Volume 6, Number 23 May  3, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

It was a pleasure to meet so many subscribers at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Management and Leadership Conference this week in Washington DC. We learned a lot from the plenary sessions and the breakouts, even more from impromptu conversations with agency owners and administrators. We were inspired to include more news and analysis for hospice providers in these pages in the future.

NHPCO puts on an excellent, well-attended conference. With just over 6,000 hospices in the U.S., this conference was packed with nearly 1,000 attendees. They were treated to an inspiring re-imagining of the organization's mission by new president Edo Banach, a thoughtful but lighthearted examination of the current political climate by Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, and an opportunity to pepper New York Congressman Tom Reed with questions and comments about his role in the attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Put next year's MLC on your 2018 calendar: the Washington Hilton, April 21-25. The NHPCO Interdisciplinary Conference is also coming up on September 16-20 in San Diego.

This week, we return to our study of various aspects of regulatory compliance, featuring a guest article by Michael McGowan on the dangers of checkbox charting.

Until Thursday's events in the House of Representatives, compliance would have been our entire focus this week. However, the effects on our healthcare sector of the American Health Care Act would be so significant if it were to become law, we decided to take a close look at it. But it wasn't available to read until late Wednesday night. So instead we decided to rely on the next best thing, analysis by other experts. We located the published comments by the AMA, ANA, AARP, NAHC, VNAA and a smattering of other national organizations, pulling them all together in one place for you.

We would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. After you have had a chance to study it, write to us and share your opinion about its impact on in-home based care. We will print the most insightful comments.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



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.

Survey of Professional Responses to House Approval of AHCA
NAHC, the VNAA, the AMA, the AARP, and others have all already published their opinions about the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act. We pulled together as many of their statements as we could find.

Ankota® and FHS Partner to Deliver Integrated Home Care Management Plaform
Strategic partnership aims to streamline agency management, billing and revenue cycle processes, improve operational efficiencies.

 
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New National Association Launched for Home-Based Care Providers
Following two years of planning, the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurses Associations of America and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation unveiled a new association, Elevating Home, to serve the needs of not-for-profit and for-profit providers of home-base care, including home health, hospice, and palliative care providers, in all 50 states. The Council of State Associations will also be a founding member.

As of this date, approximately 25,465,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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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Hospice Proposed Rule FY2018

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Katie Wehri, CHPC, Healthcare Provider Solutions
Tuesday, June 6
2:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: $89
Registration


QAPI Overview

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


Understanding the Effect Functional Scoring Has on Your Agency

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Chad Whitefield, PTA, Managing Partner of Advance Rehabilitation Management Group
Monday, June 12
2:00 p.m. EDT 
Cost: $59 
Registration


The Trump Effect: How the New Administration is Impacting Homecare

Presented by Curaport

Featuring Angelo Spinola, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC
Thursday, June 29
11:00 a.m. EDT 
Cost: $99 
Registration



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