Volume 6, Number 39 May  24, 2017




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Two thank-you's to start this week. We received many comments with praise for our new web site. Glad you like it. Second, thanks to Thornberry Ltd's Tom and Linda Peth and their entire team for their hospitality this week at their 20th NDoc User Conference. I was invited to speak to them about technology and the state of the industry and got to stay for the dining and dancing to celebrate their 25th year in business and their impressive fourth consecutive First in Klas award.

In this week's news
Another acquisition: The consolidation that has been producing a steady stream of news about acquisitions in the Healthcare at Home provider community bled over into the tech vendor community again this week. Our lead story details the acquisition of Hospicesoft by Optima Health Solutions, including an interview with CEO Josh Pickus. If either vendor name is new to you, remember to use our search tool on our new home page to see what we have written about them in the past.

Hospice changes: We also bring to your attention a proposal by CMS to update wage and hour policies for hospices. The CMS publication announcing this update is worth reading, so we reprint it for you in its entirety.

Free online tool: Everybody appreciates a gift. Be sure to click on the link in this week's story about OperaCare. The New Mexico-based OASIS accuracy support software developer is offering a free tool. They tell us it will help providers compare themselves to competitors in their area with regard to their relative attractiveness to Value Based Purchasing partners. It also calculates a certified HHAs risk of audit review.

In other announcementsDeyta Analytics, a HEALTHCAREfirst company, has named its 2017 Hospice Honors recipients. And Alora Healthcare Systems has released a new mobile system.

Next week: We delve into a trend we've been watching that you are likely to have noticed as well. Acquisitions are bringing together software systems from all post-acute sectors. We will take a look at Skilled Nursing Facility software vendors who are moving into home health and hospice. With the growing recognition of the importance of care coordination, we will pay special attention to the work being done by MatrixCare, which last year acquired AOD, the SNF software vendor that had itself previously acquired home care software vendor Soneto. The combination puts them in a unique position to help providers keep patients from falling through the cracks between care locales.

Worth the trip: Post-Acute Link is coming up in a couple of weeks in Chicago. Click on the Lincoln Health display at at the bottom of this page for more information. I hope to see you there.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!



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Tim Rowan



Optima Healthcare Solutions Acquires Hospicesoft; Begins to Integrate Products
After making a splash at state and national association meetings last fall with its expansion from physical therapy into home health software, both developed in-house, Optima Health now expands into hospice by acquiring Utah-based software developer.

CMS Proposes Hospice Wage & Hour Policy Update
Proposed changes to life expectancy certification, CAHPS, HIS, HEART reporting tool. Comment period open until June 26.

OperaCare Releases Free VBP and Revenue Integrity Toolkit
Home health agencies are now able to identify their level of attractiveness as a VBP partner and connect their cost of care with risk of audit review.

Deyta Analytics Announces 2017 Hospice Honors Recipients
Acquired by HEALTHCAREfirst in 2015, Deyta LLC recognizes hospices based on caregiver feedback.

Alora Healthcare Systems Unveils Mobile System
New release brings full, HIPAA-compliant system to medical and non-medical mobile workers.

 
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Many ED visits could be avoided if an on-call physician could see and talk with a patient remotely. Now, with the assistance of a home health nurse and a two-way video communication system, those visits can be avoided.
 
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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

Home Health Emergency Preparedness CoP Requirements:
Getting Your Agency Ready

Featuring Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA
Free, sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirstSeptember 13

1:00 pm Central Time
Omni Austin Hotel Southpark

Details and registration

http://www.healthcarefirst.com/webinars/

  • Overview of the emergency preparedness requirement
  • What surveyors will be looking for
  • Steps home health agencies should take to prepare

Our Home Care Landscape: Big Challenges, Bigger Opportunities *
Annual Meeting of the Home Care Association of America
October 8-11
Austin, TX
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
 

HCSSA Administrator Program
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
November 13-15
Westin Galleria
Houston
tahch.org

*HCTR will see you there.
Connected Health: RPM and Telehealth Summit
6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Conference
January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
Information and Registration

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

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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



    Increase Referrals, not Overhead- Streamlining the Intake Experience

    A streamlined, efficient intake process creates a better patient experience and improves referral relationships. During this webinar, industry experts will share their quick tips and best practices for improving your intake process and managing your organization's revenue cycle.

    Sponsored by Forcura
    Featuring: Craig Mandeville, Founder & CEO of Forcura Jessica Stover, Senior Manager of Blacktree Healthcare Consulting
    Tuesday, Oct 3
    2:00 pm EDT

    Registration


    QAPI Overview

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


    International Guidelines for Home Health Nursing

    Presented by: International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)

    Wednesday, October 25
    11
    :00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Registration

    www.ihcno.org/Registration

    Contact person: Marilyn Harris marilyn@ihcno.org



     

    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



    Home Health Conditions of Participation: Charting a Course for your Success

    Presented by: Kinnser Software

    This 5 part series begins

    Thursday, September 28
    11
    :00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Registration

    Contact person: Chip Schneider chip.schneider@kinnser.com




    Strategic Use of Technology in Home Health and Hospice Organizations

    Presented by: Elevating Home and Brightree

    Thursday, October 12
    1:00 p.m. EDT

    Speakers include:

    • Melissa Polly, Brightree (Moderator)
    • Paul Pisano, CEO, Interim Healthcare - Hartford
    • Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, CEO, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
    • Todd Montigney, Managing Director and Founding Member, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
    • Nick Knowlton, CommonWell Alliance and Brightree

    Registration



    The Homecare & Technology Podcast Series

    Presented by ElevatingHOME and Curaport

    ElevatingHOME and Curaport have teamed up for a series discussing technology and the future of home-based care. Hosted by Tripp Matthews of Curaport and Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD of ElevatingHOME, this five-part series features discussions with a new roundtable of industry leaders each week and dives into a range of topics focused on technology in home-based care. Download and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud. Episodes remain available after initial release. Topics:

    What do we know about technology in the business of home-based care?
    The impact of technology on home health policy and regulatory issues.
    Financial impacts of technology in home-based care
    OASIS in home health: The backbone of quality reporting
    Leadership: What's a leader to do?



    The Clinician's Role in CoP Compliance

    Presented by: SelectData

    Thursday, October 19
    1:30 p
    .m. EDT
    Registration


    Contact person: Lisa Engle services@selectdata.com



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