Volume 6, Number 45 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.
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

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


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:

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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



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.

Register



How to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Presented by Netsmart
Ongoing
Free
Watch now

 


Transitional Care Management - What is Your Practice Missing?

Presented by Curaport
Featuring: Kimberly Kicklighter, MSN, RN,
Director of Nursing & Quality, Successful Health & Wellness Solutions

Thursday, February 22
2:00 p.m. Eastern

Fee: $39

Information & Registration

 



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



Social Worker Documentation: The Route to Quality Assessments

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Christina A. Nuqui, M.S.W., Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Tuesday, February 20
2:00 p.m.EST
$99
Click here to register

(approved for 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.

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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