Volume 8, Number 29 — May  22, 2019




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Be sure to click on the "Listen" button above to hear my summary of this week's news items. This service is brought to you by our friends at Kantime.

Are you ready for a little Cash? How about Sinatra? Presley? We learned amazing statistics last week about the power of music in dementia and COPD care. Not having patients listen to music, mind you, but sing it. Senior staff writer Darcey Trescone spent some time with our old friend Rachel Francine who, with her music therapist partner, Andrew Tubman, founded a company called Musical Health Technologies and developed a product, Singfit, to enable caregivers who are not music therapists to deliver the benefits of singing to their patients. We first introduced you to SingFit four years ago (SingFit Wins CES Innovation Award, 1/7/15) and have been impressed with their progress since then. Medicare and non-medical providers alike will get some new therapy ideas from Darcey's interview.

The rest of this week's issue is all Medicare and CMS-focused. There is a lot going on as software vendors prepare to help their provider clients through the January, 2020 regulatory changes. Darcey conducted this week's inside interview with Casamba, owner of the software once known as HealthWyse, and Thornberry, Ltd., with its six-time "Best in KLAS" nDoc software. As we make our way through interviews with as many vendors as we can between now and January, we are beginning to see they are all working diligently to make sure their software supports PDGM. Of course, they can't do it all. You have a lot of process changes to make. We will do our best to bring interviews with experts to help with that as well.

This next article came as quite a surprise. CMS has taken steps to bring RAC auditors under control. Guest author Elizabeth Hogue, esq., explains what CMS administrator Seema Verma is trying to accomplish by inserting rules that should stop some of the abuses plaguing many Medicare providers.

Lastly, providers in Illinois are well aware that Pre-Claim Reviews are coming back, though under a different name. If this revamped (of course, that means "repaired") version is successful, CMS will continue its original plan to extend it to additional states. That means our announcement from eSolutions about software they have developed to help Illinois Home Health providers with the new "Review Choice" demonstration should be of interest to everyone.

Worth the trip
It was good meeting so many readers in New York and Colorado this month at their respective association meetings. Remember that we are always open to receiving news tips and article submissions. Following recent reader comments, we will be looking closely at data interoperability and state-by-state EVV issues in coming editions. Thank you for subscribing, and don't forget to click on our sponsors' graphics. They make this free service possible.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Music as Medicine to Improve Patient Outcomes
Singfit is using music as medicine to address the needs of dementia and COPD patient's in home care.

CMS Reins in RAC Abuses
Guest author Elizabeth Hogue, esq. describes major limitations to Recovery Audit Contractor powers, imposed after numerous provider complaints about RAC overreaching.

PDGM Vendor Perspectives and Preparations
Casamba and Thornberry discuss their PDGM perspectives and preparations.

eSolutions Launches Product to Help with Review Choice Demonstration
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for Home Health Services will begin June 1, 2019, in Illinois. To assist home health providers with the pre-claim review and post-payment review requirements, eSolutions has launched its Review Choice Demonstration tool.

 
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NAHC Financial Managers Meeting *

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Date: July 31 - August 2
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This event will bring people together from ONC, the healthcare industry, and the technology sector to:
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How to Satisfy the OIG's Requirements for Fraud and Abuse Compliance Training
Featuring: Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.
Date: Wednesday, August 7
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT
Available on demand after broadcast date.
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The OIG requires that home care providers of all types must provide effective training on fraud and abuse compliance for employees early in their employment and on at least an annual basis thereafter. Let us help you satisfy these requirements by participating in this teleconference! Whether you are a home health agency, hospice, HME company or private duty agency, gather your staff members together for this teleconference to satisfy the OIG's requirements. 
Participants will learn about three major types of fraud and abuse: false claims, kickbacks, and violations of the Stark law. Practical examples in the home care industry will be emphasized with concrete guidance about what to do about possible violations. The teleconference will also focus on how employees should raise concerns about possible fraudulent conduct internally before they even consider going outside the company. 
 


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
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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:
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  • Gather information on three critical use cases in the post-acute care setting to reduce provider burden and enhance their interoperability footprint; and
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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.
 
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PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustments - What You Need to Know Now

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

Date: Thursday, August 29
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The webinar covers:

  • CMS assumptions and intended adjustments and their impact on:
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