this year about the latest technologies, about patient engagement, and about technologies to improve patient outcomes. Her story is important to both medical and non-medical providers.

For Medicare providers, we continue to present resources to help you prepare for the 2018 PPS changes. Home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue offers a detailed examination of patient rights, as explained in CMS's recently released Interpretive Guidelines.

Speaking of changes, we have found multiple resources to help with both PPS and CoPs. Even thought the dreaded HHGM system is no longer part of the changes, there is still a lot for you to learn and preparations to make.

Lastly, please remember that this newsletter comes to you absolutely free thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Please take a look at their message here on this page and on our web site. Click on them to see what they have to offer. That way, we can continue our efforts to keep you informed.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Draft Interpretive Guidelines: Informed Consent
Veteran home health attorney Elizabeth Hogue analyzes the patient rights requirement in the new Conditions of Participation.

Private Duty Home Care Suffers From Extreme Competition
As competition in Private Duty, non-medical home care reaches a fever pitch, owners are looking for ways to keep census growing. Many have turned to online reputation management and found success. Here is how they do it.

House Votes for VETS Act Expansion
Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 clears U.S. House, goes to Senate.

Front and Center: Healthy Older Adults
Telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella files the first of a series of in-depth reports from this year's Partner's Health Care Connected Health Symposium

HEALTHCAREfirst Releases "CAREpliance"™ Technology for Hospice
Hospice EHR now offers enhanced, guided clinical workflows for strengthening clinical documentation and ensuring compliance for hospice providers.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
CMS Releases 2018 Final Rule Fact Sheet
Last week, CMS issued a final rule (CMS-1672-F) that updates the calendar year 2018 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies serving Medicare beneficiaries. We reprint the entire fact sheet here for you.
 
Book Review: New Marrellli Guide Tackles Your #1 Problem
An informal poll of medical and non-medical home care agency owners and administrators revealed that personnel issues -- from staffing to training to compliance violations -- dominate their daytime thoughts and nighttime anxieties. Just in time, Tina Marrelli's A Guide for Caregiving arrives. Read our book review to see why we recommend you do not buy it for yourself. Buy a copy for every one of your in-home caregivers.

As of this date, approximately 27,621,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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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Patient Engagement & Health Literacy

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Stephanie Koehn, RMA, CPC CPPM, CPCO
Thursday, December 7
2:00 p.m. EST
Cost: $39
Click here to register



QAPI Series, Part 4: Revenue Cycle Management

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Diane Link and Nick Seabrook of BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Tuesday, December 12
2:00 p.m.EST
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The Penalty Box Compliance Series: Part 3, Care Planning for HHGM & VBP Success

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN, VP OperaCare
Wednesday, December 6
1:00 p.m. EST
$39

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Navigate your Way to Referral Success in 2018

Presented by Home Care Sales

Featuring Melanie Stover and Cheryl Peltekis
Friday, December 15
12:00 p
.m. EST
Registration and Information



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