Volume 8, Number 39 February  13, 2019




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Happy Valentine's Day! I want to start with a clarification. As our understanding of next year's Medicare payment rules evolves, we gather input from a wide variety of consultants and attorneys. Their understanding is evolving as well. Last issue, we reported that every home health payment episode would be billed under the rules in place on the day of discharge, meaning episodes starting as early as December 2 would fall under PDGM rules. We apparently misinterpreted that paragraph in the rule.

At a recent CMS webinar, officials made it clear that the episode's starting date, not end date, will determine whether it should be billed under 2019 or 2020 rules. For example, an admission on December 31, 2019 will be a 60-day episode, billed under the HHRG reimbursement system.

Something for everyone

Providers of both Home Health and Home Care services will want to be sure to catch guest author James Cohen's deep dive into Artificial Intelligence in home care. Starting with the research that early technology adopters most often experience better business outcomes, he recommends all of  healthcare pay attention to AI. It has the potential to supplement human decision-making for the benefit of patients.

For Medicare Home Health

We continue to unpack what we learned from the experts at last month's Home Care 100 gathering. We'll start with their advice regarding next year's PDGM reimbursement system for Medicare providers and, in our next issue, explore what they said about post-acute care providers of all types building partnerships with health systems, physician groups, and investors. Find PDGM recommendations from the CEOs of VNSNY, AccentCare, and Kindred in "Experts Offer PDGM Advice at Home Care 100."

These were two of the strongest messages at that January Scottsdale conference, sponsored by Lincoln Health. Start now to prepare for PDGM in January and build partnerships with other healthcare providers. This second piece of advice leads back to technology, specifically interoperability. It is not a buzzword but a necessity. You will not build partnerships with large health systems if your EMR cannot exchange data with them. Look at both our Vendor Watch column and CMS News column for developments in interoperability.

IMHO

I thought about letting this slide but decided it might be important. We get reports that show how many times each news article we post is opened by readers. Looking back, I see that we have posted ten articles – some news, some analysis – about the coming PDGM payment system since last July. Checking our reports, I also see that these articles have been read by only a handful of people.

Frankly, I am worried about you.

Of course, I know we are not your only source of information. Nevertheless, you have opened other news items between five and ten times as often as our PDGM articles. This makes me suspect you think it is too early to think about PDGM. It is not.

This new payment system will bring big changes; Medicare home health agencies will not be able to start preparations after their summer vacations and be ready by 1/1/20. Predictions are that many of you will struggle to survive even if you do prepare and that hundreds, if not thousands, of agencies will go under. Your EMR vendor will help, and we are interviewing them to let you know what their plans are, but you cannot rely exclusively on your software to rescue you. Notice that NAHC, with BKD, Simione, and HPS, began a 12-city PDGM seminar tour already in January, delivering a clear message that you need to start now. PDGM will require improvements in clinical documentation, operational timeliness, and enhanced coding skills. Training, not software, is your path to those goals.

If you would like to catch up, we would like to help. On this publication's web site, homecaretechreport.com, we provide an article search tool. Enter PDGM in the search field and it will pull up all ten of the PDGM articles I mentioned. Happy reading!

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Experts Offer PDGM Advice at Home Care 100
At last month's Home Care 100 conference, CEOs from our largest home health organizations delivered stark, severe warnings to their peers about the folly of waiting too long to start PDGM preparations.

Early Adopters Thrive with Artificial Intelligence in Home Care
Artificial Intelligence is the buzzword at this year's HIMSS meeting...and every other healthcare IT meeting in the country. What does it mean for post-acute care? Guest author James Cohen has some ideas that may change the way you think about AI.

CMS News
Promoting Interoperability Programs: IPPS Final Rule Fact Sheet and Hospitals Submit Attestation Data by February 28

Vendor Watch
— QliqSOFT has announced the release of a new, patient-facing chronic care management solution that allows for the easy sharing and monitoring of data between patients and their care team members.
— Kno2 feted at HIMSS for interoperability innovation.
— Wellsky selected for Commonweal membership

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
PDGM - How Well You Utilize Your EMR is About to be Tested!
It is imperative as an agency that your EMR vendor's PDGM plans be reviewed alongside your present system utilization and internal processes. Have you asked your EMR vendor about their plans?
 
