Volume 7, Number 18 — February  14, 2018



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Keeping up with new technologies from new companies and announcements from CMS has kept us busy here at Home Care Technology Report this week. Though pundits agree that the budget the White House sent to Congress has little chance of passing without substantial changes, we are also keeping a close eye on how proposed Medicare and Medicaid cuts might affect in-home care providers through the 2018 and 2019 budget years.

Leading this week's report is the second installment of our new consulting author Darcey Trescone's series on software implementation do's and don't's. In part two, she describes how to assign roles and divide the project into phases. Her insights, based on deep experience with both successful and disastrous implementations, just may save you thousands of wasted hours, not to mention dollars.

There are two CMS announcements this week. One is aimed at hospice and palliative care providers. The other is critical information for anyone who does not plan to retire within the next 10 years and anyone who will be enrolling in Medicare over that same time period. In other words, everyone.

Regarding new technologies, we found two this week. Rather than force you to choose which one to read first, we decided to explore just one this week and take our time putting together our report on the other. That second one involves a major case study, showing what the technology has already accomplished. We'd like to digest it first, so look for our story on "iHealthHome" next week.

For now, I am certain you will enjoy our interview with the CEO and co-founder of "Heart Legacy," a company that helps seniors to connect with family members and to create a permanent video memories. You'll be touched by the story that inspired Walt Armentrout to begin this journey.

Note in our Free Webinars section at the bottom of this page that a valuable instructional session sponsored by Netsmart and DeVero has been rescheduled for February 22. "What Does Behavioral Health Have to do With Home Health Outcomes?" will be presented at no charge by Katherine J. Vanderhorst, RN-BC,BSN and Dr. Amy Craven.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Successful Implementations Depend on Well-Structured Team
You cannot simply gather staff into a room and say, "Here is your new software." A successful implementation and training project requires a phased roll-out, well-defined team roles, and ongoing follow-up. Veteran healthcare at home IS consultant Darcey Trescone offers detailed guidelines based on years of experience with both successful and painful software implementations.

Differentiate Your Agency With A Unique Technology
Introducing "HeartLegacy," an Alabama company that makes video messaging between patients and families easy enough for the most tech-averse seniors to use.

CMS Office of the Actuary releases 2017-2026 Projections of National Health Expenditures
National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.5 percent annually over 2017-2026, according to a report published today as an “Ahead Of Print” by Health Affairs and authored by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Hospice QRP Available in CASPER QM Reports
CMS has added Composite Process Measure to Hospice-Level and Patient Stay-Level CASPER QM Reports.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Klas Declares Size Does Not Matter: Thornberry Best for 5th Consecutive Year
Scoring 93.1 on the Klas customer satisfaction scale, Thornberry once again soars above the scores of its far larger competitors.
 
Why Do We Throw Away Our Competitive Advantage?
Selecting new EMR software is difficult enough. Conducting a comprehensive, effective implementation might be even harder, but is equally important, says guest author Darcey Trescone.

As of this date, approximately 28,622,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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


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Post Acute 360: Strategy and Solutions Conference

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

June 25-27
Gaylord National Resort
National Harbor, MD
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)


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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FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule: What You Need to Know

Sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirst
Featuring:
Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance, HEALTHCAREfirst

Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 2:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

On April 27, 2018, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update FY2019 Medicare wage index and payment rates for Medicare hospice agencies. The proposed rule includes changes to the hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), and more. Ms. Loftus will review the latest information regarding proposed changes and how they may affect you.


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.

Register



Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Mental Health Aide Education

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, WCC, President, Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $79 (per attendee)
Information & Registration

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

 



Clinical Impact of OASIS-D

Presented by HEALTHCAREfirst

Featuring:

Deanna Loftus, HEALTHCAREfirst Director of Regulatory Compliance
Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, Regulatory Consultant

Tuesday, May 1
2:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

In March 2018, CMS released the draft of the latest version of the OASIS data set, OASIS-D. Modifications are being made to OASIS in order to comply with the IMPACT Act, to reduce data collection burden, and to improve formatting throughout the document. CMS is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a January 1, 2019 implementation date. Topics:

  • Addition of six new standardized items
  • The removal of 28 OASIS questions that will no longer be assessed.
  • Modification to M1311 to support a new standardized pressure ulcer measure.
  • Addition of responses to M1028, M1311, M2102 and removal of responses to M2310.
  • Review of additional changes to OASIS

 



ADR Education: Prevention & Response

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Diane Link, RN, MHA

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Fee: $79 (per attendee)

Information and registration

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.

Registration



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
$39

Information and registration

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


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