Volume 4, Number 44 — November  4, 2015



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

One would think we would grow accustomed to the general trend by now but the specific announcements of each acquisition always comes as a surprise. Of course, Relias Learning has been making a habit of acquiring other online education companies so their October 27 announcement that they bought RediLearning could be taken in stride. But last week we learned that Kinnser Software purchased PPS Plus and that did raise an eyebrow or two (See both stories below).

After some reflection, it does seem like a good fit. Kinnser offers Medicare EMR software for HHAs and hospices and last year acquired ADLware to add private duty. PPS Plus provides clinical analysis and benchmarking services for Medicare providers, plus fields a crack team of coding and compliance educators. Together, they say, they will inspire each other toward more innovations. We can't wait to see exactly what that means.

We were also happy to hear that John Shinn and company will remain intact, remain in Biloxi, and keep the PPS Plus name alive. What will be interesting to watch will be the reaction of Kinnser's competitors. PPS Plus has integrations with a number of EMR systems and also plays well with non-integrated systems. The joint press release says those relationships will continue unfettered, which would be the ideal outcome for all of their customers.

Finally, just as this issue was about to be wrapped up in a bow and sent out, we received news that one of Ohio's leading HHAs, Home Care by Black Stone, was acquired on November 4 by Almost Family. Black Stone's $29 million private duty and $21 million skilled nursing revenue will bring Almost Family's Ohio revenue estimates to over $120 million annually. Almost Family operates in Ohio, Florida and twelve other states. We will speak with Black Stone CEO David Tramontana next week and find out if this development will have any effect on their ongoing Allscripts implementation.

Lifting our gaze beyond the inner world of transactions, we notice that CMS has been busy. Everyone else has been analyzing their final rule for HHAs for 2016 so we thought we would focus on two other rules, lest they be overlooked in the angst over reimbursement developments. We reprint Elizabeth Hogue's study of new discharge planning requirements that will soon appear as a new condition of participation. You thought getting physicians to sign face-to-face documents was a pain. Wait until you are required to sit down with them and work out your joint responsibilities for how you are both going to continue to take care of your patients after they are no longer your patients.

CMS has also embarked on a project to reduce hospital readmission from post-acute care. The new measures will have an impact on all HHAs but the public comment period is only two weeks long, ending on November 16. We have a brief description and a link to the details and the comment address.

Next week: We have noticed a trend in clinical software. Last week at the NAHC meeting in Nashville, we examined two tablet-based point-of-care systems that signal a generational leap in technology, compliance, and ease-of-use. Brightree and HEALTHCAREfirst join products such as Delta's Crescendo and others to put clinicians in charge of how clinical software is designed. We will try to figure out what these innovations signify for the direction SaaS point-of-care is going.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Urgent CMS News: Public Comment on New Post-Acute Readmission Rules
Let's do this! CMS is developing new potentially preventable readmission measures for post-acute providers to follow. The public comment period ends November 16. Read this article, download the document, and click on the link to add your comments.

New Discharge Planning Requirements May Reach CoP Level for HHAs
CMS proposes to add a Condition of Participation (CoP) for discharge planning. If finalized, these proposed regulations will require agencies to devote considerably more time and resources to discharge planning activities. The 60-day open comment period has begun.

Relias Learning Acquires RediLearning
Acquisition furthers Relias’ leadership position in online training for senior care.

VNAA Congratulates 47 Members Named to 2015 HomeCare Elite
The national association for not-for-profit healthcare at home providers, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, released the list of its members recognized this year for clinical excellence.

Vendor Watch
— Kinnser Software Acquires PPS Plus
— Curantis Solutions, LLC, Announces Customer Rollout of Innovative Hospice Management Software

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
The Care Plan and Documentation: Practical Application of the Fundamentals
Tina Marrelli, who was the editor of Home Health Nurse for eight years, has graciously allowed us to reprint one of her most popular and widely-read instructional guides for healthcare at home clinicians.
 
Congress Slams CMS Over 2016 Home Health Cuts
On September 18, 133 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, from both sides of the aisle, delivered a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt expressing their deep concern with proposed Medicare home health funding cuts. On September 24, a bipartisan group of Senators followed up with their own letter expressing the same concerns.