Does Your Behavior Really Need Modification?
CMS believes a 6.42% pay rate reduction will inspire all nurses to develop more accurate OASIS assessments.

As of this date, approximately 32,626,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

National Healthcare CNO/CMO/Informatics Summit

Presented by Marcus Evans Events

Date: March 18-19, 2019
Location: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA

The Healthcare Summits are the premium forums bringing senior level medical executives and solution providers together. The one-on-one business meetings provide access to senior medical executives within the largest healthcare organizations across the United States. A thorough selection process ensures a qualified audience, which grants unparalleled business and networking opportunities in a luxurious and stimulating environment.
Information and registration

 


2019 Omaha System International Conference: A Key to Practice, Documentation, and Information Management

Date: April 3-5, 2019
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
Fees: Pre-Conference (1 day): $165
Conference (2 days): $335
Pre-conference and Conference (all 3 days): $500

Registration and Information
The Omaha System International Conference is held every two years as a venue for those in practice, education, research, and software development to exchange experiences. There is something for everyone involved with the Omaha System, from beginners to experts to everyone in between. Joyce Sensmeier, HIMSS is the keynote speaker, and The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is the school host. The 2019 PDF flier includes location and registration information, speaker/planner list, agenda, exhibitors, and more.

National Healthcare CXO Summit

Presented by Marcus Evans Events


Date: May 19-21
Location: Eau Palm Beach Resort

Keynote Presenters: Susan Blumenthal, past US Assistant Surgeon General; Nicholas Webb, Healthcare Futurist

Registration Information

The National Healthcare CXO Summit is the premium forum bringing senior level healthcare executives and solution providers together. As an invitation-only event, taking place behind closed doors, the Summit offers an intimate environment for a focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the healthcare industry.


WEBINAR: 5 Crucial Ways to Prepare for PDGM

Sponsored by: HealthCare Synergy

Featuring: Michael Tidd, LVN, COS-C, COS-D
Dates: November 13
Time:
10:00 am PST / 1:00 am EST

Information and Registration

Agencies are rapidly trying to prepare for the PDGM payment model. We will show you the most crucial ways an agency can prepare for the internal changes needed for PDGM. While most agencies are focusing on how to instruct clinicians on the change, PDGM has the most impact on office functions. Attend and gain insight on the things the agency needs to be doing now to prepare for January 1, 2020.

Objectives:
1. Learn agency level changes that can be implemented to be successful in 2020
2. Understand how to approach budgeting and finances under PDGM
3. What do your clinicians really need to know to ensure the agencies continued success

Michael Tidd has over 19 years of experience in the Home Care Industry and is a frequent speaker at HealthCare Synergy Workshops and Webinars. He is a Software Developer, LVN and Certified in ICD-9/10 Coding and OASIS (COS-C, HCS-D). As the Clinical Manager for HealthCare Synergy, he directs the Outsourced Management Services, assists in directing the development of the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition, oversees the Clinical Documentation Auditing provided to clients and directs the Clinical Form Development for the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition. Michael continues to educate agencies in the ongoing regulations that CMS produces, the proper application of the Medicare Conditions of Participation and completing timely, accurate and defendable clinical documentation to survive in the current Medicare Reimbursement Model.


Webinar: Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs

Presented by: CMS

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Fee: Free

Description: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar for Medicare-certified hospice providers to provide an overview on Hospital Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements.

During this webinar, CMS subject matter experts will provide information on the following topics:

  • Hospice Item Set (HIS) reporting requirements;
  • HQRP compliance cycle;
  • How to achieve hospice compliance;
  • CAHPs survey requirements; and
  • How to switch CAHPS survey research vendors.

CMS will answer questions at the end of the webinar as time permits.

