Volume 8, Number 25 June  19, 2019

Dear Healthcare At Home Colleague,

This week's issue is overflowing with news but you do not have to read all six articles. Pick the ones that impact your type of post-acute care services.

PRIVATE DUTY: Personal care providers will want to study our report on two independent researchers who came to the same conclusion in recently published papers. There is a direct link that can be identified between your staffing challenges and U.S. immigration policy. Considering the high percentage of foreign-born caregivers, both full-service care and respite for family caregivers may be negatively affected if there are fewer willing workers, usually women, seeking in-home care positions. Be sure to read "Research Papers Draw Line From Home Care Staffing to Immigration Policy" by clicking on the headline below.

Hireology is a staff recruitment and retention technology company that has just announced a partnership with private duty scheduling and EMR software vendor AxisCare. See "AxisCare Announces New Partner, New Client" below.

MEDICARE: Two urgent action items.

VENDOR NEWS: You will also want to read about the large new client signed by AxisCare, the release of Revenue Cycle Management services from Homecare Homebase, and the major national awards won by Brightree and Synzi.

WORTH THE TRIP: I hope to see you at Lincoln Health's "Senior Living 360" in National Harbor, MD, next month. Click on their banner below for details.

No more words from me this week. You have your homework assignments. Get started! But first, please remember to click on the messages from our sponsors. They make it possible for us to provide this information service at no charge to subscribers. If you know someone who would benefit from these weekly reports, please forward this email. Subscription information is at the bottom of the page

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan

Home Health Quality Reporting Program: Achieving a Full APU/Market Basket Increase
HHAs, register today for June 19 CMS webinar on Achieving a Full Annual Payment Update (APU)/Market Basket Increase.

CMS is proposing deep cuts to payments! Contact Congress Today to Protect Home Health!
National and state associations are urging every HHA to contact their legislators today. Stop assumption-based rate cuts!

Research Papers Draw Line from Home Care Staffing to Immigration Policy
University of Florida Professor Emeritus has researched the relationship between the healthcare staffing shortage crisis and U.S. immigration policy.

Brightree & Synzi Win MedTech Breakthrough Awards
The MedTech Breakthrough Award recognizes medical technology achievements in ten categories. In home care this year, Brightree's EMR and Synzi Patient Engagement platform won their categories.

Homecare Homebase launches new Revenue Cycle Management offering for customers
Homecare Homebase (HCHB) a provider of mobile home health and hospice software has announced a new Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) service at the company's annual Users Conference this week in Dallas.

AxisCare Announces New Partner, New Client
— Hireology to integrate at web services level to streamline recruiting and hiring
— Family Resource Home Care, a leading provider in the Pacific Northwest, has chosen AxisCare Home Care Software

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As of this date, approximately 34,012,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

NAHC Financial Managers Meeting *

July 14-16
Sheraton Grand Hotel

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

Register Online

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
: 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.

HCAOA 2019 Annual Leadership Conference *

Home Care Association of America

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


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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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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