Volume 6, Number 39 May  31, 2017




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Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

It is with great pride that I begin this week's report by announcing the publication of my first book.

"Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Home Care Business" has been quietly in the works for a year. My co-author, Roger McManus, supplied the brilliant, experienced-based lessons for business owners and I adapted his concepts to specifically target the needs and concerns of Healthcare at Home businesses.

Entrepreneurial Insanity in Home Care

Arising from the experience the two of us have gained over a lifetime in business development (Roger) and half a lifetime in Healthcare at Home (Tim), "Entrepreneurial Insanity" is packed with insights that will have both Private Duty and Home Health agency owners nodding in recognition of their own journey. You will remember your own learning experiences (we try not to call them mistakes) and your successes to celebrate. New owners will finish the book knowing whether they have bought themselves a job or are legitimate entrepreneurs. The difference is striking and we lay it out step-by-step so that you can make mid-course corrections. You will be able to answer the question, "Why did I start this business?" Click on the book cover to order.

In This Week's News
We are keeping a close eye on a critically important trend. You should too as it will affect home health and hospice providers, private duty agencies and the entire tech vendor community, if it hasn't already. Last week's announcement of the merger between Kinnser Software and Mediware, itself acquired earlier this year by TPG Capital, was big news but it is only the tip of the iceberg. A quick search through our own archives reveals the rest of the story.

MatrixCare acquired AOD Software, which already owned Soneto (formerly Stratis Business Systems) a year and a half ago. PointClickCare has been appearing at state association meetings promoting its home health software system. Medical device manufacturer ResMed acquired Brightree, which had previously acquired CareAnyware. Optima Healthcare Solutions acquired HospiceSoft just last month.

What do all of these have in common? MatrixCare is the largest Long Term Care software company in North America, serving Continuing Care Retirement Communities on all levels. Its subsidiary AOD was already in the top five in the same category. PointClickCare is a large, Canadian Long Term Care software company. Brightree was the Home Medical Equipment software leader. ResMed makes sleep apnea and other devices for use in the hospital and the home. Optima Healthcare Solutions owns the therapy software market. The Mediware family of acquired software systems spans home infusion and specialty pharmacies as well as HME.

Why are tech vendors consolidating home health, hospice, private duty, Home Medical Equipment, Home IV, contract and outpatient therapy services, and skilled nursing facility software systems under one roof? The overall healthcare reform tidal wave, which includes but is not limited to the Affordable Care Act and its possible future legislative replacement, results from the knowledge that there is not enough money in the entire country to provide healthcare the way we have been. Healthcare silos are killing us and bankrupting us. Care coordination among care locales is not merely a nice idea but an absolutely necessity. These tech companies have figured out that their revenue stream and competitive advantage depends on their ability to serve healthcare providers that have reached the same conclusion.

This is not a movement to be ignored and, we predict, is not a movement that is finished yet. So we will keep and eye on it for you, starting this week with two parallel efforts that explain why this is happening. On June 1, MatrixCare unveiled "Care Community," a kind of private HIE with the power to share patient data from any EMR to any EMR. "Commonwell Health Alliance" was unveiled at HIMSS 2013 by McKesson, Cerner and Allscripts and two physician practice software developers and is now up to 60 members. We spoke with John Damgaard, CEO of MatrixCare, and with Nick Knowlton, VP of Business Development and Interoperability Coordinator for Brightree, the first post-acute Alliance member, who explained to us exactly how the Alliance was born.

Worth the trip
There is an important telehealth conference coming up at the end of June. TCBI, The Center for Business Innovation, is collaborating with a new, CME-accredited journal, Telehealth and Medicine Today, to organize the Technologies and Tactics Transforming Long-term Care Conference: Igniting Innovation and Best Practices Across the Long-term and Post-acute Care Continuum, to be held on June 30th in Washington, DC. Home Care Technology Report will be a publication sponsor. You can find more information and a registration form here.

Speaking of traveling, I hope to see HCTR readers at the upcoming Post Acute Link conference in Chicago, June 11-13. See their display ad below to register. I will also be putting in a speaking appearance for the Home Care Association of Florida in July in Orlando. Those details are in our "Notable Upcoming Conferences" section, below. While you are browsing, be sure to also peruse the adjacent column for online webinars we have found.

[This week's letter is long but there has been so much to tell you. As a reward for reading all the way down to the bottom, here is a coupon code that will get you $5 off when you order my new book at this link. KH54XYT9]

Have a great week. Keep making a difference.

 

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Tim Rowan



MatrixCare Unveils "Private HIE;" to Address Care Coordination
Proclaiming the goal of eventually providing care coordination services to all U.S. seniors, MatrixCare announced this week the release of "CareCommunity," a data interoperability system that can receive patient data from any Electronic Health Record and deliver it to any other.

Brightree Takes Leadership Role in Commonwell Alliance
FIrst home health and hospice software vendor joins interoperability club dominated by hospital and physician practice tech companies. Benefit to patients called 'tremendous.'

Transitional Care Under A Value-Based Purchasing System
Readiness to operate under Value-Based Purchasing is not a switch HHAs will flip on the deadline date, nor is it just a different payment system. Medicare consultant Michael McGowan asserts in a guest essay, VBP will demand an entirely different approach to patient care planning and participation in transitional care systems. His survey says most HHAs are not ready.

From Technology-Centric to Patient-Centric: Putting Interoperability in Context
To get started on the road toward sharing data with hospital and ACO partners, start with a solid definition and history of interoperability, such as this one by guest author Nick Knowlton.

Home Health Division of $5.4 Billion Health System Selects PlayMaker CRM
Based in Dallas, Texas, Evolution Health/Ascension at Home provides in-home care services to patients in eight states. The Envision Healthcare division looks to Playmaker CRM to help drive business growth.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Kinnser Merges into Mediware
Some say 'merger,' some say 'acquisition.' Whatever the case, this transaction is being backed by TPG Capital, one of the world's leading private equity platforms.
 
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.

As of this date, approximately 25,773,000 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

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:

Conference Title
Sponsoring Association
Date(s)
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State
URL

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


    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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