Volume 7, Number 18 April  11, 2018



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Before I get to this week's headlines, I have an announcement. You are familiar with my Home Care Technology Buyer's Guide, one of the free services offered to home health, home care, and hospice providers by this newsletter's parent company, Rowan Consulting Associates, Inc. Hundreds of you have used it to find software with features that match your needs. Today, the task of keeping The Guide current is growing larger and more time consuming. So I need to hire someone to help me.

Somewhere among thousands of HCTR subscribers, there must be someone with a high level of familiarity with the industry's software vendors and who might be, shall we say, between jobs at the moment. For the right person, the compensation will be quite generous. If I have just described you, contact me at tim@rowanresources.com.

In this week's news: Since January, 2014, the Administrative Law Judge court system has been closed to home health appeals because it is buried under such a backlog of cases (ALJ Appeals on Hold; All Agencies at Risk (HCTR 1/29/2014). What makes this closure harmful is that a CMS rule allows MACs to withhold payments until all amounts a ZPIC or RAC claims are owed have been paid.

This is a Catch-22 situation that has forced many providers to permanently close their doors when they run out of money, even if their appeal is legitimate. Our lead story this week offers some hope that this unfair system may come to an end. Attorney Elizabeth Hogue reports on a new court case in which the door was opened to reversing CMS's draconian practice. In other words, you may get to keep your money until the appeals process runs its course. Be sure to read Hogue's excellent analysis by clicking below on "Backlog of Appeals Before ALJs: More Progress."

We also have a report this week on the release of a new software system that Netsmart has been working on since its acquisitions of Allscripts Home Care, HealthMEDX, DeVero, and HAS. The new product will be called myUnity™.

I believe you will also get a kick out of the report by guest author Dr. Cory Kidd, PhD. He describes several uses of robots as companions for the elderly.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Backlog of Appeals Before ALJs: More Progress
Home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue has been keeping a close eye on recent, positive developments in the ALJ backlog problem. She gave us permission to reprint two recent articles based on her research. We put them all in one place for reader convenience. The court is getting frustrated with HHS, slamming "Medicare's Byzantine four-stage administrative appeals process" and "the harrowing labyrinth of Medicare appeals."

Why Robot Companions and AI Are the Future of Aging in Place
The latest of several applications of AI that support aging in place include hospital and home-based robot companions that are quickly becoming an essential component for seniors, says Dr. Cory Kidd, PhD.

Netsmart Announces Next Generation Platform
myUnity™ will support full continuum of care at home and senior living communities.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
BREAKING NEWS: Netsmart Acquires Change Healthcare's Home Care and Hospice Division
Two of the historically largest rivals, once known as Allscripts and McKesson, are now one.
 
New Leadership at ElevatingHOME and VNAA
Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, will replace the departing Tracey Moorhead, with the title "Interim Leader."

As of this date, approximately 29,238,000 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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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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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

Free Registration

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.


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)

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


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