Volume 4, Number 44 December  16, 2015



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We make a sincere attempt to balance our news and feature articles between Private Duty and Medicare/Medicaid home healthcare agencies, in order to meet everyone's needs. This week, we focus on a situation that is causing great concern to owners and administrators of certified agencies. Medicare Administrative Contractors have stepped up their efforts to find reasons to deny claims. At the same time Zone Program Integrity Contractors are issuing more ADRs and recouping more payments.

This week, we devote this entire issue to an exploration of the justifications these contractors use for denying and recouping payments, and how agencies make themselves more vulnerable to auditor probes. Essentially, it boils down to documentation that does not demonstrate medical necessity for services performed. This can include both physician and nurse written documents, and it can include homebound status affecting the entire episode as well as treatments and teachings provided at every visit.

We interviewed a number of software company executives to learn about their positions on the issue, not only about how software can help clinicians produce audit-proof documentation but whether such help is the responsibility of home health software vendors at all. You will learn that the entire Medicare improper payment rate is around 12% but that the home health rate is nearly 60%. 

And you will learn that there is not a strong consensus among software company executives about whether home care EMR software can and should help solve this problem. More than ever, we would appreciate your feedback about the three articles in this week's issue. Write to us at editor@homecaretechreport.com.

And don't forget there is still time to register to join me in Orlando at the end of January for the Executive Strategic Summit conducted by the Home Care Sales and Marketing Society. Register here and be sure to use the code HCTECH to get your 15% discount off the registration fee.

Christmas is this Friday and I want to take a moment to wish all my readers the happiest of holiday seasons. Our office will be officially closed now through January 4, but we will respond to emails once a day and return urgent phone calls. Have a terrific holiday week! Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Payment Denial Prevention: What Is Software's Responsibility?
When Medicare contractors deny or recoup payments, where do you direct both blame and solutions, toward your clinicians or toward your software vendor?

CMS Language Most Often Used to Deny Claims
What does CMS have to say? Be familiar with the language MACs and ZPICs use as leverage to deny payments.

Software Features That Empower Clinical Best Practice
The general consensus among software company executives is that their software itself can help clinicians do their job better. We got several of them to tell us specifically what features they believe software should have to play this role.

 
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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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

HCSSA Administrator Program
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
November 13-15
Westin Galleria
Houston
tahch.org

*HCTR will see you there.

4th Annual Home Care Winter Warm-Up
Home Care Association of Florida

January 16-17
Boca Raton Marriott
Keynotes by Stephen Tweed, Bill Dombi, 12 others

Information and Registration


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

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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


A New Approach for Home Health Face-to-Face:
Updated Info, Updated Insights

Sponsored by Kinnser Software
Featuring Arlene Maxim, RN
Thursday, April 20
1:00 pm EDT

Learn:

  • What CMS requires for "adequate documentation" under Face-to-Face
  • How to handle inadequate progress notes provided by the physician/in-patient facility
  • Exactly what to include on your checklist of items for the physician's packet

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



Clinician Recruitment, Retention & Satisfaction: Does Technology Help or Hinder?

Sponsored by Brightree and Elevating Home
Featuring: Karri Harpole, RN, BSN, Brightree; Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, President & CEO, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care; Wendy Cofran, CIO, Century Health Systems, Inc.; Melissa Polly, MBA, Brightree Product Marketing (moderator)

Wednesday, July 26
1:00 pm EDT

Learn:

  • Best practices related to the use of technology and the best way to engage clinicians in a model that provides the most value the organization, including recruitment, retention and satisfaction; 
  • From colleagues, how to get the most value from the use of technology from clinical documentation and nurse satisfaction to operational efficiencies; and,
  • How changes in the post-acute environment, from regulatory drivers to value-based care, drive effective utilization of technology.

Register



    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


    Workforce Webinar Series: Stacking the Odds in Your Favor
    Best Practice Selection Strategies


    Presented by ElevatingHOME

    All programs in the series have been archived for those unable to attend live:

     

    • Part 1, "Why Staff Leave and How to Keep Them," sponsored by Exact Recruiting, a Simione Talent Solution. Click here to view this session.
    • Part 2, "From Turnover to Engagement for the Healthcare Executive," sponsored by Relias. Click here to view this session.
    • Part 3, "The ROI of Using Pre-Hire Assessments," sponsored by Relias. Click here to view this session.
    • Part 4, "Stacking the Odds in Your Favor: Best Practice Selection Strategies," sponsored by Home Health Selection Solutions. Recorded 11/28, recording available soon.

    Upcoming topics in the Workforce Webinar Series:

    Part 5: "Recruiting and Compensation Strategies that Work," sponsored by Exact Recruiting, a Simione Talent Solution
    December 5 | 1:00 p.m. ET

    Register here

     

    Part 6: "Employee Engagement: Your Key to Exceeding Home Health and Hospice Outcomes," sponsored by Fazzi Associates
    December 12 | 1:00 p.m. ET

    Register here

     

    Part 7: TBD
    December 19 | 1:00 p.m. ET
    Details coming soon.


    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


    International Guidelines for Home Health Nursing

    Presented by: International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)

    Wednesday, October 25
    11
    :00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Registration

    www.ihcno.org/Registration

    Contact person: Marilyn Harris marilyn@ihcno.org



    Patient Engagement & Health Literacy

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Stephanie Koehn, RMA, CPC CPPM, CPCO
    Thursday, December 7
    2:00 p.m. EST
    Cost: $39
    Click here to register



    QAPI Series, Part 4: Revenue Cycle Management

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Diane Link and Nick Seabrook of BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
    Tuesday, December 12
    2:00 p.m.EST
    Click here to register



    Strategic Use of Technology in Home Health and Hospice Organizations

    Presented by: Elevating Home and Brightree

    Thursday, October 12
    1:00 p.m. EDT

    Speakers include:

    • Melissa Polly, Brightree (Moderator)
    • Paul Pisano, CEO, Interim Healthcare - Hartford
    • Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, CEO, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
    • Todd Montigney, Managing Director and Founding Member, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
    • Nick Knowlton, CommonWell Alliance and Brightree

    Registration



    The Penalty Box Compliance Series: Part 3, Care Planning for HHGM & VBP Success

    Presented by Curaport
    Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN, VP OperaCare
    Wednesday, December 6
    1:00 p.m. EST
    $39

    Click here to register



    Navigate your Way to Referral Success in 2018

    Presented by Home Care Sales

    Featuring Melanie Stover and Cheryl Peltekis
    Friday, December 15
    12:00 p
    .m. EST
    Registration and Information



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