Volume 4, Number 44 — May  6, 2015



Dear Home Care Colleague,

I picked up a great deal of useful insights at both the NHPCO leadership meeting and at the annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association last week. There are different concerns in both camps but both could be said to boil down to reimbursement, either keeping it or getting it. Hospice software developers are stepping up to make the clinician's and biller's jobs easier while keeping costs under control and updating for regulatory changes. Telehealth hardware and software companies are releasing product modifications that will make them attractive to consumers, while industry representatives still push Congress in the direction of more enlightened technology reimbursement policies.

On the software side, there is a lot of activity in hospice. One newcomer, to be known as Curantis, announced itself at the NHPCO meeting after two years of R&D. Veteran exhibitors such as HealthWyse, Homecare Homebase, Suncoast, Allscripts, Cerner, Mumms, and Consolo all clearly understand that the needs of hospice are changing. Office staff and management are being given better HIS recording and reporting tools. Clinicians are, or soon will be, benefiting from modern point-of-care systems designed to make assessments easier to chart and more accurate, and to get them home after a full day of visits without having to face a full evening of paperwork.

In telehealth, the trend we are seeing is to push beyond collecting vital signs toward incorporating complete patient histories, medication regimens, physician comments and social networking into the data that is presented to nurse case managers. There are new companies developing these capabilities and familiar companies building them into their traditional vital sign monitoring systems.

In this week's news: Procura/ContinuLink has named a new CEO. Staff writer Tamela Buhrke interviews a Chicago-area HHA owner who has gotten the message about healthcare reform and transformed his agency to ride the waves of change. The American Telemedicine Association is watching more reimbursement authorization bills than in any past Congressional session pass through committees on their way to floor votes.

At the same time, the ATA has affixed its imprimatur to a product from HealthLinkNow, Inc., a fully-integrated online network of psychiatrists and therapists providing mental health services across multiple states. Let me tell you why this is significant to home health and hospice. Nearly everyone I spoke with at the ATA meeting mentioned the growing, industry-wide recognition of the importance of treating depression among seniors with chronic conditions. It is top of mind and you will be hearing more and more about it.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, CMS commissioned Abt Associates to analyze the Medical Technical Reports the arose from data gathered over the last several years. The Hospice Action Network, however, commissioned Avalere to look at the Abt report and the data behind it with a critical eye. The Avalere conclusions, especially the reasons they differed from the Abt conclusions, coupled with their critique of Abt's processes and willingness to state opinions, bring insights important to all hospice owners, administrators and staff.

Have a great week! Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Medicare Technical Reports: What They Mean for Future Hospice Payment Changes
Data analysts at Avalere took a second look at a report on Medicare hospice data commissioned by CMS and written by Abt Associates. The report is supposed to help CMS develop changes to the hospice payment system but those changes would be quite different if CMS saw the data the way Avalere sees it rather than the way Abt does.

Agency Owner Prepares to Meet Healthcare Reform Head On
When the twin pressures from government and private payers to shrink reimbursement rates and increase claims denials make it too difficult for some home health and home care providers to survive, Peter Miska’s Chicago agency will still be standing, and thriving. At last month’s “Healthcare in Transition” seminar, he spoke with our Tamela Buhrke about the difficult operational and cultural changes that have strengthened his agency in an extremely competitive market.

Congress Floods the Halls with Telemedicine Proposals
At the annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association last week in Los Angeles, CEO Jonathan Linkous announced that the notion of payer reimbursement for remote patient services is gaining traction in Washington...finally.

HealthLinkNow Earns American Telemedicine Association’s Accreditation for Online Patient Consultations
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has awarded its second Accreditation for Online Patient Consultations to HealthLinkNow, Inc., a fully-integrated online network of psychiatrists and therapists providing mental health services across multiple states. In its first five months of operation, nearly 300 organizations have registered for the ATA program.

ContinuLink Names New CEO
Scott Overhill to remain with the company and return to CTO position. New chief was formerly with Microsystems, Inc., SpringCM, Fios, Inc., and Interwoven.

 
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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

Michigan Association for Home Care Annual ConferenceMay 13-15
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Registration Information


Southwest / Gulf Coast Regional Home Care & Hospice Conference & Exhibition

Multi-State Association Conference – Texas, Alabama, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Louisiana
June 2-4
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
tahch.org/education


Home Care Emergency Preparedness Conference

Maryland-National Capital Home Care Association
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 
Loyola Graduate Center - Room 210/230
8890 McGaw Road
Columbia
http://mncha.org/event-1916807


NAHC Financial Managers Meeting *

June 28-30
Gaylord Conference Center
Nashville
http://www.nahc.org/meetings-education/fm/15


Home Care: Providing Collaborative & Holistic Care

The International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)
July 8-10
University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing
www.nursing.uic.edu/events/ihcno-conference
Contact Tina Marrelli (news@marrelli.com) or Mary Narayan (mary.narayan@cox.net) for additional information.


