Volume 3, Number 47 — December  31, 2014



Dear Home Care Colleague,

There is something about the week between Christmas and New Year's. Motivation to work is at an ebb and you only want to read good news. I can report that I succeeded with one of the three news items with which we bring 2014 to a close. Telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella found that Philips Lifeline has a generous gift program for seniors modeled after the Make-A-Wish foundation for children. Her heartwarming description of the program is a great way to end the holiday season.

The rest of the issue may not be quite as uplifting but I assure you it is information you need.

  • The VNAA has made a scathing accusation against MedPAC.
  • Guest writer Russell Krengel, a Kinnser product manager, explains the 2015 PPS rule and why many home health agencies will not survive healthcare reform and describes the characteristics of the ones that will.
  • And the American Hospital Association, fighting in court for all of us, lost its lawsuit against the government in which it asked to have the RACs chastised for overreach or temporarily shut down until the ALJ backlog is solved.

That last story is not among our posted articles but we knew you would want to know the details so you can click here to read the Health Data Management explanation. Basically, the judge said, "Congress created the RACs; Congress underfunded the ALJ system; Congress, not the court, has to fix it."

Healthcare in Transition Update: registrations have begun to come in for my next seminar, April 13-15 in Scottsdale. Thanks to you earlybirds. I have promised, and will live up to that promise, that "Healthcare in Transition" will again be a powerful learning experiences that will equip home health and home care owners and administrators to guide their agencies through the challenges of healthcare reform, ACO partnerships, reduced payments, in the context of an aging population. The web site with the agenda, speaker profiles, and registration can be accessed at RowanResources.com/THRIVE.

Have a great week. Continue to make a difference in 2015!

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Tim Rowan



VNAA Challenges MedPAC to Prove Pay Rate Cuts Do Not Harm Access to and Quality of Care
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission released a report to Congress that mentions the existence of data that supposedly shows home health payment rebasing will not negatively impact beneficiary access to quality care. In response, VNAA President and CEO Tracey Moorhead said, "prove it!"

Philips Lifeline Partners With "Wish-of-a-Lifetime" to Grant Wishes to Seniors
You've heard of Make-A-Wish for children. Telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella has learned of a similar foundation for seniors, created by a partnership between Philips Lifeline and "Wish-of-a Lifetime."

What Home Health Agencies Need to Know about the CMS 2015 Final Rule
Last month, the 2015 Home Health Final Rule, which sets forth details of the second year of payment rebasing under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), was released by CMS. Many have predicted that the number of Medicare certified home health providers will decrease in the next few years due to the cumulative effects of rebasing, regulatory scrutiny, tightened survey protocols and financial sanctions for underperformance and declining operational results. Some agencies will thrive, some will not. Guest author Russel Krengel describes the adaptations that will be taken by the survivors.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Raising the Bar to Meet Rising Demands in Home Care: How a Learning Program Can Enable Clinical and Operational Excellence
Clinical competence and compliance have become critical to every home care agency's ability to thrive through the healthcare reform era. As home care organizations work to meet the increasing needs of our aging population, a comprehensive training program can foster operational as well as clinical excellence. Guest author Jim Triandiflou, CEO of Relias Learning, describes five key benefits of using online learning to address the many challenges inherent in home care training.
 
Pennsylvania Hospice Thrives with Support of its Software Vendor Partner
We do not often hear about a home care agency or hospice staying with the same software vendor for 15 years, especially when that vendor goes through a major C-suite shakeup of its own. When it happens, we want to know what that vendor is doing right. So we recently spoke with Michael Link, a Computer Systems Analyst for Hospice and Community Care. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based non-profit has been using version after version of software from Suncoast Solutions since the year 2000.

As of this date, approximately 16,071,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.
Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

Home Care 100 *
January 31-February 3
Ritz Carlton
Laguna Niguel, CA
(Registration is sold out. Click here to add your name to the wait list.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here to reach Mike Morrissey or call 203-644-1732.