Register

Free Webinar: Your path to 99 - An Actionable Webinar on Achieving 99% Claims Reimbursement

Presented by: Complia Health

Date: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:30 PM EST

Reserve Your Webinar Seat

Billing is complex. Improving your billing and claims filing process doesn't have to be.

Getting on the path to a 99% claims acceptance rate can be simple, but the key is in understanding, and then overcoming, the common pitfalls that create problems for home health care agencies in the first place.

Join industry expert Scott Brashears to learn how to better identify potential problems in your agency processes and get the insights into solving for more accurate and timely filings that will put your agency on the path to 99.



Conference: Two Sales Training Boot Camps: Home Health and Hospice & Palliative Care

Presented by Healthcare Strategica, LLC

Featuring: Michael Ferris
Location: Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort

Bootcamp 1: PDGM Home Health Sales
Date: November 12-13

Bootcamp 2: Hospice & Palliative Care Sales
Date: November 14-15


Register with code "HCTR" for $100 off.

Michael Ferris brings 20+ years of experience to your sales team!

Home Health Sales Training Bootcamp

The Home Health Sales Training Bootcamp has an extensive training related to Success Under PDGM.  We will cover what the Sales Professionals need to know about PDGM and more importantly what the referral partners need to know!  How to have those conversations to drive more referrals and avoid the pitfalls experienced by hospices when "failure to thrive" was no longer an acceptable primary diagnosis to qualify for hospice services.

Hospice Sales Training Bootcamp

The Hospice and Palliative Care Sales Training Bootcamp is new and improved with the best of class sales training for hospice with the addition of How to Conduct Family / Patient Meetings for Maximum Success and How to Sell Palliative Care.  Send your Hospice Sales Representatives to us and we will send them back to you ready to drive significant incremental growth in quality admissions.

Each Sales Professional Will Receive:

  • Class Workbook
  • Laminated Field Cards
  • Copy of Definitive Guide to Home Health Sales: Achieve Superstar Success - PDGM Success Edition ($79 value)
  • One on one coaching
  • 90-day sales campaign planning tool
  • Lunch each day

WEBINAR TRAINING: PDGM for Marketers & Liaisons

Sponsored by "Home Care Sales"

Date: November 19
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST

Information and registration

Join us for 90 mins of proven strategy and tactics for your marketers and liaisons to lead the charge in the field and gain the "right" referrals for PDGM!


 

WEB-BASED EDUCATION: Virtual Growth Summit

Sponsored by "Home Care Sales" 

Date: November 21
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm CST

Information and Registration

Join renowned agency mentors Cheryl Peltekis and Melanie Stover for an owner's and executive's only event focusing on how to survive and thrive in this rapidly changing environment. Get the inside advantage from the comfort of your own office! No Travel Expense - Just real-world solutions for navigating the new Medicare payment system!


Conference: Successful Hospice Transformation

Hosted Dixon Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Date: December 5-6
Location
: Bally's, Las Vegas
Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Speakers: Richard K. Dixon, Cheryl Peltekis, RN, Meaghan McCormick, Esq., Donna Floyd, RN, BSN, Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C; Cory Mertz, managing partner for a leading healthcare M&A firm.

Information and Registration

Approved for up to 10 hours of Continuing Nursing Education by Corexcel, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

 


Conference: Successful Home Health Transformation

Hosted Dixon Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Date: December 5-6
Location
: Bally's, Las Vegas
Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Speakers: Richard K. Dixon, Cheryl Peltekis, RN, Meaghan McCormick, Esq., Donna Floyd, RN, BSN, J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, BCCH-C, COS-C, WCC; Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C; Cory Mertz, managing partner for a leading healthcare M&A firm.

