Volume 6, Number 45 February  1, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We have to start with bad news. Sorry. Last week I talked with you about the regulatory compliance conference at which I was invited to speak, organized by a couple of attorneys. We learned about Medicare rules and labor laws that certified and private duty home healthcare providers violate at their own peril. As if the urgency of their message was not already apparent, fate stepped in to underscore it...with a bright red pen. On Friday, January 13, as speakers and attendees were traveling to that conference, a surprise FBI raid shut down all 19 offices of Bethany HomeHealth Services, which served more than 20,000 patients a year in 160 Texas counties.

You will not find the reason for the sudden closure with a Google news search or in other home health newsletters. Local TV stations and Texas newspapers only reported that phones were not being answered, employees were not being paid and the Texas department of labor had not been given the required advance notice. Even the FBI web site is silent about its Friday the 13th raid. Our story comes from an extremely reliable source, a consultant Bethany engaged to help clean up their compliance issues. Apparently, they waited too long to bring him in.

According to our source, Bethany owners were not consciously in business for the purpose of defrauding Medicare. They were not career criminals. They were just guilty of sloppy practices and failure to see the world changing around them. The Feds no longer put up with the practice of four, five or six (or more, sometimes a lot more) consecutive PPS episodes the way they used to, especially when OASIS assessments do not support medical necessity. Take this as a warning: Bethany was not doing anything different than many of you who are reading this. This will not be the last home health FBI raid. You need to be looking over your shoulder not only at MAC claim denials and ZPIC audits. You've got to keep an eye on the guys with guns and badges too. Compliance! (If you do not know where to turn, I suggest clicking on the ad for OperaCare in the middle of this page.)

Note to other Texas agenciesIf you find yourself absorbing former Bethany patients and employees, please notify your MAC immediately. As attorneys Lucian Bernard and Liz Pearson warned one of your colleagues when we all heard this news, a sudden, unexplained census spike automatically generates an ADR. The only protection you have is if your intermediary knows the reason for your spike in advance.

With that uplifting intro, let's look at this week's other news 
This year's Homecare 100 gathering was the best ever. With all eyes on Washington, especially following the confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as HHS Secretary, we feature a summary of statements made by a former Pennsylvania representative, both from the Homecare 100 stage and in our follow-up conversation with him. His insider insights into how things work on Capitol Hill may allay some of your worries.

Guest author Elizabeth Hogue, esq. rejoins us with an important update on the infamous Jimmo case. The court found that CMS did not comply (there's that word again) with its previous order to educate providers about the difference between intermittent and maintenance therapy. The federal agency was ordered to write the difference in a clear, one-paragraph statement, a task that proved too difficult. So, the court wrote the statement for them and then ordered CMS to enter into a Corrective Action Plan. You must read the entire article. It is sad and laughable at the same time.

Keeping you up with vendor news, we have stories about a couple of new partnerships: BlackTree Consulting with Relias Learning, and HEALTHCAREfirst with MEDsys, as well as news of an expanded library of webinars from Curaspan. Lastly, a big welcome to our newest sponsor, KanTime. Be sure to click on their ad at the right to welcome them to the family.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



CMS Ordered to Create Its Own Corrective Action Plan
Bureaucrats at CMS are getting a chance to find out what it is like to be forced to follow a Plan of Correction. Ordered by the court to improve its messaging, agency failed to write a required paragraph, so the judge wrote it for them.

Former Congressman Explains "Repeal and Replace"
Former Congressman educates Homecare 100 audience about planning for the uncertainty of healthcare reform under a new HHS Secretary.

HEALTHCAREfirst Partners with MEDsys for EVV
Partnership with one of the two surviving HHSC-approved EVV vendors in Texas is designed to ensure that home health agencies meet EVV compliance protocols.

Curaport Launches New Educational Services
New online healthcare information and education curator offers convenient online learning tools.

Vendor Watch
— BlackTree Consulting partners with Relias Learning
— Catch him if you can. Abagnale to speak at HIMSS

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Loophole May Provide Hope for Beleaguered Palliative Care Providers
The MACRA law is being implemented by CMS in a way that creates a dilemma for palliative care providers based inside hospices. We spoke with the Center to Advance Palliative Care and learned there may be hope.
 
Failing Pre-Claim Review Experiment Should Not Expand to Another State
Guest author Julianne Haydel brings a 20-year veteran home health consultant's perspective to the crisis PGBA has created in Illinois with the way it is implementing the CMS Pre-Claim Review experiment in Illinois.

As of this date, approximately 24,464,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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


NAHC Financial Managers Meeting

July 15-17
Austin, TX
Information and Registration


Leading in a Changing World

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice 49th Annual Meeting
August 8-9
Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel & Convention Center
Frisco

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)


Medicare and Managed Care Reimbursement Necessities

Presented by HealthCare Synergy, Inc. and Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council

Featuring: Melinda Gaboury, COS-C
Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 8:30 am CDT
Location: Northern Illinois University

This is an In-person Workshop and Live Webinar

Information and Registration

(HealthCare Synergy clients, call for a special discount: 714-229-8700; ext 118 for Rangsey Ouk or ext. 137 for Edleen English.)

To maximize your reimbursement, you need to be well informed. Melinda Gaboury of Healthcare Provider Solutions, and a trusted consultant for HealthCare Synergy, will help you stay on top of constantly changing regulatory requirements so you can get paid.


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


*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


Patients' Right to Freedom of Choice of Providers: How to Avoid Lawsuits

 

Presented by Elizabeth Hogue, Esq.