Leadership Training Conference

Healthcare Financial Managers Association - Western Pennsylvania Chapter
July 23, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Rivers Casino
Pittsburgh
More Information or Register



46th Annual Meeting
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
August 11-13
Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa
Galveston
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Blueprint for OASISMichigan Association for Home Care
Workshop for field data collectors, their supervisors and those preparing for the COS-C Exam
September 2-3
homecaremi.org




SANS Network Security 2015GIAC Approved Training for Security Professionals
September 12-21,
Las Vegas
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2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show *

Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice
September 15-16
Hyatt Regency
Columbus
Conference Registration Site


Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association

Annual Meeting
September 17
Waterfront Pier 5 Hotel
Baltimore
http://mncha.org/Annual-Meeting-2015


ICD-10 TrainingTexas Association for Home Care & Hospice
September 22-23
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas
tahch.org


Community Care Conference
Executive Leadership Forum
Two Conferences in one from the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice
October 15
Bastrop, TX
http://www.tahch.org/TAHCH/Education_Central/Community_Care_Summit/CCConference.aspx
http://www.tahch.org/TAHCH/Education_Central/Executive_Leadership_Forum/Executive-Leadership-Intro.aspx


NAHC 2015 Annual Meeting*National Association of Home Care and Hospice
October 28-30
Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center
Nashville


Connected Health Symposium: The Internet of Healthy Things — Integrating Connected Health Into Real World Care DeliveryPartners HealthCare
October 28-30
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
Boston
Details and Registration (Registration closes 10/25)


Technology Symposium & Vendor Showcase *Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice
November 17
Columbus
Details and Registration


AgeTech Expo *Aging 2.0
November 19-20
San Francisco
Details and Registration


Home Care Sales & Marketing Society Executive Strategic Summit * Home Care Sales and Marketing Society
January 28-29
Holiday Inn Orlando – Downtown Disney
Lake Buena Vista
More information

Leading Change Together
Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual Meeting and Exposition
March 9-10
Lombard
Information and Registration


ITS' A Whole New Ballgame: 2017 Annual ConferenceMichigan Home Care & Hospice Association

May 3-5
Grand Traverse Resort
Acme, MI
Information and Registration


ICD-10 Coding Conference
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice

Featuring Lisa Selman-Holman
September 13-14
Westin Galleria
Houston

Receive up to 11 clock or contact hours.

http://tahch.org/tahchorg/education/icd10


Public Policy Leadership Conference
Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Wednesday, September 14 at 8:00 AM through Thursday, September 15 at 3:00 PM
Washington Court Hotel
Washington, DC

More information and registration

 


By the Numbers: ICD-10 Coding Conference
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
September 13-14
Westin Galleria Hotel
Houston


Information and registration



By the Numbers: ICD-10 Coding Conference

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
September 13-14
Westin Galleria Hotel
Houston

Information and registration


Home Care Sales and Marketing Society *
6th Annual Conference

Learn tactics and techniques for gaining more patients and clients. This year, two breakout tracks: "Field Sales Tactics" and "Internal Operational Excellence: Intake, Admissions and Inquiry."

October 6-7
Bally's Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas
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HURRICANE Home Care Marketing Boot Camp 2.0 *
October 5-7
Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport
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Annual Meeting *
National Association for Home Care and Hospice

October 23-25
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Orlando

Information and Registration


Pre-Claim Revue Implementation
Palmetto GBA and CGS Tours Texas in Partnership with TAHC&H

Multiple Locations:
October 11 – McAllen
October 13 – San Antonio
November 16 – Houston
November 17 – Dallas
Details for each conference


The Journey Forward
South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association Annual Conference
December 5-6
Hyatt Place + Hyatt House | Historic District
Charleston
www.schchaconferences.com

Pre-Claim Revue Seminars
Presented by QIRT
Seminars and webinars will be offered in the pilot states in advance of each state's pre-claim start date.

  • Florida seminars in September (PCR roll out date:October 1, 2016)
  • Texas seminars in November (PCR roll out date: December 1, 2016
  • Michigan and Massachusetts seminars in December (PCR roll out date: January 1, 2017)

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The 6th Annual Medicare Compliance Cruise *

Presented by Pearson & Bernard, PSC

January 15-22
Departs from Ft. Lauderdale
Information and registration


2017 Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit

Sponsoring Associations:

  • Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home
  • Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine
  • Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
  • Home Care Association of New Hampshire
  • Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey
  • Home Care Association of New York State
  • New York State Association of Health Care Providers
  • Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care
  • VNAs of Vermont

