Volume 8, Number 43 April  24, 2019



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

I got to meet some interesting people at last week's "2019 Telehealth" conference in Las Vegas, sponsored by Connected Home Living. In addition to Bill Dombi's detailed explanation of upcoming PDGM rules and how he expects Medicare providers to adjust, I met Elcee Cortez, BNS, RN, the president of the Philippine Nurses' Association, a wonderful nurse and wonderful organization dedicated to patient care. And I met retired DEA agent David Schiller.

If you are a regular "60 Minutes" viewer, you may recognize Schiller's name. Rather than go into detail here, I'll let you read my interview with him in this week's issue. You need to read it if your field staff has ever been in a home where there are leftover opioids or other controlled substances. According to Schiller, that is just about every person on your staff. A new law authorizes hospices to dispose of these drugs but every caregiver who enters a home should be aware that leftover dangerous meds are probably there. He related one story about a woman who showed up at one of his disposal centers with two lawn leaf bags full of prescription bottles.

In my interview, you will learn your legal obligations and a new way to handle no longer needed controlled substances when you find them. See "New Product Solves Leftover Controlled Substance Problem."

Another Chapter in the Ongoing ALJ Controversy
Guest author Elizabeth Hogue, esq. continues her series tracking court cases trying to settle the issue of who gets to hold the money, you or your MAC, during the appeals process. In recent months, she has told us about several cases but they were all decided differently. Sometimes CMS wins, sometimes the provider, depending on the judge's opinion. When CMS wins, however, the provider often goes out of business while waiting its turn in front of the ALJ. That is what happened in the case Hogue tells us about today. Except this time, the owner of the destroyed home health agency filed a class action suit, claiming the devastating extrapolation was founded on UPIC or ZPIC misunderstanding of its own rules. The stakes are getting higher and higher, Hogue warns. Be prepared.

In other news, be sure to see this week's Vendor Watch column for announcements of two partnerships. Casamba has started working with Forcura, and Netsmart has a new partnership with Senior Living provider Plum Healthcare. Hospice providers will be interested to read about a gentleman who became frustrated with the wrong kinds of chairs and beds provided to people at end of life. So he invented his own. The Immersus Health Company was founded to set a new standard with clinically proven products designed specifically for hospice patients.

Speaking of hospice, be sure to scroll down to read about a free webinar offered by ElevatingHome and the VNAA, "Understanding the Hospice PEPPER."

Worth the Trip
Association conference season is upon us and we will be attending a few state meetings next month. Senior staff reporter Darcey Trescone is at the Missouri association meeting this week. I will be speaking at the annual meeting of the New York State Home Care Association in Saratoga Springs on May 9-10. After that, I'll be going straight to the Rockies for the Colorado association meeting on May 15-17. I hope to see you at one of these events.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Providers v. UPICs and ZPICs: Another Chapter
Guest author Elizabeth Hogue brings us another chapter in the continuing saga of Providers v. UPICs and ZPICs. The stakes are high! Providers must continue to seek relief from the courts from devastating actions by the UPICs and ZPICs.

New Product Solves Leftover Controlled Substance Problem for Hospices
What do you do with leftover opioids after a hospice patient dies? Rules from the DEA and EPA make it clear you have only two options, and one of them can be expensive. Here is our review of a new product for the other option.

Immersus Health: Clinically Proven Products for Hospice
Patients at the end of their life deserve exceptional care and appropriate products. The Immersus Health Company was founded to set a new standard with clinically proven products designed specifically for hospice patients.

Vendor Watch
— Plum Healthcare and Netsmart partner to enhance integrated care in senior living
— Casamba partners with Forcura for document workflow solution, aimed at streamlining documentation.


 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
EMR Vendors Discuss PDGM Preparations and Innovations
The success of your transition to a drastically different Medicare payment system is largely dependent on the efforts of your EMR vendor. Staff writer Darcey Trescone spoke with three more of them this week to learn what they are planning for you.
 
