Volume 6, Number 45 December  6, 2017

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Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

I have been promising to tell my personal story as a total knee replacement patient. Six weeks may not be long enough to tell the entire story but I am post-discharge from home health and back on the road delivering presentations and attending conferences. The next 6, 12 or 46 weeks would be far less interesting to readers of this report.

It was a fascinating experience. I learned more in two months about what many of you do than I had learned since entering this field in 1993. I have always admired nurses; now my admiration extends to therapists. My story is a little long but my intent was to conduct a study of what it is like on the patient's side of this equation. Some of my observations may seem minor but what is obvious to one may be news to another.

I can't say I enjoyed the experience but I did enjoy writing about it. And I've been told that, someday, I will be glad I finally got it done. That day has not arrived yet. So if you see me grimacing at this week's BRG Healthcare Leadership Conference in Washington DC, feel free to offer a word of encouragement...but not too hearty a pat on the back.

Next week, we'll get back to real news, starting with the sigh of relief certified providers and their associations breathed when the Home Health Grouping Model was surgically removed from 2018 PPS changes. We will also continue to delve into the controversial EVV mandate in the 21st Century CURES Act.

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January 20-27, 2018

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Have a great week. Keep making a difference...especially you wonderful physical and occupational therapists!


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Tim Rowan

Total Knee Replacement, A Patient's-Eye View
Since I wrote my first article for this report in the summer of 1998, I have often written about the way you take care of total joint replacement patients. From wound care nurses and physical and occupational therapists in the field to the software vendors that help them track a patient's progress, it is safe to assume that everyone reading this page has been directly or indirectly impacted by the dramatic increase in the total number of these surgeries. Today, I find myself on the other side of the scalpel. I took detailed notes before, during, and after my own October 24 total knee replacement procedure. I trust I am not assuming too much that some readers might be interested in my experience.

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Joe Russell is the Executive Director of the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice. Last week, he told the Ohio Department of Medicaid that the model they chose to implement Electronic Visit Verification does not comply with federal law. We reprint his entire testimony.

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CONNECTED HEALTH: Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth Summit

6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Congress

January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
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.
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2018 National Leadership Conference
ElevatingHOME Annual Meeting
March 7-9
Grand Hyatt
Washington DC
Information and registration

New England Home Care and Hospice 2018 Conference
Presented by Home Care Associations of:
New Hampshire
Rhode Island

April 25-27
Cliff House Maine Hotel
Cape Neddick

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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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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

Creating A Successful Preceptor Program in Home Health Care

Sponsored by Elevating Home
Michael Ward RN, BSN, Division Director; BAYADA Pediatrics; Margit Moran, RN, BA, Director of Pediatric Clinical Education at BAYADA

Thursday, March 29
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Information and registration

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.


How to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Presented by Netsmart
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Compliance Program Basics

Presented by Curaport
Featuring: Stephanie Koehn, RMA, CPC, CPPM, CPCO

Tuesday, March 20
2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee (per attendee): $49
Information & Registration

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

The Hospice Cost Report
Prepare Your Way With Expert Advice from Maureen Laskowski

Presented by Healthcare Synergy

Monday, March 12
10:00 a.m. PDT; 1:00 p.m. EDT

Click here to register

Home Health Aide Skills and Documentation

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, WCC, Owner & President, Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Thursday, March 22
2:00 p.m. EDT
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*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.


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

Information and registration

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

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