January 17-19, 2017
Colonnade Hotel
Boston

Information and Registration


OASIS-C2: The Next Steps

Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
Presented by Lisa Selman-Holman
January 19, 2017
Westin Riverwalk Hotel

San Antonio 
Details and registration


Homecare 100 *February 4-7
Ritz-Carlton
Amelia Island, FL
Registration is full. To be added to the waiting list, contact Miriam Adams at madams@lincolnhc.com

National Leadership Conference *
Sponsored by:
Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

April 19-21

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
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Omaha System International ConferenceA Key to Practice, Documentation and Information Management
April 20-22, 2017
Eagan, MN
Bi-annual conference offers opportunities to gain knowledge about using electronic health records across diverse settings, exchanging health information, and enabling data sharing among practice, education, and research. For additional information about the conference, the call for poster abstracts and award nominations, and to register, visit www.omahasystem.org/conferences.html.
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ATA Annual Meeting

American Telemedicine Association
April 23-25
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando

http://www.ata2017.org


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
 

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2017 Regulatory Updates, Including Home Health Conditions of Participation

Free Webinar Hosted by DeVero Software and Relias Learning
Featured Speakers: Michael Tidd, Healthcare Synergy; Robert Love, DeVero
Tuesday, March 21
2:00 pm EDT / 11:00 am PDT

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A New Approach for Home Health Face-to-Face:
Updated Info, Updated Insights

Sponsored by Kinnser Software
Featuring Arlene Maxim, RN
Thursday, April 20
1:00 pm EDT

Learn:

  • What CMS requires for "adequate documentation" under Face-to-Face
  • How to handle inadequate progress notes provided by the physician/in-patient facility
  • Exactly what to include on your checklist of items for the physician's packet

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How to be the TOP DOG Sales Rep
Sponsored by PlaymakerCRM
Featuring Cheryl Peltekis, RN
December 14
2:00 EST
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Grow Your Census with Online Marketing Tools

Sponsored by Shoshana Technologies

October 20
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Leveraging Technology on Your Path for A 5-Star Rating

Sponsored by Brightree
Featuring Diane Link, RN, MHA, Blacktree Healthcare Consulting; Michael Puskarich, CEO, Kenosha VNA; Wendy Cofran, CIO, Natick VNA; Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, CEO, Walpole Area VNA

April 13
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT

Learn:

  • The impact technology and process have on a 5-star rating
  • How to utilize dashboards to track and trend data that may impact outcomes
  • How to develop outcome scorecards, and how to use them during employee evaluations
  • How to utilize reports to identify educational opportunities

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Navigating the Final Rule for Medicare PPS for CY 2017
Sponsored by PPS Plus
Tuesday, November 15, 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST
Featuring Dave Macke, CHFP, FHFMA
Director of Reimbursement Services, VonLehman & Company
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Nursing Reference Center Plus Overview
Sponsored by VNAA
Date: Every Thursday through December 8
Time: 1:30 PM Eastern
Nurses use Nursing Reference Center Plus to get answers to questions, access care plans, watch video demonstrations, strengthen nursing skills, earn continuing education credits, access drug information and patient education.
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Why your claims are being denied:  Performing a self-assessment of your ZPIC, Pre-Claims, and VBP liabilities

Featuring Michael McGowan, CEO, OperaCare
Tuesday, January 17
2:00 p.m. EST
Cost:  $79
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2017 What You Need to Know about Electronic Visit Verification

EVV offers many benefits to agencies and care providers, and choosing the right solution can lead to improved operating efficiency, caregiver communication, quality of care, and client satisfaction.

Wednesday, March 15
11:00 am MST - 12:15 pm MST

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Navigating Alternative Payment Models

Presented by Mark Sharp and Raymond Belles of BKD
Tuesday, March 28
2:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: $79
Registration

 


Under Pressure — OASIS Service Utilization Review

Presented by Michael McGowan of OperaCare
Thursday, April 6
12:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: $49
Registration



What You Need To Know About Electronic Visit Verification
Presented by Darby Anderson, CDO, Addus HomeCare Corporation
Sponsored by CellTrak
Wednesday, April 12
1:00 p.m. EDT
Cost:  Complimentary
Registration link
 


Understanding the Effect Functional Scoring Has on Your Agency
Presented by Chad Whitefield, PTA, Managing Partner of Advance Rehabilitation Management Group
Thursday, April 13
2:00 p.m. EST
Cost:  $99
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Navigating Pre-Claim Review

The controversial Pre-Claim Review Demonstration has been delayed in FL and paused in IL. So what's next? We'll cover what we've learned, what you should be doing now, and what home health care agencies can expect next.

Sponsored by Forcura
Featuring: Nick Seabrook, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting; Craig Mandeville, Forcura; Kim Gaffey, MSN, RN, Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice
Thursday, April 13
2:00 pm EDT

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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 
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