Volume 6, Number 28 April  19, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We have a brief but significant report this week. Two corporate acquisitions lead the news, one in the private duty home care arena, the other in online learning. I hope, however, that these two headlines do not distract you from the excellent Provider Profile report pulled together by reporter Audrey Kinsella. She examined the palliative care program at Sharp Health Care in San Diego and describes how they ease patient anxiety during the time families are making the hospice decision.

In this week's news: One of the largest private duty software companies, ClearCare, has acquired one of its largest competitors, HomeTrak. The combined company will now serve more than 4,000 clients in the U.S. and Canada. We spoke with CEO Geoff Nudd and new Marketing VP Ed Chuang in order to bring you their thinking behind the deal and some idea of their future plans.

If we wrote a story every time Relias Learning announced another acquisition, we would have space to write about little else, but this one seemed important. The Cary, North Carolina online learning company announced last week that it has acquired Advanced Practice Strategies, a company that provides assessment-driven training to physicians and nurses.

Worth the trip: I'll cut my introductory letter short this week in order to get this report to you before I head to San Diego and the National Leadership Conference, sponsored by the VNAA and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. I hope to see you there. Speaking of airplanes, be sure to click on the banner ad below my signature to get information about registering for the Post-Acute LINK conference coming up in June in Chicago. If I don't see you in San Diego, I'll look for you there.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!


Editor signature
Tim Rowan



ClearCare Acquires HomeTrak, Adds 1,000 Customers
Combined companies will serve 4.000+ private duty customers, including eight of the ten largest in the U.S. and Canada. Read our exclusive interview with founder and CEO Geoff Nudd.

Provider Profile: Sharp Health Care's "Transitions" Program
Creating a bridge between home health and hospice has proven to reduce payer costs and patient anxiety, creating a profitable shared savings opportunity. But will the new Congress and Administration allow programs like this one in San Diego continue?

Relias Learning Acquires Advanced Practice Strategies
Another acquisition adds to the scope of the healthcare industry served by Relias Learning.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Private Duty Agency Helps HHAs Achieve Near-Zero Hospital Readmission Rate
Outsourcing remote patient monitoring to Connected Home Living, a non-medical home care agency, has helped some northern and central California HHAs drive their 30-day hospital readmission rate to 1.77%.
 
Letters to the Editor
Home Care consultant and former Addus CEO Mark Heaney shares his thoughts on the end of the road for Home Hero, the nation's first attempt to create a non-brick and mortar home care agency with independent, Form 1099 workers.

As of this date, approximately 25,311,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

National Leadership Conference *
Sponsored by:
Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

April 19-21

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
https://www.homebasedcareevents.com/

Omaha System International ConferenceA Key to Practice, Documentation and Information Management
April 20-22, 2017
Eagan, MN
Bi-annual conference offers opportunities to gain knowledge about using electronic health records across diverse settings, exchanging health information, and enabling data sharing among practice, education, and research. For additional information about the conference, the call for poster abstracts and award nominations, and to register, visit www.omahasystem.org/conferences.html.
Email abstracts to lchoromanski@gillettechildrens.com

ATA Annual Meeting

American Telemedicine Association
April 23-25
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando

http://www.ata2017.org


Pediatric Home Care Conference

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 9
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark

Details and registration


Community Care Conference

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
May 9
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark

Details and registration


New England Home Care & Hospice Conference & Trade ShowMay 16-18
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, NH
Brochure and Registration

Annual Conference *Home Care Association of Colorado
May 17-19
Keystone Resort & Conference Center
Keystone, CO
http://www.homecareofcolorado.org


Technologies and Tactics Transforming Long-term Care Conference: Igniting Innovation and Best Practices Across the Long-term and Post-acute Care Continuum
Sponsored by TCBI and Telehealth and Medicine Today
June 30
Washington, DC
Information and registration

2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show *
Home Care Association of FloridaJuly 23-27
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World
Information and Registration

AHHC 2017 Leadership ConferenceAssociation for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
October 9-10
Holiday Inn Resort
Wrightsville Beach

Click here to register

Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Conference
Presented by The Health Group
November 6-7
Caribe Hilton
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Registration: conference@healthgroup.com
 

*HCTR will see you there.

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A New Approach for Home Health Face-to-Face:
Updated Info, Updated Insights

Sponsored by Kinnser Software
Featuring Arlene Maxim, RN
Thursday, April 20
1:00 pm EDT

Learn:

  • What CMS requires for "adequate documentation" under Face-to-Face
  • How to handle inadequate progress notes provided by the physician/in-patient facility
  • Exactly what to include on your checklist of items for the physician's packet

Free: Register here



Clinician Recruitment, Retention & Satisfaction: Does Technology Help or Hinder?

Sponsored by Brightree and Elevating Home
Featuring: Karri Harpole, RN, BSN, Brightree; Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, President & CEO, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care; Wendy Cofran, CIO, Century Health Systems, Inc.; Melissa Polly, MBA, Brightree Product Marketing (moderator)

Wednesday, July 26
1:00 pm EDT

Learn:

  • Best practices related to the use of technology and the best way to engage clinicians in a model that provides the most value the organization, including recruitment, retention and satisfaction; 
  • From colleagues, how to get the most value from the use of technology from clinical documentation and nurse satisfaction to operational efficiencies; and,
  • How changes in the post-acute environment, from regulatory drivers to value-based care, drive effective utilization of technology.

Register



    Hospice vs. Palliative Care: What's the Difference?

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Katie Wehri, CHPC, Healthcare Provider Solutions
    Thursday, August 17
    2:00 p.m. EDT
    Cost: $49 per attendee
    Registration


    QAPI Overview

    Presented by Diane Link, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
    Tuesday, May 23rd
    2:00 p.m. EST
    Cost:  $99
    Registration


    Home Health Conditions of Participation Series 1: Overview and Patient Rights

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Sharon Litwin, RN, BSHS, MHA
    Thursday, August 10
    2:00 p.m. EDT 
    Cost: $39 
    Registration



     

    The Current Homecare Market: an M&A Perspective

    Presented by Curaport

    Featuring Rich Tinsley, CEO, Stoneridge Partners
    Friday, July 14
    12:00 p.m. EDT 
    Cost: $39 
    Registration



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