Volume 6, Number 23 March  15, 2017



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Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

If you are a political news junkie like me, you have been watching as cabinet appointees are questioned, praised, criticized and voted in or out by the Senate. You may even monitor news reports each time a confirmation vote is expected that day. However, even the most addicted news hounds might have missed it when Seema Verma was quietly approved as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 13. Plenty of attention went to the vote confirming HHS Secretary Tom Price and to the controversial confirmation of the Amway heir as Secretary of Education or the post-confirmation accusations against the Attorney General. But the vote confirming the nominee to the position that most directly affects most of us was not important enough to merit a headline. You had to look for it.

We looked for it. In fact, we looked beyond the headlines into the details so we could bring you a profile of Ms.Verma, from her college degrees to her work designing a custom Medicaid plan for Indiana that is unlike the plans in any other state. We think you will be able to make some educated guesses about what CMS will become under her direction after learning a little about her track record. I hope you find our profile of Seema Verma useful; it looks as though she will be around for a while.

In this week's news: Our old friend Glen Tullman is doing well since being ousted as Allscripts CEO a little over four years ago. His personal interest in diabetes care led him to form a tech company with a mission to help people manage their condition. He wrote to us this week to let us know about his company closing on a $52.5 million round of investment. Click on the headline below about "Livongo" for the details.

We also interviewed an executive with NetMotion for this week's report. This Seattle-based company develops security and enhanced connectivity products for mobile workers. We spoke with VP John Knopf about the release of "Diagnostics 4.0," a system that diagnoses and reports the exact cause of a connectivity issue, saving time for mobile and IT staff so both can be more productive.

We dusted off a white paper from a couple of years ago because we think it is still timely. Advanced Telehealth Solutions studied the effectiveness of remote patient monitoring for keeping CHF patients out of the hospital. As payers move in the direction of paying for outcomes instead of activities, it is good to remember that there are technology tools you can deploy to get your agency moving in the same direction.

Worth the trip
You will say I am nagging you but I want to mention once again that next month's National Leadership Conference will be an important, if not headline-making, event. From what I have been hearing, the sponsors, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, are planning some sort of major announcement that will be of interest to for-profit as well as not-for-profit HHAs. San Diego, April 19-21. homebasedcareevents.com

Introducing the HCTR Podcast
We heard you! You are busy and your day is filled with distractions, your nights with planning for the next day. Instead of finding a moment to read my opening letter and then finding time to read some or all of the news articles in each week's report, wouldn't it be convenient if you could listen to HCTR every week while commuting to and from work? Now you can.

Starting today, if all goes well, simply open this email on your phone -- or whatever device you use to listen to podcasts while you're driving home from work -- and tap my face. (There's an instruction you don't hear every day.) It will open the audio version of this week's report. Just in case, I'll repeat the link here this first time.

 

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Meet CMS Administrator Seema Verma
What can the Healthcare at Home industry expect from the new CMS boss?

Livongo Health Gets $52.5 Million to Combat Diabetes
General Catalyst and Kinnevik co-lead investment group that includes Microsoft Ventures. Proceeds will be used to accelerate growth, add new chronic conditions, speed international expansion.

CHF Study Proves Value of Remote Patient Monitoring
This 2015 study is worth revisiting as the heat is turned up on reporting post-acute patient outcomes and further reducing hospital readmission.

NetMotion Diagnostics Gives IT Visibility into Mobile Network and Security Data
When field staff loses connectivity on their mobile device, tech support might stop having these conversation, "Let's try this. No? OK, how about this? Still no? Oh well, bring it in."

 
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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


Community 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


Technologies and Tactics Transforming Long-term Care Conference: Igniting Innovation and Best Practices Across the Long-term and Post-acute Care Continuum
Sponsored by TCBI and Telehealth and Medicine Today
June 30
Washington, DC
Information and registration

2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show *
Home Care Association of FloridaJuly 23-27
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World
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

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

Register Here


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

Free: Register here



Leveraging Technology on Your Path for A 5-Star Rating

Sponsored by Brightree
Featuring Diane Link, RN, MHA, Blacktree Healthcare Consulting; Michael Puskarich, CEO, Kenosha VNA; Wendy Cofran, CIO, Natick VNA; Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, CEO, Walpole Area VNA

April 13
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT

Learn:

  • The impact technology and process have on a 5-star rating
  • How to utilize dashboards to track and trend data that may impact outcomes
  • How to develop outcome scorecards, and how to use them during employee evaluations
  • How to utilize reports to identify educational opportunities

Free: Register here



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

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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 


Navigating Pre-Claim Review

The controversial Pre-Claim Review Demonstration has been delayed in FL and paused in IL. So what's next? We'll cover what we've learned, what you should be doing now, and what home health care agencies can expect next.

Sponsored by Forcura
Featuring: Nick Seabrook, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting; Craig Mandeville, Forcura; Kim Gaffey, MSN, RN, Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice
Thursday, April 13
2:00 pm EDT

Registration Link


Hospice Proposed Rule FY2018

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Katie Wehri, CHPC, Healthcare Provider Solutions
Tuesday, June 6
2:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: $89
Registration


QAPI Overview

Presented by Diane Link, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Tuesday, May 23rd
2:00 p.m. EST
Cost:  $99
Registration


Understanding the Effect Functional Scoring Has on Your Agency

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Chad Whitefield, PTA, Managing Partner of Advance Rehabilitation Management Group
Monday, June 12
2:00 p.m. EDT 
Cost: $59 
Registration


The Trump Effect: How the New Administration is Impacting Homecare

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Angelo Spinola, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC
Thursday, June 29
11:00 a.m. EDT 
Cost: $99 
Registration



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