Information and Registration

Approved for up to 10 hours of Continuing Nursing Education by Corexcel, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

 


Seminars: PDGM Success Seminars hosted by Axxess *
Sponsored by: BKD, Aegis Therapies, HealthCare ConsultLink, Home Health Care News, Gateway Home Health Coding and Consulting, Worldview, Connected Home Living, Laengrich Healthcare Partners and Swift Medical

Dates and Locations (open to all Home Care providers):
  • Dallas, TX Tuesday, September 24
  • Houston, TX Thursday, September 26
  • Boston, MA Tuesday, November 5
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL Thursday, November 14
  • Chicago, IL Tuesday, October 22
  • Columbus, OH Thursday, November 12
  • Las Vegas, NV Friday, October 4
  • McAllen, TX Tuesday, December 3
  • San Antonio, TX Thursday, December 5
Information and Registration (early bird discount code: Axxess2020)
The one-day seminars will focus on the following learning objectives:
  • The PDGM impact numbers that matter most, along with operational strategies to ensure proper reimbursement                   
  • Specific actions to take for each PDGM risk factor, including coding, non-groupable diagnoses, LUPA avoidance and management, chronic care management, and therapy management
  • How to drive growth for your organization through institutional referral strategies and the use of specialty programs, including wound care and complex nursing
Including specifics such as:
  • How to get the most important OASIS information you need in five minutes
  • Implementing maintenance therapy programs and telemonitoring
  • Setting up visit schedules that prevent avoidable LUPAs 
  • How each component of PDGM builds the case weight 
  • Restructuring intake processes to obtain necessary billing information

Seminar: "COM-CARE-CON" First Annual Technology Deep Dive

Sponsored by: Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice

Date:
December 12
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Crown Plaza North, Columbus

Information and Registration
Com-Care-Con is a one-day conference that will highlight new technologies in the Home Care and Hospice Industries with speakers, exhibitors, and demonstrations of new technologies.

Speakers:

Tim Rowan - Keynote
Healthcare Advisory Network discussing Telehealth
Medline discussing AI in Wound Care
Complia discussing Alternative EVV

FREE WEBINAR: Quarterly Home Health Topics Discussion: The Truth about PDGM Reimbursement

Sponsored by: Healthcare Synergy

Date: December 18

Presented by: Michael Tidd, LVN, COS-C, COS-D

Information and Registration


Conference: The 17th Annual World Health Care Congress

17 Years of Empowering and Connecting Leaders in Health Care Transformation

Date: March 29-April 1, 2020
Location
: Washington, DC

Information and Registration

It’s never too soon to begin planning your experience at the 2020 World Health Care Congress. View the agenda snapshot and gain access to 100+ sessions across 15+ learning tracks:

  • Payer Transformation
  • Member Engagement and Retention
  • Provider Transformation
  • Care Delivery Integration
  • Medicaid & Health Policy
  • Behavioral Health - NEW IN 2020!
  • SDoH Business Strategy
  • SDoH Tech
  • Pop Health Analytics
  • AI & ML Applications - NEW IN 2020!
  • Innovation & Investments
  • Front Line Leadership
  • Women Leaders in Health Care
  • Self-Insurance Strategy
  • Worksite Clinics
  • Direct Contracting
  • Workplace Mental Health
  • Benefits Adviser Leadership
  • Medical Travel


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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Navigating the Hospice Cost Report

Sponsored by: ElevatingHOME

Date: February 19, 2019
Time: 12:00pm EST
Fee: FREE

Register Now

CMS has stated that 66% of the cost reports previously filed should not have been accepted and will now be subject to more strenuous requirements. The cost reports will be used by CMS to recalibrate and adjust the hospice daily payment rates.

Join Elevating Home for this webinar as Tom Boyd, Vice President of Reimbursable Services with Simione Healthcare Consultants discusses what is new and help participants identify and understand the requirements for the completion of the Medicare Hospice cost report.



 

The Hospice Cost Report: A Requirement & A Management Tool

Presented by: Tom Boyd, MBA, CFE, CHFP, Vice President of Reimbursable Services, Simione Healthcare Consultants

Date: February 14
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 EST
Fee: FREE

Register now

Join Simione Healthcare Consultants for an overview of hospice cost reporting and ways to make sense of all the required information to support timely, accurate and affordable filing. A Simione cost report is backed by our longstanding experience with reimbursement and government reporting. Discover the difference and get the bigger picture on your hospice finances!



