Volume 6, Number 28 April  5, 2017




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Attention Florida home health providers, especially those in Tampa and Miami. Last August, the CMS Pre-Claim Review demonstration project began in Illinois. In October, the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Coincidence? No way to be sure. When the Pre-Claim delay is over in a month or two, maybe Florida baseball fans should embrace it. Better safe than sorry.

Seriously, the PCR suspension in Illinois and startup delay in Florida, which took effect on April 1, came as a Friday afternoon surprise announcement late on March 31. But not everyone was surprised. When CMS refused interviews Monday morning, we turned to Bobby Lolly and Sara Ratcliffe, Executive Directors of the Home Care Association of Florida and Illinois Home Care and Hospice Council, respectively. They knew it was coming because the new CMS Administrator had actually sat down and talked with them. There is a lot of good information in this story, including a reprint of CMS's first Q&A about the PCR delay. 

The other breaking news item this week is that the VNAA has made its long-anticipated announcement that it will be changing its bylaws with the goal to reposition home-based care and its own role in the industry. We will have more details next week but you can expect this news to reverberate from its National Leadership Conference in San Diego, April 19-21, all the way to Washington DC.

We also have an important feature article by our telehealth reporter, Audrey Kinsella. She revealed her own 35-year struggle with MS a few weeks ago and follows up this week with an in-depth, personal look at a study of telehealth for MS patients underway at the University of California at Riverside.

In vendor news, there is a significant alliance announced between KanTime and OperaCare. The former is an EMR for home health, non-medical home care, and hospice providers. The latter is a startup with a revolutionary OASIS analysis and correction system that has already "ZPIC-proofed" its early adopters. We also learned of a telehealth project in upstate New York, created by a partnership among a large, non-profit hospital system, telehealth developer Health Recovery Solutions, and a state HIE.

Notice the change in our sponsor Kinnser's banner at the top of this page. They are offering a free white paper that you will find valuable. We have also added a number of events to our list of conference and free webinars at the bottom of this page. Be sure to scroll down and see if topics such as Electronic Visit Verification or Functional Scoring suit your craving for learning.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Pre-Claim Review Shut Down - For Now
CMS's last-minute suspension of the Pre-Claim Review demonstration in Illinois and simultaneous postponement of its start in Florida was not as spontaneous as it first appeared. We got the full story from people who watched it unfold, people from Illinois and Florida. There are implications for providers in all states.

Pilot Study Will Test Using Home Telehealth with Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella spoke with Dr. Elizabeth Morrison-Banks, M.D., a health science clinical professor at the University of California, Riverside, about the study she designed and is leading.

National Leadership Conference to Feature Top Industry Leaders in Ted-Talk Format
This week, the VNAA made its long-anticipated announcement that its Affiliate Members supported changes to the VNAA by-laws with an ultimate goal of repositioning home-based care. The new bylaws allow for development of, and VNAA's affiliation with, a new organization to lead this critical industry. This is expected to be the topic on everyone's lips at this year's National Leadership Conference, co-sponsored with the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation.

KanTime Healthcare Software Announces Integration with OperaCare
KanTime software customers now have access to enhanced compliance tool to protect against claims denials and ZPIC interference.

Adirondack Health Partners with HRS, HIE on Telehealth Project
Health Recovery Solutions will provide its 4G-enabled tablet-based telehealth system in upstate New York.

 
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Perfect Storm Takes Aim at Florida
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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



    Under Pressure — OASIS Service Utilization Review

    Presented by Michael McGowan of OperaCare
    Thursday, April 6
    12:00 p.m. EDT
    Cost: $49
    Registration



    What You Need To Know About Electronic Visit Verification
    Presented by Darby Anderson, CDO, Addus HomeCare Corporation
    Sponsored by CellTrak
    Wednesday, April 12
    1:00 p.m. EDT
    Cost:  Complimentary
    Registration link
     


    Understanding the Effect Functional Scoring Has on Your Agency
    Presented by Chad Whitefield, PTA, Managing Partner of Advance Rehabilitation Management Group
    Thursday, April 13
    2:00 p.m. EST
    Cost:  $99
    Registration link 


    Navigating Pre-Claim Review

    The controversial Pre-Claim Review Demonstration has been delayed in FL and paused in IL. So what's next? We'll cover what we've learned, what you should be doing now, and what home health care agencies can expect next.

    Sponsored by Forcura
    Featuring: Nick Seabrook, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting; Craig Mandeville, Forcura; Kim Gaffey, MSN, RN, Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice
    Thursday, April 13
    2:00 pm EDT

    Registration Link


    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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