Volume 7, Number 41 June  6, 2018




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We are making one final invitation this week to ask you to participate in our survey about your Electronic Medical Record software before we close it. The questions focus on your implementation and training experience and should take you less than 10 minutes to complete. We will be able to bring readers a valuable, educational report as soon as we compile the results. We know that software training must be based on the principles of adult pedagogy but we are not sure that is always the case with home health, home care, and hospice software implementations. We are hoping you will take 10 minutes to enlighten us. Here is the link: survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ef8hx3kpjf1y442f/start

Has this ever happened to you?

"Hey, Jude, Rita just resigned so you are the new HIPAA Privacy Officer. You need to get certified as quickly as possible. Here's a book. Oh, and, by the way, this is in addition to your regular duties."

Apparently, this scene is not as uncommon as one might think. So much so that one HIPAA consultant organization we hold in high esteem has begun to offer classes that prepare participants to take the Certified Information Privacy Manager exam. My guess is that they are a fun group; they named the course "Privacy Officer Organizational Fundamentals" so they can refer to it as POOF. You can read more about it in this week's lead article, "Poof! Like Magic, You're A Certified Privacy Officer."

In other news: Our telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella has discovered a nationwide remote video service helping seniors who are addicted to opioids. Personally, I was shocked to learn that the numbers among the elderly are as high as among other age groups. There is a resource of 12 regional Telemedicine Resource Centers you can use and we have listed contact information for all of them. Be sure to read Audrey's report below, "Drug Addiction Among Elders: A Telehealth Solution."

Seattle-based NetMotion has announced the release of an interesting connectivity product that can keep your field staff more compliant with security regulations. There is much more to it than that but it is too complex to describe here so be sure to click on the headline below, "NetMotion Delivers Operational Intelligence Platform for Enterprise Mobility."

CMS made several announcements this week. We put them all into one article, cleverly titled "CMS News." It includes links to the next Home Health Open Door Forum, a list of cities and dates where CMS will conduct basic and intermediate training for Medicare participants, and a teaser of – and links to – a report about how hospitals are improving their efforts to make them less dangerous to patients.

I wish that were all the news this week. However, I have to take one more moment to bid a sad farewell to my friend Rich Chesney. Just before going to press, we heard that the founder and CEO of Healthcare Market Resources succumbed to a heart attack on May 24. His was a brilliant mind, with a deeper understand of the meaning behind regulatory and demographic events than most. He made this newsletter more valuable to its readers by sharing his wisdom with us over the years, usually in topics that, frankly, would have otherwise been over my head. A tremendous benefit to the entire home health industry, he will be greatly missed. Rich leaves behind a wife, two sons, and three grandchildren, plus thousands of grateful home health agency and hospice owners.

P.S. We have learned of a great Colorado non-profit looking for a full time RN to oversee the skilled and unskilled staff of a Medicaid Home and Community Based Services program. Great salary and benefits. Great place to live. View the complete job description here. Qualified candidates may contact "The Independence Center" HR office at 719-411-8181 ext. 118. Or they may send their resume and cover letter to hrresumes@the-ic.org

Have a great week. I hope to see you at "Post Acute 360" in DC, June 25-27. Keep making a difference!

 

 

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Tim Rowan



Poof! Like Magic, You're A Certified Privacy Officer
Privacy officers seeking to pass the IAPP test and achieve certification now have a CIPM-focused training opportunity to help them prepare.

Drug Addiction Among Elders: A Telehealth Solution
Opioid addiction. It's all over the national news but did you know that seniors are affected as much as younger people?

CMS News
— Free basic to advanced training programs announced for KC, NYC, Seattle, Atlanta, and Denver
— Home Health Open Door Forum, June 27
— Post-acute care not given credit but CMS reports that national efforts to improve patient safety showing continued progress.

RIP: Richard Chesney
Healthcare at home has lost a champion.

NetMotion Delivers Operational Intelligence Platform for Enterprise Mobility
Previously unused data on remote devices can now be tapped to enhance security and compliance, dynamically solve issues using real-time data and analytics.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
Some States Gravitating Toward Better EVV Models
Letter from EVV vendor urges late-adopting states to avoid the mistakes made by states with EVV already implemented.
 
