Volume 7, Number 14 March  7, 2018



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Trying to learn anything at HIMSS is like drinking from a fire hose, while walking for 10 hours straight. I did my best and absorbed nearly 2 percent of it, but it was the 2 percent that matters to our corner of healthcare IT.

Healthcare at Home is still more of an afterthought than a focus at gatherings of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society but that afterthought still offers value.

Far more than in past years, HIMSS keynote and breakout sessions gravitated this year toward issues that hospital systems, ACOs, and post acute providers have in common: interoperability, how the ACA might be changing, managed care, remote patient monitoring, and reducing the rate of hospital readmissions.

This week, our HIMSS overview starts with the speech CMS Administrator Seema Verma gave at an opening keynote. Read about her quest to put patients in charge of their own health records in Seema Verma Announces "MyHealthEData" at HIMSS. For Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, she can simply mandate it. For the rest, she summoned insurance companies to get in line.

Our survey of new technologies on display includes a waterproof smart phone, a discharge/referral system that streamlines the process of moving patients to the right post acute care locale, an in-home monitor that measures vital signs and manages medications, and a system that turns Amazon's Echo into a personal companion for elderly persons in need of remote monitoring and continuous outside contact. Also in "HIMSS Finally Paying Attention to Post Acute Care" is an update on PointClickCare, which is expanding from SNF software to compete in the home health EMR market.

After this week's HIMSS stories, be sure to spend some time with part two of our three-part series on home health's looming payment system changes. Guest authors Kristi Bajer, BSN, RN, and OperaCare founder Michael McGowan straighten out misunderstandings they have uncovered regarding the how a 30-day payment episode would work in "What A 30-Day Episode Means to HHAs."

Lastly, telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella has been studying whether there will be an impact on HHAs from a new law that expands payments for virtual visits enabled by remote monitoring systems. She brings her findings in "Telehealth Reimbursement: The CHRONIC Law Gets A Little Closer"

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Seema Verma Announces "MyHealthEData" at HIMSS
DHHS and CMS finally agree to put patients in control of their own health data, Seema Verma told a HIMSS18 audience.

HIMSS Finally Paying Attention to Post Acute Care
More than in past years, we were able to find home health, home care, and hospice-relevant products at the annual HIMSS meeting. Take a peek at the movement toward user-friendly Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning that will soon generate products in our corner.

What A 30-Day Episode Means to HHAs
Exploring the depth of misunderstanding of the serious challenge that will be presented by HHGM and 30-day episodes.

Telehealth Reimbursement: The CHRONIC Law Gets A Little Closer
The answer is 'yes' but do they pay home health? Maybe.

CMS Posts Hospice CAHPS Previews
You have until the end of the month to see whether there are any mistakes on your hospice CAHPS report.

HEALTHCAREfirst Announces Partnership with Forcura
Software leaders to cooperate to improve home health and hospice document management.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
It Is Time To Start Planning for HHGM and 30-Day Episodes
Delayed by CMS at the behest of the industry, HHGM was included in an obscure amendment to a budget bill and passed into law on February 9. In a 3-part series beginning this week, guest author Michael McGowan unpacks what this means to HHAs.
 
Manage Change, A Good Implementation Maintains Your Competitive Advantage
Successful software implementation comes from managing change as much as from training how to use the software. Technical consultant Darcey Trescone offers some tips for dealing with change-resistant staff.

As of this date, approximately 28,853,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

MHHA Annual Conference

Michigan Home Care & Hospice Association
April 25-26
Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids
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


2018 Annual Conference

AHHC of North Carolina

May 7-9
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

Register


2018 National Leadership Conference

Home Care Association of America

September 22-25
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington DC

Information for Providers and Exhibitors


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Improving CAHPS Response Rates: 2 Free Webinars

Sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirst
Featuring:
Liz Silva, Director of Home Health & Hospice, HEALTHCAREfirst

Hospice CAHPS: Wednesday, May 2
2:00 pm EDT
Free Registration

Home Health HHCAHPS: Thursday, May 10
2:00 pm EDT
Free Registration

With greater visibility into quality through public reporting on Hospice Compare and Home Health Compare, hospice and home health providers have an even greater incentive for performance improvement. During each 45-minute webinar, we will discuss methods and activities that have been instrumental in improving CAHPS survey response rates, a key element of implementing a data-driven approach and improving your scores. To be discussed:

  • Hospice CAHPS Regulations
  • Response Rate Calculation
  • Available Benchmarks
  • Effective Strategies to Improve Response Rates

 



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.

Register



Good Ways to Break Bad News: Social Worker Edition

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Heather Calhoun, RN, BSN, COS-C, HSC-D

Date: Tuesday, May 1 
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $79
Information & Registration

*This education session is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Social Workers.

 

 

 



Clinical Impact of OASIS-D

Presented by HEALTHCAREfirst

Featuring:

Deanna Loftus, HEALTHCAREfirst Director of Regulatory Compliance
Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, Regulatory Consultant

Tuesday, May 1
2:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

In March 2018, CMS released the draft of the latest version of the OASIS data set, OASIS-D. Modifications are being made to OASIS in order to comply with the IMPACT Act, to reduce data collection burden, and to improve formatting throughout the document. CMS is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a January 1, 2019 implementation date. Topics:

  • Addition of six new standardized items
  • The removal of 28 OASIS questions that will no longer be assessed.
  • Modification to M1311 to support a new standardized pressure ulcer measure.
  • Addition of responses to M1028, M1311, M2102 and removal of responses to M2310.
  • Review of additional changes to OASIS

 



The Penalty Box Compliance Series
Part 7: Audit-Proof Your Visit Notes

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, April 18
1:00 p.m. EDT
$39

Information and registration

Description: An auditor shows up on your doorstep and fear sets into your agency.  You have worked hard to be compliant, but you still have several days of anxiety until the auditor pronounces you have passed and are deficiency free!   Everyone celebrates.  The next day you receive 20 audits from CMS. Don't let this happen to you and your agency!  Learn from the compliance experts at OperaCare how to ensure compliance with the new CoP's. This education session in part 7 of the Penalty Box Compliance Series.

*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education.

 

 

 





The Penalty Box Compliance Series Part 6: Audit-Proof Your Visit Notes

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, March 21
1:00 p.m. EDT
$39

Information and registration

*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing


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