 

Thursday, June 14 (Encore Date: 6/21)
Recording available 24/7 On Demand; option to purchase CD & handouts.
1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT

 

Register here

 

Conflict between hospitals and home health agencies, private duty agencies, hospices and HME companies that receive referrals from hospitals may be intensifying regarding patients' right to freedom of choice. Hospitals say that they comply with all requirements while some post-acute providers maintain the exact opposite. Now post-acute providers are suing hospitals for violations.
  • What exactly are hospitals supposed to do?
  • What do post-acute providers say are common violations?
  • What is an example of a recent lawsuit filed against hospitals for violations?
  • What can hospital discharge planners/case managers do to avoid these types of lawsuits?
  • How can providers help ensure that patients' rights are honored instead of filing court cases against hospitals?
Participate in this teleconference to learn the answers to all of these questions! Extensive handouts will be provided that will also serve as a resource when questions come up in the future.


Bridging the Gap Between Acute and Home Care with PICO Single-Use NPWT

Sponsored by: ElevatingHOME

Featuring:
Ravi K. Bashyal, MD, Director of Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery, Northshore University Health System
Kristi Huebner, RN, MSN, CWS, Professional Education Manager, Smith & Nephew

Date: Friday, August 10
Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Registration

This webinar will provide participants with insight into how PICO Single Use NPWT may benefit wound care patients in the home care setting. Additionally there will be a discussion about prophylactic use on incisions for prevention of readmission to the acute care setting. Participants will gain insight into appropriate utilization of PICO NPWT in the home care setting and how participation in this program may improve patient outcomes.



Three-Part Webinar Series by Relias Learning

August 8: A Journey to Achieving Quality Care
Presenter: Diane Geis, EVP and Chief Personnel Officer, Altercare of Ohio, Inc. and TSG Resources, Inc.
Register

August 15: Best Practices in Dementia Care for A Competitive Edge
Presenter:
Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Positive Approach, LLC
Register: Facility Professional
Register: In-Home Professional

August 28: Developing Managers as Leaders: Top Down is Dead. Lead From the Middle!
Presenters:
Jan Wilson, M.Ed., SPHR, SHRM-SPC, Director, Learning and Design Outcomes, Relias
Register

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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


Secrets to a Positive Home Health Survey Experience

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Heather Calhoun, RN, BSN, COS-C, HSC-D, Home Health Solutions, LLC

Date: Tuesday, August 28
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $99 (per attendee)

Information & Registration

Your Home Health Agency will be surveyed soon. Even if that is 9 months away – that will be here before you know it! With all the changes that are constant in the world of Home Health, one thing that does not change is the importance of preparing well for a surveyor to walk through your door. How to prepare for and perform well in your next Survey should not be a secret.

Heather Calhoun of HHS will be leading this education session on uncovering the secrets to preparing your Agency to excel in your next survey. Learning objectives for this webinar are:

  1. Describe 3 ways that an agency can be survey ready
  2. Develop processes in the agency that will ensure success during a survey
  3. List 2 things to avoid during a survey
  4. Discuss educational opportunities within the agency in preparation for the survey
*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing.

*Curaport, LLC is an approved provider of Continuing Education by the California Board of Registered Nursing. All states accept this certification for their licensing requirements. No refund shall be given, except for any change in date or time of the webinar. In such case, a full refund shall be given to the registrant upon their request.

 



Home Health Proposed Rule: CY2019/2020 Payment & Policy Changes

Presented by HEALTHCAREfirst

Featuring:

Deanna Loftus, HEALTHCAREfirst Director of Regulatory Compliance
Liz Silva, HEALTHCAREfirst Director of Home Health & Hospice
Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, Home Health Regulatory Expert

Wednesday, August 8
2:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

On July 2nd, CMS issued a proposed rule outlining changes for CY2019 and CY2020. Join HEALTHCAREfirst for a two-part webinar series where we will break down the proposed changes and discuss what it may mean for home health agencies. In session one, we discussed the proposed changes for CY2019, including a review of the 2.1% payment increase, home health value-based purchasing refinements, updates to the HH QRP requirements, and changes to the rural add-on structure. In session two, we will cover the proposed changes for CY2020, including implementation of the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and changes to OASIS. You won’t want to miss this webinar series to learn more about the possible overhaul of the home health prospective payment system and CMS's continuing shift towards value-based care.

 



Understanding Social Determinants to Improve Health Care

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Christina A. Nuqui, M.S.W., of Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Fee: $79 (per attendee)

Information and registration

This education session is pending approval for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Social Work from the National Association of Social Workers.

Addressing the Social Determinants of health will be the most important factor of health care reform. This webinar will discuss what Social Determinants are, and how they can help you better understand your patient. In addition, we will discuss how Social Determinants affect access to health services, Re-Hospitalizations, & Individual Behaviors.



Introduction to the CMS Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) Program

Presented by: ElevatingHome
Featuring:

  • Pallavi Talekar, Project Manager, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Ray Wilkerson, Sr. Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Nandini Ganguly, Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Briana Barnes, Project Coordinator, Scope Infotech, Inc.
Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Registration

 

Participants will gain understanding of the CMS-driven Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability program, focused on reducing provider burden by engaging health care providers and stakeholders in pilots that establish secure communication to share medical documentation by aligning with nationally recognized interoperable standards. This event is designed for providers and vendors who are willing to enhance their workflows and communication to achieve efficiency by reducing time and cost.

In this session participants will learn about interoperability and shift in the health care IT landscape, EMDI pilot program details, EMDI pilot program benefits, and how to partner with the EMDI to achieve interoperability.



The Penalty Box Compliance Series Part 8: The IMPACT Act

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, May 23
1:00 p.m. EDT
$39

Information and registration

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



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