Volume 8, Number 29 May  8, 2019




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

First, a reminder. Click on "Listen" above for a podcast briefing on this week's headlines, brought to you courtesy of Kantime.

Mergers and acquisitions continue at record pace, both among post-acute care providers and the technology vendors that serve them. This week's chapter is about one of the largest software companies acquiring one of the largest consulting firms. See the details in "Netsmart Acquires Healthcare Advisory Firm McBee."

For years, we have been watching the tea leaves and predicting that market forces would change the way home telehealth companies operate. It is beginning to happen. After years of not being able to sell enough systems and services to home health and home care, telehealth vendors are giving up on us and turning their efforts to large hospital systems, ACOs, and even payers. This means you will be seeing patients and families saying, "No, thank you, I don't need home health after discharge. The hospital is sending their nurse to my house with a telehealth device."

We looked into this phenomenon and found a population health program originated by Philips. Though set to launch in July, they have some good from pilot programs in New York and Philadelphia. Don't miss our interview with Nikki Buchanan in "Philips Redefines Remote Patient Management."

In other news this week, Brightree has joined the Commonwell Health Alliance Network. This is an important trend. We will be paying close attention to the movement toward data interoperability for the rest of this year. It is a topic critical to both Medicare and non-medical in-home care providers.

We also have the call-in details and agenda items for next week's CMS Open Door Forum for Home Health and Hospice. We also are sure you know that this is National Nurses Week. I am taking the opportunity to remind you of the high esteem in which I hold nurses, so we have reprinted a brief history of the ANA in this week's issue. I always tell my audiences when I visit state and national association meetings and vendor user groups how appreciative I am of the home health and hospice nurses who took such great care of both of my parents, enabling both of them to spend their final days in the home they bought in 1951. So, happy National Nurses Week, and thank you all.

I look forward to seeing my Colorado readers next week in Beaver Creek at the annual meeting of the Home Care Association of Colorado. I'll be showing my system to help provider companies become more competitive by building their online reputation. Come to my booth and say hello.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Philips Redefines Remote Patient Management
As long predicted, at least one telehealth company has turned from home health and home care to hospitals and ACOs to keep sales revenue flowing.

Netsmart Acquires Healthcare Advisory Firm McBee
Netsmart expands service offerings with acquisition of healthcare advisory firm McBee.

A Brief History of National Nurses Week
Thanks to the ANA for giving us this history to share with our readers.

Brightree Announces Access to CommonWell Health Alliance Network
Brightree announced plans for its home health and hospice customers to gain access to more than 50,000 provider locations and health systems nationwide via the CommonWell Health Alliance.

CMS Open Door Forum May 15th
— Hospice, Home Health and DME Open Door Forum includes a lengthy agenda.
— CMS also announced the release of a new HHCCN form with no changes from the existing form.

 
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Award-Winning Private Duty Agency Joins Honor Care Network
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Hospice As The Hub: Acclivity's Vision for a New Care Model with AI
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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

National Healthcare CXO Summit

Presented by Marcus Evans Events


Date: May 19-21
Location: Eau Palm Beach Resort

Keynote Presenters: Susan Blumenthal, past US Assistant Surgeon General; Nicholas Webb, Healthcare Futurist

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The National Healthcare CXO Summit is the premium forum bringing senior level healthcare executives and solution providers together. As an invitation-only event, taking place behind closed doors, the Summit offers an intimate environment for a focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the healthcare industry.


NAHC Financial Managers Meeting *

July 14-16
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Chicago

Information and Registration


Senior Care 360: Strategy and Solutions Conference *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: July 31 - August 2
Location: Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD

Information and Registration


 

3rd Interoperability Forum

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) 

Date: August 21-22
Location: Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

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This event will bring people together from ONC, the healthcare industry, and the technology sector to:
  • Learn about recent efforts to advance interoperability nationwide
  • Identify concrete actions in response to current interoperability barriers
Attendees will hear keynotes from industry influencers, have the opportunity to view demos showcasing innovative solutions and participate in tracks focused on various aspects of interoperability. Co-led by industry leaders and supported by ONC experts, the tracks will provide an opportunity to discuss the latest issues and identify actions that can be taken to address key barriers to interoperability in a group setting.
Who: Health IT standards and technology community, including developers, policymakers, technology staff at provider organizations, and consumers.