As of this date, approximately 19,459,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

AgeTech Expo *Aging 2.0
November 19-20
San Francisco
Details and Registration


Technology Symposium & Vendor Showcase *Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice
November 17
Columbus
Details and Registration


Home Care Sales & Marketing Society Executive Strategic Summit * Home Care Sales and Marketing Society
January 28-29
Holiday Inn Orlando – Downtown Disney
Lake Buena Vista
More information

Leading Change Together
Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual Meeting and Exposition
March 9-10
Lombard
Information and Registration


ITS' A Whole New Ballgame: 2017 Annual ConferenceMichigan Home Care & Hospice Association

May 3-5
Grand Traverse Resort
Acme, MI
Information and Registration


Public Policy Leadership Conference
Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Wednesday, September 14 at 8:00 AM through Thursday, September 15 at 3:00 PM
Washington Court Hotel
Washington, DC

More information and registration

 


By the Numbers: ICD-10 Coding Conference
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
September 13-14
Westin Galleria Hotel
Houston


Information and registration



By the Numbers: ICD-10 Coding Conference

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
September 13-14
Westin Galleria Hotel
Houston

Information and registration


Home Care Sales and Marketing Society *
6th Annual Conference

Learn tactics and techniques for gaining more patients and clients. This year, two breakout tracks: "Field Sales Tactics" and "Internal Operational Excellence: Intake, Admissions and Inquiry."

October 6-7
Bally's Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas
Click here for more information


HURRICANE Home Care Marketing Boot Camp 2.0 *
October 5-7
Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport
http://homecaremarketing.net/hurricanebootcamp/

Annual Meeting *
National Association for Home Care and Hospice

October 23-25
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Orlando

Information and Registration


Pre-Claim Revue Implementation
Palmetto GBA and CGS Tours Texas in Partnership with TAHC&H

Multiple Locations:
October 11 – McAllen
October 13 – San Antonio
November 16 – Houston
November 17 – Dallas
Details for each conference


The Journey Forward
South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association Annual Conference
December 5-6
Hyatt Place + Hyatt House | Historic District
Charleston
www.schchaconferences.com

The 6th Annual Medicare Compliance Cruise *

Presented by Pearson & Bernard, PSC

January 15-22
Departs from Ft. Lauderdale
Information and registration


2017 Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit

Sponsoring Associations:

  • Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home
  • Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine
  • Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
  • Home Care Association of New Hampshire
  • Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey
  • Home Care Association of New York State
  • New York State Association of Health Care Providers
  • Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care
  • VNAs of Vermont

January 17-19, 2017
Colonnade Hotel
Boston

Information and Registration


OASIS-C2: The Next Steps

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
Presented by Lisa Selman-Holman
January 19, 2017
Westin Riverwalk Hotel

San Antonio 
Details and registration


Homecare 100 *February 4-7
Ritz-Carlton
Amelia Island, FL
Registration is full. To be added to the waiting list, contact Miriam Adams at madams@lincolnhc.com

National Leadership Conference *
Sponsored by:
Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

April 19-21

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
https://www.homebasedcareevents.com/

Omaha System International ConferenceA Key to Practice, Documentation and Information Management
April 20-22, 2017
Eagan, MN
Bi-annual conference offers opportunities to gain knowledge about using electronic health records across diverse settings, exchanging health information, and enabling data sharing among practice, education, and research. For additional information about the conference, the call for poster abstracts and award nominations, and to register, visit www.omahasystem.org/conferences.html.
Email abstracts to lchoromanski@gillettechildrens.com

ATA Annual Meeting

American Telemedicine Association
April 23-25
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando

http://www.ata2017.org


Pediatric Home Care Conference

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 9
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark

Details and registration


New England Home Care & Hospice Conference & Trade ShowMay 16-18
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, NH
Brochure and Registration

Annual Conference *Home Care Association of Colorado
May 17-19
Keystone Resort & Conference Center
Keystone, CO
http://www.homecareofcolorado.org


Home Health Emergency Preparedness CoP Requirements:
Getting Your Agency Ready

Featuring Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA
Free, sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirstSeptember 13

1:00 pm Central Time
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark

Details and registration

http://www.healthcarefirst.com/webinars/

  • Overview of the emergency preparedness requirement
  • What surveyors will be looking for
  • Steps home health agencies should take to prepare

2018 Annual Conference

AHHC of North Carolina

May 7-9
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

Register


West Coast Payer and Provider Summit to Address Social Determinants of Health for Complex PopulationsA World Health Care Congress Executive Series Event

June 4-5

Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley
Scottsdale, AZ


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Post Acute 360: Strategy and Solutions Conference

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

June 25-27
Gaylord National Resort
National Harbor, MD
Information and Registration


