Volume 7, Number 44 November  7, 2018




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

If you saw our bulletin on Monday, you know that one of the four large, investor-backed companies that have been acquiring home care software vendors just acquired one of the three other large, investor-backed companies that had been on an acquisition path of its own.

We thought it important to get behind the story of ResMed acquiring MatrixCare so we spoke with the president of ResMed's Software as a Service Business division. Now with products for private duty agencies, home health agencies, and hospices all under the same corporate umbrella, our conversation with Raj Sodhi will be of interest to every reader. We also had several conversations with contacts at Brightree and HEALTHCAREfirst who told us off the record they are excited about what these new synergies will mean for their respective products.

ALJ update
Guest author Elizabeth Hogue has written an essay with an update on the lawsuit trying to regain access to the Administrative Law Judge system. We reprint it this week for your convenience. "Update on Litigation to Reduce Backlog of Appeals Before ALJs" is not exactly good news but Medicare providers can use it to plan.

Hospice news
CMS has set November 15 as the deadline to submit data for the February Hospice Compare report. As before, CMS warns that factual errors and typos in your listing are your responsibility. Also for hospice providers, don't miss our report on the findings of a survey sponsored by Optima Health, "Survey: Hospice Providers Uncertain." Your colleagues are expressing deep uncertainty about their ability to survive an audit. Do you agree?

Treating addictions
Two of our sponsors have sent us position papers on caring for persons struggling with opioid addictions, in response to a new federal law that establishes an assistance program. I thought both papers would be useful tools for some of you. We include the briefer of the two statements, from HEALTHCAREfirst, in an article titled, "Guidance for Treating Persons with Opioid Addictions," and have posted the other, longer, white paper in the "Partner News" section of our home page. Go to http://homecaretechreport.com and scroll to the bottom of the page to find Netsmart's entry, "SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act."

Worth the trip
As part of my quest to learn more about the concerns of non-medical providers, I will be attending the Decision Health Private Duty Conference in Las Vegas next week. If you are going to be there, look me up in my "Rowan Reputation Resources" booth. And don't forget that you are invited to join me at next January's "Compliance Cruise." Click here for details of this important educational seminar for Medicare providers.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



What to Expect from the Emergence of ResMed
Whoever owns the most Healthcare at Home software products wins. Is ResMed throwing down the gauntlet to the other two rapid-fire acquirers, Netsmart and WellSky? We talked with ResMed's Raj Sodhi, president of SaaS Business.

Update on Litigation to Reduce Backlog of Appeals Before ALJs
Appealing payment denials has been frustrating ever since the ALJ system became overloaded. Not filing an appeal only encourages regulators to continue to deny. Home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue has been watching the lawsuits that are trying to fix the problem.

CMS News: Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program
CMS has announced a November 15 deadline for the February hospice compare data set.

Guidance for Treating Persons with Opioid Addictions
Two prominent software vendors offer reflections on the bipartisan law, "SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act."

Survey: Hospice Providers Uncertain They Would Survive an Audit
Independent survey of 174 hospice agencies was conducted by Inquisitive Market Research.

 
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Home Health Regulatory Update: Final Rule CY2019/CY2020 Payment & Policy Changes

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Date:
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Time: 2:00 pm EST
Audience: Home Health Agencies
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Please join HEALTHCAREfirst for a discussion of the final rule and how it may impact your agency. Topics include:
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  • Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) including OASIS-D2 and no RAP payment for newly certified agencies
  • Patient monitoring and home infusion therapy updates


 

The 2019 Home Health Final Rule: Preparing for change
Your PDGM Questions Answered

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Featuring: Executive Management Consultant Sharon S. Harder and Home Health Clinical Expert Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O
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Get answers to questions about the 2019 final rule and PDGM:

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  • How will LUPAs be calculated under PDGM


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

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Hospitalization Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs)

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Date: December 12
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In this webinar, ElevatingHOME and HHQI will explore how to develop hospitalization avoidance Performance Improvement Project (PIP) for your Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. This will include data collection, goals, interventions, rapid-cycle testing, spread, and sustainment. They will review several key strategies to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and emergent visits.



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