Winter Legislative ConferenceTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
February 17-18
Austin
Register at TAHCH.ORG


Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual ConferenceMarch 11-13
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Lombard
Click here to register

PMX: Playmaker CRM Expo & User Conference *March 16-18
Music City Center
Nashville, TN
pmxusercon.com


SupervisionPlusTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
April 8
Sheraton Dallas Near the Galleria
Dallas
www.tahch.org


THRIVE: Healthcare in Transition *Prospering Through Population Health Management
April 13-15
Scottsdale, AZ
Registration opens 12/8


43rd Annual Convention & Exposition

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
April 27-29
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
Durham
www.homeandhospicecare.org/annualconference


30TH Management and Leadership Conference *

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Pre-conference: April 28-29
Main Conference: April 30 - May 2
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
http://www.nhpco.org/mlc2015


American Telemedicine Association 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition

May 2-5
Los Angeles Convention Center
https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1650306


Hospice ConferenceTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 6
Sheraton Austin
Austin
tahch.org


Pediatric ConferenceTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 6
Sheraton Austin
www.tahch.org


Michigan Association for Home Care Annual ConferenceMay 13-15
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Registration Information


Southwest / Gulf Coast Regional Home Care & Hospice Conference & Exhibition

Multi-State Association Conference – Texas, Alabama, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Louisiana
June 2-4
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
tahch.org/education


Home Care Emergency Preparedness Conference

Maryland-National Capital Home Care Association
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 
Loyola Graduate Center - Room 210/230
8890 McGaw Road
Columbia
http://mncha.org/event-1916807


NAHC Financial Managers Meeting *

June 28-30
Gaylord Conference Center
Nashville
http://www.nahc.org/meetings-education/fm/15


Home Care: Providing Collaborative & Holistic Care

The International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)
July 8-10
University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing
www.nursing.uic.edu/events/ihcno-conference
Contact Tina Marrelli (news@marrelli.com) or Mary Narayan (mary.narayan@cox.net) for additional information.


Leadership Training Conference

Healthcare Financial Managers Association - Western Pennsylvania Chapter
July 23, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Rivers Casino
Pittsburgh
More Information or Register



46th Annual Meeting
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
August 11-13
Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa
Galveston
tahch.org



Blueprint for OASISMichigan Association for Home Care
Workshop for field data collectors, their supervisors and those preparing for the COS-C Exam
September 2-3
homecaremi.org




SANS Network Security 2015GIAC Approved Training for Security Professionals
September 12-21,
Las Vegas
sans.org/netsec



2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show *

Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice
September 15-16
Hyatt Regency
Columbus
Conference Registration Site


Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association

Annual Meeting
September 17
Waterfront Pier 5 Hotel
Baltimore
http://mncha.org/Annual-Meeting-2015


Community Care Conference
Executive Leadership Forum
Two Conferences in one from the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice
October 15
Bastrop, TX
http://www.tahch.org/TAHCH/Education_Central/Community_Care_Summit/CCConference.aspx
http://www.tahch.org/TAHCH/Education_Central/Executive_Leadership_Forum/Executive-Leadership-Intro.aspx


NAHC 2015 Annual Meeting*National Association of Home Care and Hospice
October 28-30
Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center
Nashville


Connected Health Symposium: The Internet of Healthy Things — Integrating Connected Health Into Real World Care DeliveryPartners HealthCare
October 28-30
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
Boston
Details and Registration (Registration closes 10/25)


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


AgeTech Expo *Aging 2.0
November 19-20
San Francisco
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


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


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

 


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

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


Download agenda

Post Acute 360: Strategy and Solutions Conference

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

June 25-27
Gaylord National Resort
National Harbor, MD
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)


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


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Your state or national association meeting not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

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Immediate and urgent need for Interim Director of Billing (outside of Chicago). They can be based anywhere. We would fly them in on Monday and home on Fridays. They would be compensated well, including travel pay. All expenses are covered. We have someone in there as an interim and she can't be there the weeks of 9/14 and 9/21. We had part time coverage arranged for those weeks, but the client insists on full time.

It is community based services only –no Medicare- mostly Medicaid waiver for non-skilled services. Large Department of 20 FTEs. McKesson is the IT system. This interim position is to provide stability for two weeks while our person is out.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would know of someone please contact:

Lucy LaDart
President of Recruiting
Healthcare Concepts, Inc.
Office: 800.442.4346 x 2
Email: lucy@healthcareconcepts.com

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Andres Flores
Executive Researcher
Healthcare Concepts, Inc.
Office: 800.442.4346 x 3
Email: andres@healthcareconcepts.com



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



FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule: What You Need to Know

Sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirst
Featuring:
Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance, HEALTHCAREfirst

Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 2:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

On April 27, 2018, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update FY2019 Medicare wage index and payment rates for Medicare hospice agencies. The proposed rule includes changes to the hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), and more. Ms. Loftus will review the latest information regarding proposed changes and how they may affect you.


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.

Register



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


Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Mental Health Aide Education

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, WCC, President, Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $79 (per attendee)
Information & Registration

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

 



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

 



ADR Education: Prevention & Response

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Diane Link, RN, MHA

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Fee: $79 (per attendee)

Information and registration

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


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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