Volume 8, Number 29 March  27, 2019



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

I have some money for you! The organizers of next month's "Telehealth 2019: Innovative Changes in Healthcare Delivery" conference have allowed me to offer my subscribers 20% off their registration fee. Besides myself, speakers will include NAHC President Bill Dombi, attorney Robert Markette, home telehealth consultant Karen Thomas, California's El Camino Hospital executives Dr. Michelle Pezzani and Grace Benlice, and Tammy Ross from Axxess Software, who will talk about telehealth and PDGM opportunities.

To get your discount, go to the conference site at connectedhomeliving.com/event-2 and register with the discount code SPEAKER20.

Attention, all who accept insurance

There are two important news items of interest to non-medical home care as well as Medicare providers this week. If you accept payment from insurance companies for non-Medicare patients, or for non-Medicare covered services for Medicare beneficiaries, please pay attention to the announcement from CMS regarding a change in government policy regarding Affordable Care Act regulations. We thought the news important enough to reprint CMS's bulletin and write a separate piece interpreting its meaning for many of our readers.

Here is the potential negative outcome. Healthcare organizations of all types, from hospitals to nursing homes to home health and home care providers might not be paid by some insurance policies for services rendered and might not find out about the problem until quite a bill has been racked up. First read the CMS announcement, "Administration Will Not Enforce Regs Against Non-ACA-Compliant Health Policies" then see our analysis of its meaning to home care, "Make Sure Your Insurance Clients Are Actually Insured."

The second news item of interest to Medicare and non-medical providers alike is the grant awarded to Texas A&M. They will conduct a research study on the effects of in-home remote patient monitoring for persons with dementia. The technology company participating in the grant is a new one to us, perhaps to you too. They go well beyond just measuring vital signs by installing motion sensors in the home as well as providing digital bp cuffs, weight scales, and the like. Plus, they give the patient a wearable device that tracks their location and talks to them through two-way communication if they wander. We spoke with the company president to learn more about how his system works. I think you'll find it fascinating.

Hospice news from CMS

Lastly, hospice provider probably already know but we have reprinted the CMS announcement, with direct links, that 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.

That's the news for this week. I hope you see you in Las Vegas next month. So much has changed in remote patient monitoring technology and reimbursement, this would be a good time to get an update.

And remember that this free service is made possible by our generous sponsors. Be sure to click on their graphic displays to see if they are offering just what you are looking for. Especially, scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page and click on the announcement of this summer's "Post Acute 360" conference event from Lincoln Health.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

 

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Tim Rowan



Clairvoyant Networks to Provide Technology for Texas A&M Research Grant
The Texas Alzheimer's Research and Care Consortium (TARCC) awarded a grant to Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center to study the effects of remote patient monitoring on Alzheimer's patients.

Administration Will Not Enforce Regs Against Non-ACA-Compliant Health Policies
CMS announces an extension of the right to buy health insurance policies not subject to ACA minimum standards.

Make Sure Your Insurance Clients Are Actually Insured
Know if your patient carries one of these cheap, non-compliant insurance policies before you begin services.

Hospice CAHPS Released
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.

 
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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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.


NAHC Financial Managers Meeting *

July 14-16
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Chicago

Information and Registration


Senior Care 360: Strategy and Solutions Conference *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: July 31 - August 2
Location: Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD

Information and Registration


 

3rd Interoperability Forum

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) 

Date: August 21-22
Location: Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

Register Online

This event will bring people together from ONC, the healthcare industry, and the technology sector to:
  • Learn about recent efforts to advance interoperability nationwide
  • Identify concrete actions in response to current interoperability barriers
Attendees will hear keynotes from industry influencers, have the opportunity to view demos showcasing innovative solutions and participate in tracks focused on various aspects of interoperability. Co-led by industry leaders and supported by ONC experts, the tracks will provide an opportunity to discuss the latest issues and identify actions that can be taken to address key barriers to interoperability in a group setting.
Who: Health IT standards and technology community, including developers, policymakers, technology staff at provider organizations, and consumers.

SAGE/2019 *

Hosted by Honor

Date: September 10
Location
: Portofino Hotel & Marina, Redondo Beach, CA
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Information and Registration
(Rowan Report subscribers have been offered a 25% discount; use discount code "Rowan" when you register)

How we care for our aging population is one of the most daunting and important challenges we face as family members, as community builders, as leaders in our industry.
That’s why Honor is launching SAGE/2019, a day of inspiring keynotes, lively panel discussions, and intimate conversations on the most compelling topics in senior care and wellness. We’re bringing together thinkers and doers, innovators and entrepreneurs, academics and leaders in healthcare and home care.
You’ll meet creative thinkers who are shifting the narrative about aging, company founders who are driving change, and visionaries who are imagining what’s possible in the future. This is a unique opportunity to network with thought leaders, peers, and potential partners, to revolutionize how we think about aging, and, most importantly, to take action.

Home Health, Home Care, Hospice GROWTH SUMMIT *

Date: Sept. 17-19
Location: Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas

Information and Registration

Join renowned agency mentors Cheryl Peltekis and Melanie Stover for an owners' and executives' ONLY event focusing on how to survive and thrive in this rapidly changing environment. Cheryl and Melanie will break down exactly how to maximize your agency’s growth during this time of disruption in an easy to follow system you can use, over and over.

HCAOA 2019 Annual Leadership Conference *

Home Care Association of America

Date: September 22-23
Location: Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort

Information


*The Rowan Report 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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How to Satisfy the OIG's Requirements for Fraud and Abuse Compliance Training
Featuring: Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.
Date: Wednesday, August 7
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT
Available on demand after broadcast date.
Option to purchase CD & handouts
Information and Registration
 
The OIG requires that home care providers of all types must provide effective training on fraud and abuse compliance for employees early in their employment and on at least an annual basis thereafter. Let us help you satisfy these requirements by participating in this teleconference! Whether you are a home health agency, hospice, HME company or private duty agency, gather your staff members together for this teleconference to satisfy the OIG's requirements. 
Participants will learn about three major types of fraud and abuse: false claims, kickbacks, and violations of the Stark law. Practical examples in the home care industry will be emphasized with concrete guidance about what to do about possible violations. The teleconference will also focus on how employees should raise concerns about possible fraudulent conduct internally before they even consider going outside the company. 
 


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.


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


Webinar hosts, send your announcements to: Conferences@RowanResources.com

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