Volume 7, Number 22 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

2018 Annual Conference

AHHC of North Carolina

May 7-9
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

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West Coast Payer and Provider Summit to Address Social Determinants of Health for Complex PopulationsA World Health Care Congress Executive Series Event

June 4-5

Doubletree Resort Paradise Valley
Scottsdale, AZ


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Post Acute 360: Strategy and Solutions Conference

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

June 25-27
Gaylord National Resort
National Harbor, MD
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Leading in a Changing World

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice 49th Annual Meeting
August 8-9
Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel & Convention Center
Frisco

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Home Care Cruise

Sponsored by: HealthCare Synergy
Featuring: Melinda Gaboury, Michael Tidd, Paula Pettit
Dates: August 24-27
Location: Carnival Inspiration, Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico

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(Early Bird Pricing Ends May 15)


Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Academy

Presented by: The Health Group, LLC

Date: September 17-18
Location: Mirage Las Vegas

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2018 National Leadership Conference *

Home Care Association of America

Date:
September 22-25
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington DC

 

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Patients' Right to Freedom of Choice of Providers: How to Avoid Lawsuits

 

Presented by Elizabeth Hogue, Esq.

 

Thursday, June 14 (Encore Date: 6/21)
Recording available 24/7 On Demand; option to purchase CD & handouts.
1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT

 

Register here

 

Conflict between hospitals and home health agencies, private duty agencies, hospices and HME companies that receive referrals from hospitals may be intensifying regarding patients' right to freedom of choice. Hospitals say that they comply with all requirements while some post-acute providers maintain the exact opposite. Now post-acute providers are suing hospitals for violations.
  • What exactly are hospitals supposed to do?
  • What do post-acute providers say are common violations?
  • What is an example of a recent lawsuit filed against hospitals for violations?
  • What can hospital discharge planners/case managers do to avoid these types of lawsuits?
  • How can providers help ensure that patients' rights are honored instead of filing court cases against hospitals?
Participate in this teleconference to learn the answers to all of these questions! Extensive handouts will be provided that will also serve as a resource when questions come up in the future.


FY2019 Hospice Proposed Rule: What You Need to Know

Sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirst
Featuring:
Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance, HEALTHCAREfirst

Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 2:00 pm EDT

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On April 27, 2018, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update FY2019 Medicare wage index and payment rates for Medicare hospice agencies. The proposed rule includes changes to the hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), and more. Ms. Loftus will review the latest information regarding proposed changes and how they may affect you.


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.

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Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Mental Health Aide Education

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, WCC, President, Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $79 (per attendee)
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*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing

 



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

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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

 



ADR Education: Prevention & Response

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Diane Link, RN, MHA

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Fee: $79 (per attendee)

Information and registration

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


The Penalty Box Compliance Series Part 8: The IMPACT Act

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, May 23
1:00 p.m. EDT
$39

Information and registration

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



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