NAHC Financial Managers Meeting

July 15-17
Austin, TX
Information and Registration


Leading in a Changing World

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice 49th Annual Meeting
August 8-9
Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel & Convention Center
Frisco

Information and registration


Home Care Cruise

Sponsored by: HealthCare Synergy
Featuring: Melinda Gaboury, Michael Tidd, Paula Pettit
Dates: August 24-27
Location: Carnival Inspiration, Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico

Information and Registration

(Early Bird Pricing Ends May 15)


Medicare and Managed Care Reimbursement Necessities

Presented by HealthCare Synergy, Inc. and Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council

Featuring: Melinda Gaboury, COS-C
Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 8:30 am CDT
Location: Northern Illinois University

This is an In-person Workshop and Live Webinar

Information and Registration

(HealthCare Synergy clients, call for a special discount: 714-229-8700; ext 118 for Rangsey Ouk or ext. 137 for Edleen English.)

To maximize your reimbursement, you need to be well informed. Melinda Gaboury of Healthcare Provider Solutions, and a trusted consultant for HealthCare Synergy, will help you stay on top of constantly changing regulatory requirements so you can get paid.


Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Academy

Presented by: The Health Group, LLC

Date: September 17-18
Location: Mirage Las Vegas

Information and registration


2018 National Leadership Conference *

Home Care Association of America

Date:
September 22-25
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington DC

 

Information for Providers and Exhibitors


NAHC 2018 Annual Meeting*National Association of Home Care and Hospice
October 7-9
Gaylord Texan
Grapevine, TX

Information and registration


*HCTR will see you there.

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2017 Regulatory Updates, Including Home Health Conditions of Participation

Free Webinar Hosted by DeVero Software and Relias Learning
Featured Speakers: Michael Tidd, Healthcare Synergy; Robert Love, DeVero
Tuesday, March 21
2:00 pm EDT / 11:00 am PDT

Register Here


 

Care Management: What to Know and Why to Care
Presented by Curaport
Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 2:00 pm EDT

Fee: $79
Register
Care Management is both under-utilized and misunderstood.  Care Managers are becoming their clients’ true partners in health for life.  Care Management aims to improve a person’s experience with the healthcare system by enhancing coordination of care, eliminating duplication, and helping patients and caregivers effectively manage health conditions.
*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing

 




How to be the TOP DOG Sales Rep
Sponsored by PlaymakerCRM
Featuring Cheryl Peltekis, RN
December 14
2:00 EST
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Grow Your Census with Online Marketing Tools

Sponsored by Shoshana Technologies

October 20
http://rosemarksystem.com



Public Policy Leadership Series

Presented by: ElevatingHOME

Featuring:

• Joy Cameron, Vice President, Policy and Innovation, ElevatingHOME and VNAA
• Bill Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
• Sarah Myers, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare

Schedule: Wednesdays, October 3 - November 7
Session 1: October 3
Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Fee: Free to ElevatingHome, VNAA, and Alliance for Home Health Quality Improvement members

Click here for complete schedule and registration




Navigating the Final Rule for Medicare PPS for CY 2017
Sponsored by PPS Plus
Tuesday, November 15, 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST
Featuring Dave Macke, CHFP, FHFMA
Director of Reimbursement Services, VonLehman & Company
FREE

Register here


P2P Forum: Strategies to Improve Your Referral, Intake, and Order Processes

Presented by HealthcareFirst
Hosted by CMS

Date: September 13
Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Fee: None

Information and registration

If your home health or hospice agency spends a large amount of time processing documentation associated with referrals, intake, and orders, delaying turnaround times and billing, you will not want to miss this Forum. Kim Gaffey, MSN, RN, owner of Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice, will share how her agency has significantly improved accuracy, compliance, and turnaround time while reducing time spent managing documentation with HEALTHCAREfirst and Forcura. They are now receiving orders within 24-48 hours and are billing RAPs within 7 days of the start of care, improving their cash flow and profit margins too! Join us to learn how you can experience results like these in this 30-minute open forum. 



Why your claims are being denied:  Performing a self-assessment of your ZPIC, Pre-Claims, and VBP liabilities

Featuring Michael McGowan, CEO, OperaCare
Tuesday, January 17
2:00 p.m. EST
Cost:  $79
Register


2017 What You Need to Know about Electronic Visit Verification

EVV offers many benefits to agencies and care providers, and choosing the right solution can lead to improved operating efficiency, caregiver communication, quality of care, and client satisfaction.

