Volume 4, Number 44 — February  11, 2015



Dear Home Care Colleague,

Numbers can be used to enlighten or to deceive. This week, we found examples of both. Our lead story describes an exciting new study launched by Harvard Medical School, with the cooperation of franchise home care provider Right at Home and software company ClearCare. As its findings come out over the next 36 months, expect to see numbers that finally provide hard evidence whether home care increases or decreases payer costs as it improves patient outcomes.

On the other hand, we were sorry to hear about the justification CMS is using to once again expend a disproportionate amount of energy to study fraud in home health. According to a story in Modern Healthcare, CMS is currently searching for a contractor to develop a pilot program to determine just how many Medicare fraud cases are taking place in home health agencies. In its solicitation notice for the contractor, CMS shared numbers that were intended to alarm:

  • Medicare home health expenditures totaled $16.6 billion in 2013.
  • Between 2010 and 2014, nearly $1 billion in improper Medicare payments and fraud was identified relating to the home health benefit, according to HHS' Office of Inspector General.

A billion dollars is a lot, isn't it? You should be alarmed, shouldn't you? Let's see: $16.6 billion in 2013 would total, conservatively, $75 billion paid for the Medicare home health benefit in the five years from 2010 through 2014. That puts the home health fraud rate, according to OIG figures, at 1.33%. I wonder how much they are going to pay the contractor for the pilot program.

In other news: One of the most informative interviews we have done in a long time is this week's conversation with Georgia Brown, COO of Care Cycle Solutions in Dallas. What this home health agency has accomplished by designing and building a patient information portal to enhance its home telehealth program should become the model on which all other home healthcare providers build their own programs. Fortunately, that is now possible, as Care Cycle Solutions has announced it will license its portal to other agencies. See our interview; their accomplishments are remarkable.

Have a great week! Keep making a difference. Have you registered for "Healthcare in Transition" yet? Time is running out. I hope you'll join us in Scottsdale, April 13-15. Click our ad to the right of this page.

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Tim Rowan



Taking Home Telehealth Beyond Vital Signs Produces Patient Outcomes, Increases Agency Revenue
Some believe in remote patient monitoring, some do not. Georgia Brown, COO of Care Cycle in Dallas, has used it to save her company nearly $5 million in legitimately avoided LUPAs, reduced average visits per episide to six, and achieved a 7.8% hospital readmission rate. How? By developing a software system, soon to be available to other home health providers, that gives her nurses a picture of each patient that goes far beyond mere vital signs.

New Study Launched to Document Home Care's Actual Impact on Healthcare Outcomes and Costs
Where is the evidence, they ask, that in-home care services reduce hospital admissions, promote self-management of chronic conditions, and save payers more than they put into the home care system? Are there any studies that prove home care's efficacy? Is there proof that reducing home care spending increases net healthcare costs? Soon, the answer will finally be 'yes.' Harvard Medical School, Right at Home, and ClearCare software have launched a three-year study to definitively identify the savings that accrue to public and private payers when people are cared for at home.

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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

Winter Legislative ConferenceTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
February 17-18
Austin
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Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual ConferenceMarch 11-13
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Lombard
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PMX: Playmaker CRM Expo & User Conference *March 16-18
Music City Center
Nashville, TN
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SupervisionPlusTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
April 8
Sheraton Dallas Near the Galleria
Dallas
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April 13-15
Scottsdale, AZ
Registration opens 12/8


VNAA Annual Meeting

April 20-22
Roosevelt Hotel
New Orleans
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43rd Annual Convention & Exposition

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
April 27-29
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
Durham
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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
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American Telemedicine Association 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition

May 2-5
Los Angeles Convention Center
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Hospice ConferenceTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 6
Sheraton Austin
Austin
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Pediatric ConferenceTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 6
Sheraton Austin
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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
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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
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NAHC Financial Managers Meeting *

June 28-30
Gaylord Conference Center
Nashville
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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
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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
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SANS Network Security 2015GIAC Approved Training for Security Professionals
September 12-21,
Las Vegas
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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
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ICD-10 TrainingTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
September 22-23
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas
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Community Care Conference
Executive Leadership Forum
Two Conferences in one from the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice
October 15
Bastrop, TX
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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Annual Meeting *
National Association for Home Care and Hospice

October 23-25
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Orlando

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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
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Pre-Claim Revue Seminars
Presented by QIRT
Seminars and webinars will be offered in the pilot states in advance of each state's pre-claim start date.

  • Florida seminars in September (PCR roll out date:October 1, 2016)
  • Texas seminars in November (PCR roll out date: December 1, 2016
  • Michigan and Massachusetts seminars in December (PCR roll out date: January 1, 2017)

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The 6th Annual Medicare Compliance Cruise *

Presented by Pearson & Bernard, PSC

January 15-22
Departs from Ft. Lauderdale
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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
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January 17-19, 2017
Colonnade Hotel
Boston

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OASIS-C2: The Next Steps

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
Presented by Lisa Selman-Holman
January 19, 2017
Westin Riverwalk Hotel

San Antonio 
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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
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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.
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ATA Annual Meeting

American Telemedicine Association
April 23-25
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando

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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

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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
 

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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

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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

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How to be the TOP DOG Sales Rep
Sponsored by PlaymakerCRM
Featuring Cheryl Peltekis, RN
December 14
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Grow Your Census with Online Marketing Tools

Sponsored by Shoshana Technologies

October 20
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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; 
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  • How changes in the post-acute environment, from regulatory drivers to value-based care, drive effective utilization of technology.

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    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

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    Nursing Reference Center Plus Overview
    Sponsored by VNAA
    Date: Every Thursday through December 8
    Time: 1:30 PM Eastern
    Nurses use Nursing Reference Center Plus to get answers to questions, access care plans, watch video demonstrations, strengthen nursing skills, earn continuing education credits, access drug information and patient education.
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    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
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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



    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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