Volume 8, Number 14 March  13, 2019




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

If you are a hospice provider opening this email Wednesday morning, go first to our announcement of today's CMS Open Door Forum. It starts at 2:00 EDT today. After that, read the CMS announcement "Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available."

It is March. Home health and hospice agency owners across the country are anticipating spring and the annual Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report to Congress. It should be released any day now so we spoke with NAHC President Bill Dombi, who has seen a draft of the January MedPAC vote on this year's issues. I'm certain you will find his comments valuable and enlightening. It really is a new day at NAHC.

Also in this week's news

Careful readers may notice that two of our reprints of vendor news releases are related. Homecare Homebase sent us an announcement about signing a major customer, make that the major customer. Netsmart, which currently serves that customer, has a major announcement about receiving a prestigious award from a leading market research company for its 50 years of service to all post-acute sectors, including home health, home care, hospice, and behavioral health.

Worth the trip

With your new permission to allocate remote patient monitoring technology costs to patient rather than office overhead expenses, are you taking another look at investing in home telehealth systems? If so, you will gather most of the data you need to make that decision at next month's "2019 Telehealth: Innovative Changes in Healthcare Delivery" conference, April 18-19 in Las Vegas. Join Arlene Maxim, Bill Dombi, Robert Markette, Dr. Michelle Pezzani and me as we explore current success stories and the future promise of virtual care.

This would be a good time to remind readers that our little publication, after 20 years, has built a treasure-trove of information for researchers. Every article we have published since going electronic in 2005 remains on our servers and is accessible via our easy-to-use search engine, located directly under our category wheel. If you remember an older article but did not keep it, you can find it. If you are new to home health and home care and want to learn its history, pick a search word and type it into the search field. Too many results? Go back and click the "Advance" button and you can do a Boolean 'and' search on up to three key words. One restriction: don't use spaces, it doesn't do well with more than one word per line. Try it. You'll certainly find something educational in our more than 2,800 saved articles.

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Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Dombi Previews MedPAC 2020 Payment Recommendations
NAHC President Bill Dombi got a preview of this year's MedPAC report to Congress. He talked to us about what will be in it and about his ongoing efforts to education MedPAC commissioners.

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available
Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available.

Hospice Open Door Forum
CMS and CCSQ will host a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) to allow hospices and other interested parties to ask questions on the development of a Hospice Assessment Tool.

Kindred at Home selects Homecare Homebase as agency's EMR system
Kindred at Home, the nation's largest provider of home health, hospice and community based services, has selected Homecare Homebase as their next EMR solution.

Netsmart Earns Black Book Awards
Home Care, Home Health, Hospice, Behavioral Health software company has been ranked #1 in multiple post-acute care areas.

Vendor Watch
WellSky signs Florida agency, Chapters Health System

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Software Vendors Discuss PDGM Perspectives and Preparations
In interviews with some of the top software vendors in the home health industry, we learned there is a lot of preparation and planning taking place to ensure their customers are ready to meet the demands of PDGM.
 
NOTIFYD Integrates with KanTime Enterprise Agency Platform
NOTIFYD integrates with KanTime enterprise agency platform.

As of this date, approximately 32,934,000 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

 


PDGM National Summits - Coming to a City Near You!

National Association of Home Care and Hospice

In early 2019, 12 summits were planned at strategically located cities around the United States. There are still 8 summits available to attend. Find the nearest location to gain insights and receive the tools you need to successfully transition to PDGM.  You still have time!

Previous Locations:
January 23, 2019 Orlando, Florida (Done)
January 24, 2019 Kansas City, Missouri (Done) 
February 5, 2019 New Orleans, Louisiana (Done)
February 6, 2019 Portland, Oregon (Done)
February 7, 2019 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (Done)
February 13, 2019 Denver, Colorado (Done)

Locations Upcoming:

February 21, 2019 Columbus, Ohio

February 27, 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina

March 5, 2019 Chicago, Illinois

March 12, 2019 Boston Region - Northampton, MA (Sold Out)

March 13, 2019 Boston Region - Northampton, MA

March 19, 2019 Los Angeles, California

March 26, 2019 Dallas, Texas

Click Here for Information and to Register!

The most consequential changes to impact home health in decades are coming in 2020 — are you ready? The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is slated to debut on January 1, 2020. PDGM will revolutionize the payment methodology for all Medicare Home Health Agencies (HHAs) in the United States.


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.