Wednesday, March 15
11:00 am MST - 12:15 pm MST

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Creating Integrated Care Models in Post-Acute

Presented by Netsmart

Featuring: Mark Fritz, President, Rapid Recovery Center; AJ Peterson,Netsmart VP of Interoperability

Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Fee: None

Register
As the post-acute industry continues the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care models, provider organizations are rethinking the way they measure and prove their value to payers and referral partners. One emerging requirement of preferred provider networks is the ability to participate in integrated care models. Join Mark Fritz, President of Rapid Recovery Center, as he shares how his organization has embraced integrated care programs to thrive in value-based care. AJ Peterson, Vice President of Interoperability at Netsmart, will present strategies providers can leverage to integrate to care networks and prove value.
 
You will learn:
  • What an integrated care network looks like
  • How to best prepare for integrated care models
  • How to identify where your organization fits into integrated care
  • Strategies to position your organization as the preferred referral destination


Under Pressure — OASIS Service Utilization Review

Presented by Michael McGowan of OperaCare
Thursday, April 6
12:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: $49
Registration



What You Need To Know About Electronic Visit Verification
Presented by Darby Anderson, CDO, Addus HomeCare Corporation
Sponsored by CellTrak
Wednesday, April 12
1:00 p.m. EDT
Cost:  Complimentary
Registration link
 


Understanding the Effect Functional Scoring Has on Your Agency
Presented by Chad Whitefield, PTA, Managing Partner of Advance Rehabilitation Management Group
Thursday, April 13
2:00 p.m. EST
Cost:  $99
Registration link 


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


QAPI Overview

Presented by Diane Link, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Tuesday, May 23rd
2:00 p.m. EST
Cost:  $99
Registration


How to Address Home Health Survey Deficiencies

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Heather Calhoun, RN, COS-C, HCS-D, HCS-H, Home Health Solutions, LLC

Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $99 (per attendee)

Information & Registration

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

Your Hospice Agency had its survey recently, and unfortunately received some deficiencies.  Despite all of your preparation, task forces and process improvement projects, they found something.  You are not alone in this!  This happens to the best agencies, but this webinar will teach you and your team how to address these Deficiencies – and how to analyze the reason(s) a Deficiency was cited. 

*Curaport, LLC is an approved provider of Continuing Education by the California Board of Registered Nursing. All states accept this certification for their licensing requirements. No refund shall be given, except for any change in date or time of the webinar. In such case, a full refund shall be given to the registrant upon their request.

 




Building a Successful, Data-Driven Quality Program

Presented by Brightree

Featuring: Rhonda Dornbos, RN, BSN, Chief Clinical Information Officer, DB HealthTech Consulting
Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: 1:00 pm CDT

Free Registration

The home care and hospice industry is increasingly competitive. The shift from “volume” to “value” means that agencies must increasingly focus on quality outcomes and prove their “worth” to customers and referral sources alike.  Agencies must have a robust quality program in place that identifies, tracks, and trends key metrics against agency goals.  Successful agencies not only have visibility into their current performance, but they continually modify and develop new strategies for improvement, while engaging their clinicians.



Using a Sales & Marketing Dashboard to Get Ahead of Your Competition

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Melanie Stover, OT, MBA, Homecare Sales

Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Fee: $59 (per attendee)

Information and registration

Webinar Overview
Driving patient admissions and revenue is the top priority for your sales team. Creating a system that quickly monitors production is key to keeping your agency on track for sustainable growth.

This webinar will provide your agency with 3 ways to use your dashboard to get ahead (and stay ahead!) of your competition.



Introduction to the CMS Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) Program

Presented by: ElevatingHome
Featuring:

  • Pallavi Talekar, Project Manager, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Ray Wilkerson, Sr. Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Nandini Ganguly, Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Briana Barnes, Project Coordinator, Scope Infotech, Inc.
Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Registration

 

Participants will gain understanding of the CMS-driven Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability program, focused on reducing provider burden by engaging health care providers and stakeholders in pilots that establish secure communication to share medical documentation by aligning with nationally recognized interoperable standards. This event is designed for providers and vendors who are willing to enhance their workflows and communication to achieve efficiency by reducing time and cost.

In this session participants will learn about interoperability and shift in the health care IT landscape, EMDI pilot program details, EMDI pilot program benefits, and how to partner with the EMDI to achieve interoperability.



The Penalty Box Compliance Series Part 8: The IMPACT Act

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, May 23
1:00 p.m. EDT
$39

Information and registration

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



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