Volume 6, Number 45 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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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
The 21st Century Housecall
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.
 
Checkbox Charting May Lead Directly to a ZPIC Investigation
Guest author and longtime Medicare appeals consultant Michael McGowan warns that CMS will increase its fraud/waste/abuse containment efforts by resurrecting long-dormant rules. Among them: the rule against lazy charting.

As of this date, approximately 25,696,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



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

2018 Annual Conference

AHHC of North Carolina

May 7-9
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

Register


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
Information and Registration


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

Information and Registration

(Early Bird Pricing Ends May 15)


Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Academy

Presented by: The Health Group, LLC

Date: September 17-18
Location: Mirage Las Vegas

Information and registration


2018 National Leadership Conference *

Home Care Association of America

Date:
September 22-25
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington DC

 

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Juggling the New CoPs and Other Applicable Laws

Sponsored by Kinnser Software
Featuring Robert W. Markette, Jr., Esq., CHC, of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
Thursday, January 25
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Attend to Learn:

  • Why "legal representative" is a concept you should already be familiar with
  • What compliance with the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act may mean for the new CoPs
  • Why you must be more aware of harassment issues and prepared to take action
  • How harassment issues affect your discharge policies

Free: Register here



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

Free Registration

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.


Are You Marketing to the Wrong Person?
A Different Way to Get Home Health Referrals

Presented by Healthcare Synergy
Featuring: Melinda Rodriguez, PT, DPT, MSCS, LSVT
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. PST; 1:00 p.m. EST

In this Webinar, you will:
  • Learn another way to market inpatient facilities other than discharge planners, case managers or social workers.
  • Discuss the role of Home Health in the challenging healthcare environment – Short Term Home health.
  • Describe the Continuum of Care Concept in the post acute care network
  • Identify strategies to reduce risk of acute care readmission.
  • Discuss options for discharge disposition for potential skilled nursing facility candidates to decrease SNF discharge rate for inpatient rehab units.

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How to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Presented by Netsmart
Ongoing
Free
Watch now

 


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


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)
Information & Registration

*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing

 



Clinical Impact of OASIS-D

Presented by HEALTHCAREfirst

Featuring:

Deanna Loftus, HEALTHCAREfirst Director of Regulatory Compliance
Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, Regulatory Consultant

Tuesday, May 1
2:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

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

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Diane Link, RN, MHA

Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Fee: $79 (per attendee)

Information and registration

This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing


What Does Behavioral Health Have to do With Home Health Outcomes?

Presented by: Netsmart/DeVero
Featuring: Katherine J. Vanderhorst ,RN-BC,BSN and Dr. Amy Craven

Thursday, February 22
2:00 p.m. Eastern
Learn why integrating behavioral health with chronic care management can improve star ratings.

Many home health patients have co-existing Chronic Behavioral Health problems that are not dealt with. If not addressed, problems like anxiety and depression leave patients unable to self-manage diabetes, congestive heart failure, CHF, COPD and other serious medical conditions. This presentation will show why recognizing and managing behavioral health diagnoses and can have a positive outcome on your agency’s STAR ratings. Presented by Katherine J. Vanderhorst ,RN-BC,BSN and Dr. Amy Craven.

Registration



The Penalty Box Compliance Series Part 6: Audit-Proof Your Visit Notes

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, March 21
1:00 p.m. EDT
$39

Information and registration

*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing


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