Hospice & Palliative Care Leadership & Advocacy Conference 2019 (LAC 2019)*

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization 

Preconference Dates: April 13-14, 2019
Main Conference Dates: April 15-17, 2019
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

Rates and Fees

Register Online

Executive leadership and management at all levels of hospice and palliative care will comprise the audience for this conference, including presidents and CEOs, administrators, directors, clinical managers, finance and development professionals, quality and performance improvement professionals, regulatory and compliance officers, marketing and public relations professionals, educators, researchers and other leaders working to promote advancement of hospice and palliative care and plan its future development.


2019 Telehealth - Innovative Changes in Healthcare Delivery Conference *

Presented by: Connected Home Living

Date: April 18-19, 2019
Location: Paris Hotel - Las Vegas
Fee: $595 per person

Register

During this event, hear from some of the most dynamic and educational industry experts about current and upcoming CMS rules.  Learn about how telehealth can ease the burden of PDGM for home health, updates on PDPM for Skilled Nursing Facilities, the Physician Fee Schedule, and 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians.  CMS is dramatically expanding opportunities for providers to include telemedicine and telehealth in plans for improving patient care, reducing costs, and improving patient satisfaction.

 


National Healthcare CFO Summit
Sponsored by Marcus Evans

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

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Andrew Gwin, Senior Director of Revenue Cycle, and his colleague David Maxwell, Senior Director of Performance Excellence at Ascension, present "Denials:Improving Your Playbook." They will discuss how Clinical Denials continue to be a leading opportunity to improve net revenue for most acute hospital organizations, and how Ascension is taking a collaborative approach by developing a comprehensive Playbook that invites each hospital to take an interdisciplinary approach to improving denials.
The session will address:
  • Discuss how to develop a national best practice playbook
  • Review key components of a successful clinical denial mitigation program
  • How to implement a national best practice amongst 150+ hospitals
  • Tracking and monitoring results

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.


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Giving and Getting Referrals from Hospitals

Featuring: Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.

Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT

Encore date: May 15
Option to purchase CD & handouts

Information and Registration


Referrals from hospitals may be even more important for agencies under the Medicare Program's Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Hospitals also remain a major source of referrals for hospices and HME, amid increasing competition. Private duty agencies have a key role to play in the discharge of patients to home and referrals from hospitals are expanding rapidly. All types of providers need to know how to get more referrals from hospitals without breaking the law. And hospital discharge planners/case managers need to know the rules so the referral process remains in compliance!

This teleconference will address crucial questions for both providers and discharge planners, such as:

  • Can home care providers participate in discharge planning meetings?
  • Should home care providers have access to case managers and patients prior to discharge?
  • What do regulations and interpretive guidelines for discharge planning say about giving and getting referrals?
  • How can providers and case managers use Preferred Provider Agreements?

Extensive handouts will be provided, and there will be time for comments, questions and answers.



State of Home Care and Hospice with NAHC President Bill Dombi

Presented by: Netsmart

Date: April 11, 2019 
Time:
2:00 pm EDT

Fee:
Free

Register Now
Are you aware of the policies and legislation that could impact your organization and the individuals you serve?
Join us on Thursday, April 11 at 2 p.m. ET as Bill Dombi, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) president, sits down with Kevin Scalia, our executive vice president, to discuss legislative issues and industry trends that could impact your organization now and in the future. 
You’ll walk away with practical understanding to address:
  • Home care and hospice policy priorities
  • Medicare hospice reform issues
  • Review Choice Demonstration (RCD)
  • Condition of Participations (CoPs)
  • Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM)



The ABCs of PDGM: What it Means to Home Health and How You Should Prepare
Hosted and presented by: HEALTHCAREfirst 
Date:  May 16, 2019
Time: 1:00pm CT
Fee: Free

REGISTER NOW

According to industry experts, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is the biggest change to home health in nearly 20 years. HHAs of all shapes and sizes can expect significant changes for episodes beginning on or after January 1, 2020. You must have a deep understanding of how PDGM works and how it will affect your reimbursement to successfully prepare well in advance of this change. Join HEALTHCAREfirst’s regulatory team for an overview of PDGM, including tips and resources to help your home health agency prepare.

We’ll share with you:

  • Overview of PDGM
  • PDGM Basics including 30-day Payment Periods and Case-Mix Components
  • Documentation, billing, and reimbursement changes
  • Best practices to help get your agency ready


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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