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



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
sans.org/netsec



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


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
Click here for more information


HURRICANE Home Care Marketing Boot Camp 2.0 *
October 5-7
Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport
http://homecaremarketing.net/hurricanebootcamp/

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

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
https://www.homebasedcareevents.com/

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.
Email abstracts to lchoromanski@gillettechildrens.com

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


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


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


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

 

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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

Register Here


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

 

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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.


How to be the TOP DOG Sales Rep
Sponsored by PlaymakerCRM
Featuring Cheryl Peltekis, RN
December 14
2:00 EST
Register here


Grow Your Census with Online Marketing Tools

Sponsored by Shoshana Technologies

October 20
http://rosemarksystem.com



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.


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
FREE

Register here


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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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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How to Attract and Retain Health System Relationships

Presented by Netsmart
Ongoing
Free
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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
Registration link 


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 8: The IMPACT Act

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, May 23
1:00 p.m. EDT
$39

Information and registration

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



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