Volume 5, Number 42 December  31, 2016



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

In our annual year-end summary, we offer you a collection of articles that you, our readers, decided were the most interesting news items of the past year.

And what a year

2016 has been!

  • The number of Medicare-certified agencies declined for the first time since IPS while Private Duty home care agencies and hospices grew in both size and number.
  • Mergers and acquisitions were announced at an accelerated pace, not only among providers but within the technology vendors that serve them as well.
  • CMS experimented with pre-claim reviews and, when its contractor could not adequately handle the increased workload, was bombarded with one-star reviews of its own.
  • Finally, as the year drew to a close, an unforeseen Presidential election result changed every expert's prediction about what to expect in healthcare over the next four years, including our own.

Here are some of the highlights found in our pages during 2016:

May 11: Beware of software that uses automated scripting to submit OASIS data to the ASAP system, in violation of CMS rules.

June 22 and December 14: We reviewed Marilyn Harris' "Home Health Administrator's Handbook" and Tina Marrelli's "Home Care Nursing."

October 19: HealthWyse acquired

July 6: Suncoast Solutions acquired

In a series of articles, we revealed the weaknesses of CMS's Pre-Claim Review experiment and the reaction of state and national associations and providers in affected states:

Finally, reluctantly, we followed up on the unfortunate story of the conflict that began in October, 2015 between the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and two of its board members. This July 20 story described the conclusion of a lawsuit filed by the Home Home Care Association of New York.

All of these articles, including the rest of the 150 we filed in 2016 — and the thousands we have kept in our online datasbase since 2005 — can be found via a keyword search at: http://homecaretechreport.com/search.asp.

Have a great 2017. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
A Peek Into ZPIC Working Conditions May Explain High Error Rate
As the ZPIC system gives way to a new Unified Program Integrity system, we thought it would be helpful to get some insight into the people who have been investigating the care given by Medicare providers, looking for fraud and abuse. What better source than the people themselves?
 
Home Health Will Continue to Be An OIG Target
The OIG has made it clear that the effort to eradicate Medicare fraud, waste and abuse will continue as the Presidential transition proceeds. With this announcement they have issued a disturbing warning.

As of this date, approximately 24,112,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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

In-Home Care: Combining Compassion and Technology
Home Care Association of Arizona
September 15
Phoenix Airport Marriott
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

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

Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Conference
Presented by The Health Group
November 6-7
Caribe Hilton
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Registration: conference@healthgroup.com
 

*HCTR will see you there.

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

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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



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



    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



    Navigating Alternative Payment Models

    Presented by Mark Sharp and Raymond Belles of BKD
    Tuesday, March 28
    2:00 p.m. EDT
    Cost: $79
    Registration

     


    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



     

    The Current Homecare Market: an M&A Perspective

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Rich Tinsley, CEO, Stoneridge Partners
    Friday, July 14
    12:00 p.m. EDT 
    Cost: $39 
    Registration



    Home Health Conditions of Participation: Charting a Course for your Success

    Presented by: Kinnser Software

    This 5 part series begins

    Thursday, September 28
    11
    :00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Registration

    Contact person: Chip Schneider chip.schneider@kinnser.com




    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 Homecare & Technology Podcast Series

    Presented by ElevatingHOME and Curaport

    ElevatingHOME and Curaport have teamed up for a series discussing technology and the future of home-based care. Hosted by Tripp Matthews of Curaport and Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD of ElevatingHOME, this five-part series features discussions with a new roundtable of industry leaders each week and dives into a range of topics focused on technology in home-based care. Download and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud. Episodes remain available after initial release. Topics:

    What do we know about technology in the business of home-based care?
    The impact of technology on home health policy and regulatory issues.
    Financial impacts of technology in home-based care
    OASIS in home health: The backbone of quality reporting
    Leadership: What's a leader to do?



    The Clinician's Role in CoP Compliance

    Presented by: SelectData

    Thursday, October 19
    1:30 p
    .m. EDT
    Registration


    Contact person: Lisa Engle services@selectdata.com



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