Medicare Trims Payments To 800 Hospitals, Citing Patient Safety Incidents
We republish a story from Kaiser Health News as a reminder to be grateful that some healthcare segments have problems we do not have.

As of this date, approximately 33,396,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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.


WEBINAR: 5 Crucial Ways to Prepare for PDGM

Sponsored by: HealthCare Synergy

Featuring: Michael Tidd, LVN, COS-C, COS-D
Dates: November 13
Time:
10:00 am PST / 1:00 am EST

Information and Registration

Agencies are rapidly trying to prepare for the PDGM payment model. We will show you the most crucial ways an agency can prepare for the internal changes needed for PDGM. While most agencies are focusing on how to instruct clinicians on the change, PDGM has the most impact on office functions. Attend and gain insight on the things the agency needs to be doing now to prepare for January 1, 2020.

Objectives:
1. Learn agency level changes that can be implemented to be successful in 2020
2. Understand how to approach budgeting and finances under PDGM
3. What do your clinicians really need to know to ensure the agencies continued success

Michael Tidd has over 19 years of experience in the Home Care Industry and is a frequent speaker at HealthCare Synergy Workshops and Webinars. He is a Software Developer, LVN and Certified in ICD-9/10 Coding and OASIS (COS-C, HCS-D). As the Clinical Manager for HealthCare Synergy, he directs the Outsourced Management Services, assists in directing the development of the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition, oversees the Clinical Documentation Auditing provided to clients and directs the Clinical Form Development for the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition. Michael continues to educate agencies in the ongoing regulations that CMS produces, the proper application of the Medicare Conditions of Participation and completing timely, accurate and defendable clinical documentation to survive in the current Medicare Reimbursement Model.


Free Webinar: Your path to 99 - An Actionable Webinar on Achieving 99% Claims Reimbursement

Presented by: Complia Health

Date: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:30 PM EST

Reserve Your Webinar Seat

Billing is complex. Improving your billing and claims filing process doesn't have to be.

Getting on the path to a 99% claims acceptance rate can be simple, but the key is in understanding, and then overcoming, the common pitfalls that create problems for home health care agencies in the first place.

Join industry expert Scott Brashears to learn how to better identify potential problems in your agency processes and get the insights into solving for more accurate and timely filings that will put your agency on the path to 99.



Webinar: Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs

Presented by: CMS

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Fee: Free

Description: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar for Medicare-certified hospice providers to provide an overview on Hospital Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements.

During this webinar, CMS subject matter experts will provide information on the following topics:

  • Hospice Item Set (HIS) reporting requirements;
  • HQRP compliance cycle;
  • How to achieve hospice compliance;
  • CAHPs survey requirements; and
  • How to switch CAHPS survey research vendors.

CMS will answer questions at the end of the webinar as time permits.

Register

Conference: Successful Home Health Transformation

Hosted Dixon Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Date: December 5-6
Location
: Bally's, Las Vegas
Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Speakers: Richard K. Dixon, Cheryl Peltekis, RN, Meaghan McCormick, Esq., Donna Floyd, RN, BSN, J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, BCCH-C, COS-C, WCC; Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C; Cory Mertz, managing partner for a leading healthcare M&A firm.

Information and Registration

Approved for up to 10 hours of Continuing Nursing Education by Corexcel, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

 


 

WEBINAR: PDGM Preparation: Operational Strategies

Sponsored by Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions & MedBridge

Date: December 5
Time: 1:00 pm EST

Information and Registration

Knowing that resources are tight as PDGM approaches, Kornetti & Krafft is offering a free overview of OASIS D1 to ensure that changes to this critical data collection instrument do not get lost in the shuffle.

What is Included:

  • Highlight key differences between OASIS D and D1
  • Make an informed decision about the use of "=" as a response
  • As an outsourced OASIS/Coding company, the most commonly seen OASIS errors and proven strategies for success will be included.

