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


ICD-10 Coding Conference
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice

Featuring Lisa Selman-Holman
September 13-14
Westin Galleria
Houston

Receive up to 11 clock or contact hours.

http://tahch.org/tahchorg/education/icd10


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


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

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


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

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

AHHC 2017 Leadership ConferenceAssociation for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
October 9-10
Holiday Inn Resort
Wrightsville Beach

Click here to register

*HCTR will see you there.
MHHA Annual Conference

Michigan Home Care & Hospice Association
April 25-26
Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids
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


2018 Annual Conference

AHHC of North Carolina

May 7-9
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

Register


2018 National Leadership Conference

Home Care Association of America

September 22-25
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington DC

Information for Providers and Exhibitors


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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


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



How to be the TOP DOG Sales Rep
Sponsored by PlaymakerCRM
Featuring Cheryl Peltekis, RN
December 14
2:00 EST
Register here


Grow Your Census with Online Marketing Tools

Sponsored by Shoshana Technologies

October 20
http://rosemarksystem.com



Improving CAHPS Response Rates: 2 Free Webinars

Sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirst
Featuring:
Liz Silva, Director of Home Health & Hospice, HEALTHCAREfirst

Hospice CAHPS: Wednesday, May 2
2:00 pm EDT
Free Registration

Home Health HHCAHPS: Thursday, May 10
2:00 pm EDT
Free Registration

With greater visibility into quality through public reporting on Hospice Compare and Home Health Compare, hospice and home health providers have an even greater incentive for performance improvement. During each 45-minute webinar, we will discuss methods and activities that have been instrumental in improving CAHPS survey response rates, a key element of implementing a data-driven approach and improving your scores. To be discussed:

  • Hospice CAHPS Regulations
  • Response Rate Calculation
  • Available Benchmarks
  • Effective Strategies to Improve Response Rates

 



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


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.

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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

Register Here



How to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Presented by Netsmart
Ongoing
Free
Watch now

 


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


Good Ways to Break Bad News: Social Worker Edition

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Heather Calhoun, RN, BSN, COS-C, HSC-D

Date: Tuesday, May 1 
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $79
Information & Registration

*This education session is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Social Workers.

 

 

 



Clinical Impact of OASIS-D

Presented by HEALTHCAREfirst

Featuring:

Deanna Loftus, HEALTHCAREfirst Director of Regulatory Compliance
Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, Regulatory Consultant

Tuesday, May 1
2:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

In March 2018, CMS released the draft of the latest version of the OASIS data set, OASIS-D. Modifications are being made to OASIS in order to comply with the IMPACT Act, to reduce data collection burden, and to improve formatting throughout the document. CMS is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a January 1, 2019 implementation date. Topics:

  • Addition of six new standardized items
  • The removal of 28 OASIS questions that will no longer be assessed.
  • Modification to M1311 to support a new standardized pressure ulcer measure.
  • Addition of responses to M1028, M1311, M2102 and removal of responses to M2310.
  • Review of additional changes to OASIS

 



The Penalty Box Compliance Series
Part 7: Audit-Proof Your Visit Notes

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, April 18
1:00 p.m. EDT
$39

Information and registration

Description: An auditor shows up on your doorstep and fear sets into your agency.  You have worked hard to be compliant, but you still have several days of anxiety until the auditor pronounces you have passed and are deficiency free!   Everyone celebrates.  The next day you receive 20 audits from CMS. Don't let this happen to you and your agency!  Learn from the compliance experts at OperaCare how to ensure compliance with the new CoP's. This education session in part 7 of the Penalty Box Compliance Series.

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

 

 

 





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



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
$39

Information and registration

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


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