Volume 6, Number 23 April  26, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

It is New Technology Week in healthcare, not by our declaration but by virtue of the proliferation of product releases that landed in our inbox this month. Click on the headlines below to learn about a new electronic signature system for your referring physicians, a travel-sized CPAP for patients no longer homebound, and an app that lets you wait at home and notifies you when your turn is coming up at the ER or doctor's office.

"Client Sidekick" promises to be easy for your referring physicians to use as it streamlines your claims submission process, not to mention lowering your paper costs and your CFO's anxiety.

ResMed unveiled "AirMini" on Tuesday. It is a 300 gram CPAP that will make it far easier for sleep apnea sufferers to travel.

If you have ever sat for hours in a hospital emergency department waiting room, you will be glad to learn about Jellyfish Health. The Florida company developed an app that lets you get in a virtual line and wait at home instead of in that germ-infested ED waiting room. It works for physician appointments too. We offer a couple of suggestions as to how it can benefit in-home care providers.

Worth the trip
May 1st signals the start of the spring conference season. Keep up with the events that might be worth a trip by scrolling to the bottom of this page each week. We also keep a list on our web site at
http://rowanresources.com/conferences/.

We will be on many of those airplanes with you and hope to meet as many of our subscribers as we can before it all goes quiet in August. NHPCO in Washington DC is coming up next week. I'll be on the faculty list in Colorado and Florida, talking about all the new technologies you have never heard of but desperately need. I have also been invited to the Post Acute LINK conference in Chicago in June. It was well-attended last year and they expect even more home health and long term care providers to put their heads together to improve patient care and transitions this year.

About last week
We genuinely appreciate hearing from so many of you after our report from San Diego last week and our interview with Tracey Moorhead. Almost all of the feedback was positive, though cautious. Two questions surfaced: "Will a second major national association attract enough members to be viable?" and "Is a second major national association needed?"

We did not attempt to answer either of those questions while reporting on the birth of ElevatingHOME and on the opinions of providers and their technology vendors that we have been hearing over the years. Those answers are up to you. Our mission is to keep you informed so you have a more solid framework upon which to base your answers.

We do, however, have one wish. Whether there are two, five or ten trade associations, what will best serve the industry -- and its patients -- is their willingness to set egos aside and work together.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Startup Drives Another Nail in Fax Machine Coffin
New patient portal makes electronic signatures simple for referring physicians.

ResMed Unveils Travel-Size CPAP
Sleek product design and accompanying smartphone app said to change the travel experience for the world's 100 million sleep apnea sufferers.

App Eliminates Waiting Room Trauma
Florida company introduces restaurant waiting room technology to emergency department waiting room.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
New National Association Launched for Home-Based Care Providers
Following two years of planning, the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurses Associations of America and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation unveiled a new association, Elevating Home, to serve the needs of not-for-profit and for-profit providers of home-base care, including home health, hospice, and palliative care providers, in all 50 states. The Council of State Associations will also be a founding member.
 
The ElevatingHOME Announcement: What It Means to You
The lawyers were confused. "Why are you inserting language about fiscal transparency and banning nepotism into the by-laws of your new organization? Nobody does that." "We are doing that," the Board of Directors of ElevatingHOME replied. More than any other statement in this week's special edition, this is the clue to why its founders believe a new national association is needed. In this rare opinion piece, editor Tim Rowan remembers a few other clues.

As of this date, approximately 25,388,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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.

Your state or national association meeting not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

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Hospice Proposed Rule FY2018

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Katie Wehri, CHPC, Healthcare Provider Solutions
Tuesday, June 6
2:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: $89
Registration


QAPI Overview

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


Understanding the Effect Functional Scoring Has on Your Agency

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Chad Whitefield, PTA, Managing Partner of Advance Rehabilitation Management Group
Monday, June 12
2:00 p.m. EDT 
Cost: $59 
Registration


The Trump Effect: How the New Administration is Impacting Homecare

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Angelo Spinola, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC
Thursday, June 29
11:00 a.m. EDT 
Cost: $99 
Registration



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