Volume 6, Number 45 February  15, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

As Medicare-certified HHAs know, new Conditions of Participation have been published and take effect on July 13. Among the changes are nearly two dozen that will force changes to EMR software. If CMS change strategy remains consistent with past practice, interpretations and instructions to software developers will continue to be released over the next five months, possibly right up to the deadline. Vendors are accustomed to this pressure and will gear up for it but it would be wise to read your vendor's update releases, watch their web site and stay in touch about their plans to keep you compliant with the new rules.

The IMPACT Act is driving some of the more drastic changes. As CMS moves toward the Act's mandate to create a common assessment form for all post-acute providers, the first target is the patient's Plan of Care. Current practice is to set the initial POC in stone and modify it as needed with signed verbal orders from the patient's physician. The new rules turn the POC into a living document. Changes will no longer appear as separate documents stapled to the original POC but will change the POC itself. Every change will require a new physician signature on the plan of care.

One developer, Tom Peth, CEO of Thornberry Ltd., told us he also noticed a mandate that the POC become more patient-directed. "Somehow, patient preferences have to be captured and integrated into the POC," he said. He added that his team will also be working on another mandate, changes in the way aide supervision is tracked.

As always, best practice is to stay in close touch with your vendor as July approaches. If they have a history of meeting regulatory deadlines, you need not worry. While you still may want to keep a close eye on them, however, you have to exercise some empathy at the same time. CMS does not make allowances for the time it takes to modify software, test it for bugs, and distribute it, which makes these transitional times challenging for healthcare software vendors. Last-minute official interpretation changes, tweaks to previous instructions and other speed bumps are common and should be expected.

I remember an interview with a vendor's product manager before a recent OASIS update that took effect on one January 1 deadline. When I asked, "What if CMS issues changes in November or December?" former HealthWyse VP Andrew Braunstein laughed, "Or February!"

We already have a notice of one free webinar on the new CoPs, from Relias Learning and DeVero. See the announcement and link below. And we hear that the Texas association is offering a webinar series to its members as well. Though not free, it is a comprehensive, 7-part series by Jennifer Gibson, RN, from Axxess.

This week's news centers largely around software company news releases. A large Long Island Healthcare at Home provider is having great success with a new telehealth system. A former Homecare Homebase executive has launched a consulting firm. And HEALTHCAREfirst is announcing a significant growth surge, marked by the addition of several familiar names to its executive roster.

We will be talking to our sponsors and other software vendors over the coming weeks to see how work on the new CoPs is coming along. This would be a good time for you to share our reports with colleagues. Better yet, forward this issue with a note reminding them how easy it is to sign up for their own FREE subscription. There are two easy ways. Click to go to homecaretechreport.com/subscribe.asp or simply send a text to 22828 with the message HOMECARETECH

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



HEALTHCAREfirst Announces Continued Expansion
HEALTHCAREfirst continues its hiring spree, announces new faces in key positions.

Former HCHB Exec Launches Post-Acute Care Consulting Firm
Tom Maxwell has created a post-acute care consulting firm, bringing together a group of experts with a level of knowledge and experience that equips them to fill the technology and optimization gap in the home health and hospice industry.

Power Shot Training Joins Forces with Savii Care
Guest author Michael Giudicissi describes PowerShot's new "Momentum Selling" webinar series.

Telehealth Platform Provides Home Care Patients with Bluetooth-Enabled Tablets
Largest health system in Long Island, NY switches to Health Recovery Solutions for post-acute remote patient monitoring.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
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.
 
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Former Congressman educates Homecare 100 audience about planning for the uncertainty of healthcare reform under a new HHS Secretary.

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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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

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

AHHC 2017 Leadership ConferenceAssociation for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
October 9-10
Holiday Inn Resort
Wrightsville Beach

Click here to register

HCSSA Administrator Program
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
November 13-15
Westin Galleria
Houston
tahch.org

*HCTR will see you there.
CONNECTED HEALTH: Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth Summit

6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Congress

January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
Agenda:
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.
Register for in-person or online participation


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:
Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont


April 25-27
Cliff House Maine Hotel
Cape Neddick

Information and Registration


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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


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



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; 
  • From colleagues, how to get the most value from the use of technology from clinical documentation and nurse satisfaction to operational efficiencies; and,
  • How changes in the post-acute environment, from regulatory drivers to value-based care, drive effective utilization of technology.

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    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.

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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


    Transitional Care Management - What is Your Practice Missing?

    Presented by Curaport
    Featuring: Kimberly Kicklighter, MSN, RN,
    Director of Nursing & Quality, Successful Health & Wellness Solutions

    Thursday, February 22
    2:00 p.m. Eastern

    Fee: $39

    Information & Registration

     



    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



    Social Worker Documentation: The Route to Quality Assessments

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Christina A. Nuqui, M.S.W., Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC
    Tuesday, February 20
    2:00 p.m.EST
    $99
    Click here to register

    (approved for 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



    Prevention of Diabetes Related Lower Extremity Amputation

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Myra Varnado, BS, RN, CWON, CFCN, Director of Clinical Services, Corstrata
    Thursday, February 8
    2:00 p.m. EST
    $49

    Click here to register

    (approvedfor one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing)

     



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