Volume 7, Number 18 April  4, 2018




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We are trying something new this week, sponsored content. When you get to the home page of the HCTR web site, take a look at the free White Paper being promoted by Change Healthcare and let us know what you think.

In this week's news, we received a notice from ElevatingHOME and its subsidiary, the VNAA, about their respective boards of directors appointing a new interim leader to head up both organizations. Read the details by clicking the headline below, "New Leadership at ElevatingHOME and VNAA." We have not heard yet why Tracey Moorhead departed nor where she will next be offering her expertise.

Our new consulting author, Darcey Trescone, is turning the attention of her ongoing advisory series from software implementation to software ROI. In her new experience-based opinion piece, she offers a formula for calculating Return on Investment and presents some serious recommendations for getting the benefits of every feature your software contains.

Everywhere we go, we hear that the biggest problem a home healthcare agency has is staffing. A non-profit research agency known as PHI has published the first of a three-part series on how to tackle that problem. You will find "Are the Young, the Old, and Men the Answer to Your Staffing Concerns?" an interesting, useful accumulation of ideas.

Lastly, we feature a story about a software company based in Lebanon that has established a U.S. presence to coincide with the release of a new Customer Relationship Management software system for non-medical home care providers. "Isoratec" is designed to address the specific needs of a private duty agency at an affordable price that includes a free trial period. Click on the Isoratec ad on the right.

With five articles this week, we trust there is something for everyone. Please remember that this service continues to come to you at no charge thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Please peruse their display ads just to the right of this message and click on the ones that seem interesting. One of them has to be offering something that will benefit your agency.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



New Leadership at ElevatingHOME and VNAA
Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, will replace the departing Tracey Moorhead, with the title "Interim Leader."

EMR ROI: Are You Getting Yours?
Calculating the Return on Investment of an EMR system is not something you do just before purchase, it is a task you perform every year.

Isoratec Opens U.S. Offices to Market New CRM System
New Pennsylvania and New Jersey-based software company introduces a CRM app aimed at private duty home care.

Are the Young, the Old, and Men the Answer to Your Staffing Concerns?
New fact sheets provide snapshots of three demographic groups that could be better recruited to address the workforce shortage in direct care: younger workers, older workers, and men.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Transitional Care Update: Bayada Exec Reveals Company Strategy
Can your staff provide case management services to other post-acute care providers? Should you decide to diversify in this direction, take the advice of a colleague who has learned how to do it well.
 
Software Implementation: A Vendor-User Team Effort
In part 4 of her series, Darcey Trescone, RN speaks from her years of experience assisting home care agencies with software implementations, then offers a stern warning to administrators who would turn the whole project over to a software vendor's implementation team.

As of this date, approximately 29,161,000 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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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

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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

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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.


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

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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

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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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