Volume 7, Number 46 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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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

PDGM National Summit in the Rockies *

Home Care Association of Colorado & NAHC


Date:
February 13, 2019
Location:
Hyatt Regency Aurora/Denver Conference Center
Fee Schedule:

Early bird – ends 11:59 p.m. MST Friday, January 11
Member $249, Non-Member $449

Regular Price  - ends 11:59 p.m. MST Sunday, February 10
Member $299, Non-Member $499 

Onsite – February 13 
Member $349, Non-Member $549

*Member rates apply to members of: Home Care Association of Colorado, National Association of Home Care & Hospice and participating state home care associations. 

Register now!

The Home Care Association of Colorado and the National Association of Home Care, together with state home-care associations in the region, will host a one-day conference Feb. 13 on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Patient Directed Groupings Model. PDGM's adoption will bring significant change to home health care. This one-day regional conference on PDGM allows providers to hear from national experts on the new model, with significant time allocated to Q&A. Click here to view the schedule.



Information for Providers and Exhibitors


National Healthcare CNO/CMO/Informatics Summit

Date: March 18-19, 2019
Location: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA

The Healthcare Summits are the premium forums bringing senior level medical executives and solution providers together. The one-on-one business meetings provide access to senior medical executives within the largest healthcare organizations across the United States. A thorough selection process ensures a qualified audience, which grants unparalleled business and networking opportunities in a luxurious and stimulating environment.
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PDGM National Summits - Coming to a City Near You!

National Association of Home Care and Hospice

In early 2019, 12 summits were planned at strategically located cities around the United States. There are still 8 summits available to attend. Find the nearest location to gain insights and receive the tools you need to successfully transition to PDGM.  You still have time!

Previous Locations:
January 23, 2019 Orlando, Florida (Done)
January 24, 2019 Kansas City, Missouri (Done) 
February 5, 2019 New Orleans, Louisiana (Done)
February 6, 2019 Portland, Oregon (Done)
February 7, 2019 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (Done)
February 13, 2019 Denver, Colorado (Done)

Locations Upcoming:

February 21, 2019 Columbus, Ohio

February 27, 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina

March 5, 2019 Chicago, Illinois

March 12, 2019 Boston Region - Northampton, MA (Sold Out)

March 13, 2019 Boston Region - Northampton, MA

March 19, 2019 Los Angeles, California

March 26, 2019 Dallas, Texas

Click Here for Information and to Register!

The most consequential changes to impact home health in decades are coming in 2020 — are you ready? The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is slated to debut on January 1, 2020. PDGM will revolutionize the payment methodology for all Medicare Home Health Agencies (HHAs) in the United States.


2019 Omaha System International Conference: A Key to Practice, Documentation, and Information Management

Date: April 3-5, 2019
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
Fees: Pre-Conference (1 day): $165
Conference (2 days): $335
Pre-conference and Conference (all 3 days): $500

Registration and Information
The Omaha System International Conference is held every two years as a venue for those in practice, education, research, and software development to exchange experiences. There is something for everyone involved with the Omaha System, from beginners to experts to everyone in between. Joyce Sensmeier, HIMSS is the keynote speaker, and The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is the school host. The 2019 PDF flier includes location and registration information, speaker/planner list, agenda, exhibitors, and more.

Hospice & Palliative Care Leadership & Advocacy Conference 2019 (LAC 2019)*

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization 

Preconference Dates: April 13-14, 2019
Main Conference Dates: April 15-17, 2019
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

Rates and Fees

Register Online

Executive leadership and management at all levels of hospice and palliative care will comprise the audience for this conference, including presidents and CEOs, administrators, directors, clinical managers, finance and development professionals, quality and performance improvement professionals, regulatory and compliance officers, marketing and public relations professionals, educators, researchers and other leaders working to promote advancement of hospice and palliative care and plan its future development.


2019 Telehealth - Innovative Changes in Healthcare Delivery Conference *

Presented by: Connected Home Living

Date: April 18-19, 2019
Location: Paris Hotel - Las Vegas
Fee: $595 per person

Register

During this event, hear from some of the most dynamic and educational industry experts about current and upcoming CMS rules.  Learn about how telehealth can ease the burden of PDGM for home health, updates on PDPM for Skilled Nursing Facilities, the Physician Fee Schedule, and 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians.  CMS is dramatically expanding opportunities for providers to include telemedicine and telehealth in plans for improving patient care, reducing costs, and improving patient satisfaction.

 


National CXO Summit *

Presented by Marcus Evans Events


Date: May 19-21
Location: Eau Palm Beach Resort

Keynote Presenters: Susan Blumenthal, past US Assistant Surgeon General; Nicholas Webb, Healthcare Futurist

Registration Information


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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Navigating the Hospice Cost Report

Sponsored by: ElevatingHOME

Date: February 19, 2019
Time: 12:00pm EST
Fee: FREE

Register Now

CMS has stated that 66% of the cost reports previously filed should not have been accepted and will now be subject to more strenuous requirements. The cost reports will be used by CMS to recalibrate and adjust the hospice daily payment rates.

Join Elevating Home for this webinar as Tom Boyd, Vice President of Reimbursable Services with Simione Healthcare Consultants discusses what is new and help participants identify and understand the requirements for the completion of the Medicare Hospice cost report.



 

The Hospice Cost Report: A Requirement & A Management Tool

Presented by: Tom Boyd, MBA, CFE, CHFP, Vice President of Reimbursable Services, Simione Healthcare Consultants

Date: February 14
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 EST
Fee: FREE

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Join Simione Healthcare Consultants for an overview of hospice cost reporting and ways to make sense of all the required information to support timely, accurate and affordable filing. A Simione cost report is backed by our longstanding experience with reimbursement and government reporting. Discover the difference and get the bigger picture on your hospice finances!



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




Learning Series Webinar: Million Hearts®2022 & Related Medicare-Covered Preventive Services 
CMS National Training Program

Date: February 14, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 EST
Fee: FREE

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This webinar provides an overview of:

  • National Initiative—Million Hearts® 2022
  • Heart Disease and Stroke in the U.S.
  • Medicare-Covered Preventive Services Related to Heart Health

 



The Home Health Cost Report: Expert Advice for Hassle-Free Filing

Presented by: Tom Boyd, MBA, CFE, CHFP, Vice President of Reimbursable Services, Simione Healthcare Consultants

Date: February 21
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 EST
Fee: Free

Register now
Join Simione Healthcare Consultants for an overview of home health cost reporting and ways to make sense of all the required information to support timely, accurate and affordable filing. A Simione cost report is backed by our longstanding experience with reimbursement and government reporting. Discover the difference and get the bigger picture on your finances!

 



CMS to Test Hospice Carve-In Under Medicare Advantage
VNAA and ElevatingHOME
Date: February 20, 2019
Time:1:00pm EST
Fee: Free
Register Now 
What does this CMS demonstration mean for the hospice community? There are many unanswered questions for providers and potential relationships with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. More than 20 million Medicare beneficiaries (34%) are enrolled in MA plans, which are mainly HMOs and PPOs offered by private insurers as an alternative to the traditional Medicare program.  
Join VNAA and ElevatingHOME Policy Consultant Jenna Paladino for an in-depth webinar to discuss the demonstration, next steps to position your program for success, and actionable items to share with your team. Now is the time to ask questions and learn how a carve-in would impact your patients. 


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