Interoperability for Service Providers through CMS’s EMDI Initiative

Presented by: ElevatingHOME and VNAA

Featuring: Pallavi Talekar, Project Manager, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Ray Wilkerson, Sr. Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Nandini Ganguly, Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Kishan Patel Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Briana Barnes, Project Coordinator, Scope Infotech, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, July 30
Time:
12:00 pm EDT
Fee:
Free to ElevatingHome, VNAA, and Alliance for Home Health Quality Improvement members

Registration

Representatives from the EMDI Initiative team will discuss interoperability using health IT standards, including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Participants will learn about pilot opportunities with CMS to enhance provider workflow using three critical use cases. Participants will:
  • Gain knowledge of interoperability concepts and use of latest standards, including FHIR;
  • Gather information on three critical use cases in the post-acute care setting to reduce provider burden and enhance their interoperability footprint; and
  • Identify next steps for participation in an upcoming pilot opportunity with CMS.


Learning Series Webinar: Million Hearts®2022 & Related Medicare-Covered Preventive Services 
CMS National Training Program

Date: February 14, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 EST
Fee: FREE

Register now

This webinar provides an overview of:

  • National Initiative—Million Hearts® 2022
  • Heart Disease and Stroke in the U.S.
  • Medicare-Covered Preventive Services Related to Heart Health

 



Security Risk Assessment Tool Overview and User Feedback Session

Presented by: CMS

Date: Wednesday July 17

Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Fee: Free

ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights are holding a training session and overview of the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool. The tool is designed to assist small to medium providers in conducting an internal security risk assessment. This assessment will aid providers with their security risk analysis as required by the HIPAA Security Rule and the CMS EHR Incentive program. Following the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
 
Register


PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustments - What You Need to Know Now

Sponsored by eSolutions

Featuring: Karri Wright, Sr. Director, Product Management at Homecare Homebase

Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: 2:00 pm CDT
Fee: Free

REGISTER NOW

The webinar covers:

  • CMS assumptions and intended adjustments and their impact on:
    • Upcoding
    • Comorbidities
    • LUPA Avoidance
  • Considerations for HHAs
  • Evaluating your HHA data now to assess tomorrow based on today’s reality


A QUALITY JOB: Clinical Management & Care Coordination Under PDGM

Hosted by VNAA
Sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree
Presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants

Featuring: Laura Wilson, RN, BSN, Sr. Manager, Simione Healthcare Consultants
Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 12:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

PDGM is so much more than a billing change! Home health agencies preparing for payment reform need to look closely at clinical operations to make accommodations that will uphold quality, including care alternatives that add value to the equation. In this webinar, we’ll share insights based on the findings of gap analyses to help your organization make a successful transition under the new requirements. Recommended Attendees: Clinical Managers, Intake Staff, Coders / QA, Finance & Billing personnel Hosted by VNAA, sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree, presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants



Hospice compliance 2019: confronting a surprising new survey focus
Sponsored by: Wellsky
Featuring: Robert Markette, esq.
Date: March 14
Time: Noon CDT
Fee: None
Hospice providers today are confronting a new and unexpected survey focus. Hospice surveyors are increasingly focused on issues relating to hospice administration. This administrative focus includes topics such as your hospice’s corporate structure, the relationship between your hospice’s parent office and its multiple locations, and the role and job title of your administrator. Hospice providers who have been successfully operating for years are suddenly finding themselves hit with condition level citations. How will your hospice team adapt to the major survey focus of 2019? Join renowned hospice attorney Robert W. Markette of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. for an exclusive webinar that will prepare you and your team for the major survey focus of 2019.

Information and registration

Attend and learn:
Why a poorly drafted organizational chart can be a significant problem for your hospice
What hospice surveyors are looking for in the relationship between your hospice’s parent office and its multiple locations
Why calling your administrator something other than “administrator” could be a survey issue


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