Volume 8, Number 14 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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Home Care, Home Health, Hospice, Behavioral Health software company has been ranked #1 in multiple post-acute care areas.

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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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

Register

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.


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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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


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

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