Volume 7, Number 25 May  30, 2018



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Summer 18 begins with a full plate. Home Health is getting accustomed to new Conditions of Participation. Hospice is struggling with new payment rules. Private Duty home care continues to grow more competitive as it becomes eligible for Medicare Advantages payments. The EVV mandate is seven months away and some states have already implemented their chosen plan.

And it's an election year, with much at stake for all of healthcare as we wait to see whether the House, Senate and 39 Governorships will change parties in November.

Meanwhile, some change originates from within. Our lead story this week is about the acquisition of yet another home healthcare software vendor. As we reported in a breaking news bulletin Tuesday, ResMed is acquiring HEALTHCAREfirst. We also report on a push from some EVV vendors to advise states on better ways of implementing the EVV mandate. 

In a piece about one of our sponsors, OperaCare, we outline a radical change in the way some agencies are completing OASIS assessments, with substantial time and cost savings once they get the hang of it. We also have an announcement by ClearCare about a major new product release to help their private duty customers coordinate patient care with other entities.

Personally, I am looking forward to the Lincoln Healthcare Leadership Post Acute 360 Strategy and Solutions conference at National Harbor, Maryland, June 25-27. I hope to see you there.

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page for a complete listing of conferences and webinars we have heard about.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



ResMed Acquires HEALTHCAREfirst
Respiratory device company adds to its arsenal of subsidiaries that already included Brightree.

Some States Gravitating Toward Better EVV Models
Letter from EVV vendor urges late-adopting states to avoid the mistakes made by states with EVV already implemented.

OperaCare Releases Instructional Video
Hospitals use medical scribes in nearly every department. Home health is just now testing it, together with automated QA software. One early adopter claims it slashes QA time and costs by 50 percent.

ClearCare Releases "Home Connect API"
Private Duty home care software provider responds to new Medicare policy that opens customers to Medicare Advantage payments, launches technology to connect agencies to hospitals and health plans.

 
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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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


NAHC Financial Managers Meeting

July 15-17
Austin, TX
Information and Registration


HomeCareCon: Unleash Your Inner Super Hero

Home Care Association of Florida Annual Conference 2018

July 29-Aug. 1
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World

Information and Registration


Leading in a Changing World

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice 49th Annual Meeting
August 8-9
Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites Frisco Hotel & Convention Center
Frisco

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

 

Information for Providers and Exhibitors


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Patients' Right to Freedom of Choice of Providers: How to Avoid Lawsuits

 

Presented by Elizabeth Hogue, Esq.

 

Thursday, June 14 (Encore Date: 6/21)
Recording available 24/7 On Demand; option to purchase CD & handouts.
1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT

 

Register here

 

Conflict between hospitals and home health agencies, private duty agencies, hospices and HME companies that receive referrals from hospitals may be intensifying regarding patients' right to freedom of choice. Hospitals say that they comply with all requirements while some post-acute providers maintain the exact opposite. Now post-acute providers are suing hospitals for violations.
  • What exactly are hospitals supposed to do?
  • What do post-acute providers say are common violations?
  • What is an example of a recent lawsuit filed against hospitals for violations?
  • What can hospital discharge planners/case managers do to avoid these types of lawsuits?
  • How can providers help ensure that patients' rights are honored instead of filing court cases against hospitals?
Participate in this teleconference to learn the answers to all of these questions! Extensive handouts will be provided that will also serve as a resource when questions come up in the future.


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.


Chronic Disease Education: Becoming the Partner of Choice

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN

Date: Tuesday, July 17
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


Understanding Social Determinants to Improve Health Care

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Christina A. Nuqui, M.S.W., of Home Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Fee: $79 (per attendee)

Information and registration

This education session is pending approval for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Social Work from the National Association of Social Workers.

Addressing the Social Determinants of health will be the most important factor of health care reform. This webinar will discuss what Social Determinants are, and how they can help you better understand your patient. In addition, we will discuss how Social Determinants affect access to health services, Re-Hospitalizations, & Individual Behaviors.



Managed Care Insights and Strategies for Post-Acute Partners

Presented by: Netsmart/DeVero
Wednesday, July 11
2:00 p.m. Eastern
Registration

According to a recent MedPAC report, enrollment in managed care programs grew 8% from 2016 to 2017, accounting for nearly 32% of all Medicare beneficiaries, with enrollment projected to grow even higher in 2018. With the rapid growth in managed care plans, the organizations managing these contracts are looking to narrow their network of post-acute providers, creating smaller networks of high-value preferred partners.

To help post-acute providers develop effective managed care strategies, we invited Stacey Youcis, senior vice president of service lines and population health at Lancaster General Health to discuss what they look for in an ideal post-acute partner. AJ Peterson, vice president of interoperability at Netsmart, will join the conversation to discuss technology strategies post-acute providers should consider when positioning to their managed care partners.

Key Takeaways:

  • Insights from a managed care organization
    • Current state of managed care programs
    • Ideal characteristics of a post-acute partner
    • Future of managed care programs
  • Strategies to participate in managed care
    • Understanding risk
    • Technology solutions to facilitate participation
    • Integrating into the broader ecosystem of care


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