 


WEBINAR: Manage Intake Orders with WellSky + Forcura

Date: December 5
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Information and registration

Jonathan Fluhart, Intrepid USA VP of Technology & Process Excellence and Windy Adams, Forcura Director of Strategic Partnerships, will share how the WellSky and Forcura workflow solution is enabling Intrepid USA to:

  • Go 100% paperless by digitizing all faxes and eliminating manual document scanning
  • Streamline intake documentation by driving referrals, authorizations and labs to one centralized location
  • Instantly reconcile signed orders and notifications that documents are ready for approval and billing

FREE WEBINAR: Quarterly Home Health Topics Discussion: The Truth about PDGM Reimbursement

Sponsored by: Healthcare Synergy

Date: December 18

Presented by: Michael Tidd, LVN, COS-C, COS-D

Information and Registration


Free Webinar: "One Last PDGM Webinar"

Sponsored by: Gateway

Date: December 27
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Featuring: Arlene Maxim, RN, HCS-C

Information and Registration
This FREE, 30-minute webinar will provide answers to the most frequently asked questions on PDGM, and actual solutions to this major challenge.


Homecare 100 *January 19-22
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort
Miami, FL

https://www.homecare100.com/

Training: Sales Coach Certification

Presented by Healthcare Strategica, LLC

Featuring: Michael Ferris
Location: Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson, NV
Date: February 18-21

Information and registration

Your sales management team is critical to the results from the sales teams they manage, day to day, month to month and quarter to quarter. The goal must be to drive more admissions with less expenditure on sales and marketing. The best way to do that is to is to increase the number of admissions generated by EVERY member of the sales team.  That will drive down your acquisition cost of each new admission – this metric, cost of sales per admission, is the one that will drive most top and bottom line success!

Sales Managers have four basic functions – manage, train, coach and mentor. For most, the greatest challenge is to have enough time to spend in the field coaching ALL of their sales professionals.  We know, though our research and experience, that the NUMBER ONE way to increase the results of home health and hospice sales professionals is to have regular, effective sales coaching.  Coaching WILL drive the most results consistently.

Sales Coach is the newest, fastest growing position in home care. A Sales Coach can spend the entire week in the field or in the training room, wherever you need them. This frees up your time and allows you to be able to manage a larger team, spend more time where it counts, have consistent on-boarding practices and a happier sales team that is hitting and exceeding all expectations.

Our new Sales Coach Certification Course is the answer to having a Sales Coach up and operational in a hurry. Sales Coach Certification Course participants will get actual time working with and coaching Bootcamp attendees. And, because this is a very nice, secluded, non-gaming location, there is not the same level of distraction you find at a casino on the strip.

Who should attend?

•            Sales Coaches
•            Sales Managers who want to improve their coaching, training and onboarding
•            Senior Leadership who want to understand how to maximize their sales structure for success

Location:

Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort located in Henderson, NV – about a 30 minute drive from the Las Vegas airport.  Uber or Lyft is your best option but if you drive, parking is free!  Once you are there, you have everything you need and a shuttle to take you to restaurants or stores in the area.  The special room rate is available for a few days before and after the event, so if you want to hit the golf course or just relax, please come early or stay late.  This is a non-gaming property that has restaurants, bars, pools, putting green, sport court, gym, hiking and biking trails.


Conference: The 17th Annual World Health Care Congress

17 Years of Empowering and Connecting Leaders in Health Care Transformation

Date: March 29-April 1, 2020
Location
: Washington, DC

Information and Registration

It’s never too soon to begin planning your experience at the 2020 World Health Care Congress. View the agenda snapshot and gain access to 100+ sessions across 15+ learning tracks:

  • Payer Transformation
  • Member Engagement and Retention
  • Provider Transformation
  • Care Delivery Integration
  • Medicaid & Health Policy
  • Behavioral Health - NEW IN 2020!
  • SDoH Business Strategy
  • SDoH Tech
  • Pop Health Analytics
  • AI & ML Applications - NEW IN 2020!
  • Innovation & Investments
  • Front Line Leadership
  • Women Leaders in Health Care
  • Self-Insurance Strategy
  • Worksite Clinics
  • Direct Contracting
  • Workplace Mental Health
  • Benefits Adviser Leadership
  • Medical Travel


Conference: Leading Age Leadership Conference

Hosted by: VNAA, Elevating Home, and Leading Age

Date: April 5-6
Location:
OMNI Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC

Information and Registration

With the Leadership Summit, LeadingAge has designed an event for forward-thinking leaders to connect, engage in dialogue, and deepen their knowledge about the future—how we can shape it, and the paths to get there together.