SAGE/2019 *

Hosted by Honor

Date: September 10
Location
: Portofino Hotel & Marina, Redondo Beach, CA
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Information and Registration
(Rowan Report subscribers have been offered a 25% discount; use discount code "Rowan" when you register)

How we care for our aging population is one of the most daunting and important challenges we face as family members, as community builders, as leaders in our industry.
That’s why Honor is launching SAGE/2019, a day of inspiring keynotes, lively panel discussions, and intimate conversations on the most compelling topics in senior care and wellness. We’re bringing together thinkers and doers, innovators and entrepreneurs, academics and leaders in healthcare and home care.
You’ll meet creative thinkers who are shifting the narrative about aging, company founders who are driving change, and visionaries who are imagining what’s possible in the future. This is a unique opportunity to network with thought leaders, peers, and potential partners, to revolutionize how we think about aging, and, most importantly, to take action.

Home Health, Home Care, Hospice GROWTH SUMMIT *

Date: Sept. 17-19
Location: Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas

Information and Registration

Join renowned agency mentors Cheryl Peltekis and Melanie Stover for an owners' and executives' ONLY event focusing on how to survive and thrive in this rapidly changing environment. Cheryl and Melanie will break down exactly how to maximize your agency’s growth during this time of disruption in an easy to follow system you can use, over and over.

HCAOA 2019 Annual Leadership Conference *

Home Care Association of America

Date: September 22-23
Location: Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort

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*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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How to Satisfy the OIG's Requirements for Fraud and Abuse Compliance Training
Featuring: Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.
Date: Wednesday, August 7
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT
Available on demand after broadcast date.
Option to purchase CD & handouts
Information and Registration
 
The OIG requires that home care providers of all types must provide effective training on fraud and abuse compliance for employees early in their employment and on at least an annual basis thereafter. Let us help you satisfy these requirements by participating in this teleconference! Whether you are a home health agency, hospice, HME company or private duty agency, gather your staff members together for this teleconference to satisfy the OIG's requirements. 
Participants will learn about three major types of fraud and abuse: false claims, kickbacks, and violations of the Stark law. Practical examples in the home care industry will be emphasized with concrete guidance about what to do about possible violations. The teleconference will also focus on how employees should raise concerns about possible fraudulent conduct internally before they even consider going outside the company. 
 


Interoperability for Service Providers through CMS’s EMDI Initiative

Presented by: ElevatingHOME and VNAA

Featuring: Pallavi Talekar, Project Manager, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Ray Wilkerson, Sr. Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Nandini Ganguly, Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Kishan Patel Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Briana Barnes, Project Coordinator, Scope Infotech, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, July 30
Time:
12:00 pm EDT
Fee:
Free to ElevatingHome, VNAA, and Alliance for Home Health Quality Improvement members

Registration

Representatives from the EMDI Initiative team will discuss interoperability using health IT standards, including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Participants will learn about pilot opportunities with CMS to enhance provider workflow using three critical use cases. Participants will:
  • Gain knowledge of interoperability concepts and use of latest standards, including FHIR;
  • Gather information on three critical use cases in the post-acute care setting to reduce provider burden and enhance their interoperability footprint; and
  • Identify next steps for participation in an upcoming pilot opportunity with CMS.


Security Risk Assessment Tool Overview and User Feedback Session

Presented by: CMS

Date: Wednesday July 17

Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Fee: Free

ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights are holding a training session and overview of the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool. The tool is designed to assist small to medium providers in conducting an internal security risk assessment. This assessment will aid providers with their security risk analysis as required by the HIPAA Security Rule and the CMS EHR Incentive program. Following the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
 
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PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustments - What You Need to Know Now

Sponsored by eSolutions

Featuring: Karri Wright, Sr. Director, Product Management at Homecare Homebase

Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: 2:00 pm CDT
Fee: Free

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The webinar covers:

  • CMS assumptions and intended adjustments and their impact on:
    • Upcoding
    • Comorbidities
    • LUPA Avoidance
  • Considerations for HHAs
  • Evaluating your HHA data now to assess tomorrow based on today’s reality


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