 


Seminars - NAHC and HHFMA PDGM Roadshow 

Sponsored by: The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA), and NAHC Forum of State Associations, have joined together to co-host 12 intensive, one-day seminars across the country to prepare home health operators for PDGM.  

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is here and home health agencies are already dealing with the most important change to home health payment in the 21st century. What is working? What is causing problems? Agencies need the latest information and advice on how to make sure their businesses prosper in the PDGM era.

Dates and Locations:
  • March 30:    Boston area, MA
  • March 30:    Seattle, WA
  • March 31:    Kansas City, MO
  • March 31:    Charlotte, NC
  • April 1:         Ontario, CA
  • April 7:         Orlando, FL                              
  • April 7:    Houston, TX
  • April 7:    Columbus, OH
  • April 7:    Salt Lake City, UT
  • April 8:    New Orleans, LA
  • April 8:    Minneapolis, MN
  • April 14:  Philadelphia area, PA
Additional Information and Registration To Be Announced Soon!


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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Interoperability for Service Providers through CMS’s EMDI Initiative

Presented by: ElevatingHOME and VNAA

Featuring: Pallavi Talekar, Project Manager, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Ray Wilkerson, Sr. Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Nandini Ganguly, Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Kishan Patel Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Briana Barnes, Project Coordinator, Scope Infotech, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, July 30
Time:
12:00 pm EDT
Fee:
Free to ElevatingHome, VNAA, and Alliance for Home Health Quality Improvement members

Registration

Representatives from the EMDI Initiative team will discuss interoperability using health IT standards, including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Participants will learn about pilot opportunities with CMS to enhance provider workflow using three critical use cases. Participants will:
  • Gain knowledge of interoperability concepts and use of latest standards, including FHIR;
  • Gather information on three critical use cases in the post-acute care setting to reduce provider burden and enhance their interoperability footprint; and
  • Identify next steps for participation in an upcoming pilot opportunity with CMS.


Security Risk Assessment Tool Overview and User Feedback Session

Presented by: CMS

Date: Wednesday July 17

Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Fee: Free

ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights are holding a training session and overview of the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool. The tool is designed to assist small to medium providers in conducting an internal security risk assessment. This assessment will aid providers with their security risk analysis as required by the HIPAA Security Rule and the CMS EHR Incentive program. Following the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
 
Register


PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustments - What You Need to Know Now

Sponsored by eSolutions

Featuring: Karri Wright, Sr. Director, Product Management at Homecare Homebase

Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: 2:00 pm CDT
Fee: Free

REGISTER NOW

The webinar covers:

  • CMS assumptions and intended adjustments and their impact on:
    • Upcoding
    • Comorbidities
    • LUPA Avoidance
  • Considerations for HHAs
  • Evaluating your HHA data now to assess tomorrow based on today’s reality


A QUALITY JOB: Clinical Management & Care Coordination Under PDGM

Hosted by VNAA
Sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree
Presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants

Featuring: Laura Wilson, RN, BSN, Sr. Manager, Simione Healthcare Consultants
Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 12:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

PDGM is so much more than a billing change! Home health agencies preparing for payment reform need to look closely at clinical operations to make accommodations that will uphold quality, including care alternatives that add value to the equation. In this webinar, we’ll share insights based on the findings of gap analyses to help your organization make a successful transition under the new requirements. Recommended Attendees: Clinical Managers, Intake Staff, Coders / QA, Finance & Billing personnel Hosted by VNAA, sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree, presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants



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