OperaCare Releases Instructional Video
Hospitals use medical scribes in nearly every department. Home health is just now testing it, together with automated QA software. One early adopter claims it slashes QA time and costs by 50 percent.

As of this date, approximately 29,854,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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


NAHC Financial Managers Meeting

July 15-17
Austin, TX
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)


Medicare and Managed Care Reimbursement Necessities

Presented by HealthCare Synergy, Inc. and Illinois Homecare & Hospice Council

Featuring: Melinda Gaboury, COS-C
Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 8:30 am CDT
Location: Northern Illinois University

This is an In-person Workshop and Live Webinar

Information and Registration

(HealthCare Synergy clients, call for a special discount: 714-229-8700; ext 118 for Rangsey Ouk or ext. 137 for Edleen English.)

To maximize your reimbursement, you need to be well informed. Melinda Gaboury of Healthcare Provider Solutions, and a trusted consultant for HealthCare Synergy, will help you stay on top of constantly changing regulatory requirements so you can get paid.


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

 

Information for Providers and Exhibitors


NAHC 2018 Annual Meeting*National Association of Home Care and Hospice
October 7-9
Gaylord Texan
Grapevine, TX

Information and registration


TRANSFORMATIONS *
New York Association of Health Care Providers
Annual Management Conference and Exhibition


October 23-24
Uniondale, NY
Information and registration


The 8th Annual Medicare Compliance Cruise *

Presented by Pearson & Bernard, PSC

January 12-19, 2019
Departs from Ft. Lauderdale

Information and registration


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

Your state or national association meeting not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

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QAPI 101

Presented by HealthcarefirstHosted by ElevatingHOME & HHQI
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Free
Audience: Home Health Agencies
Register Here


ElevatingHOME and HHQI will review the 5 Standards that are required to be included into an agency’s QAPI program. They will discuss possible activities, tools, and resources for each standard, as well as infection prevention and patient safety.



 

Wound Care Basics: Acute and Chronic Wound Healing
Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Myra Varnado, BS, RN, CWOCN, Director of Clinical Services, Corstrata
Date: Thursday, October 9
Time: 2:00 pm EDT

Fee: $59
Register
*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing
Providing the best level of Wound Care for your patients is an expensive and daunting task.  Or is it?  To be an expert at Wound Care, you first must master the basics.  This education session will get your clinicians on the right path to improving outcomes for your Wound population.  Part 1 of a 4-part Series.


Public Policy Leadership Series

Presented by: ElevatingHOME

Featuring:

• Joy Cameron, Vice President, Policy and Innovation, ElevatingHOME and VNAA
• Bill Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
• Sarah Myers, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare

Schedule: Wednesdays, October 3 - November 7
Session 1: October 3
Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Fee: Free to ElevatingHome, VNAA, and Alliance for Home Health Quality Improvement members

Click here for complete schedule and registration




Hospitalization Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs)

Presented by HealthcareFirst
Hosted by ElevatingHOME & HHQI

Date: December 12
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Free

Information and registration

In this webinar, ElevatingHOME and HHQI will explore how to develop hospitalization avoidance Performance Improvement Project (PIP) for your Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. This will include data collection, goals, interventions, rapid-cycle testing, spread, and sustainment. They will review several key strategies to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and emergent visits.



PDGM is on the Horizon - What Now?

Presented by Netsmart

Featuring: Chris Attaya, President, Rapid Recovery Center; AJ Peterson,Netsmart VP of Interoperability

Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Fee: None

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To thrive in the regulatory climate today, it’s important to stay ahead of the changes and adjust your business model to face the challenges. That is why we invited Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) to share the latest updates from CMS and to review the components of the proposed Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) program.  
Using data from the SHP national database, Chris Attaya, vice president of product strategy, and Zeb Clayton, vice president of client services, will identify the expected winners and losers of the new model. They will share insights around the operational and clinical changes you need to consider to remain a vital organization. Teresa Craig, director of client strategy for Netsmart, will join the discussion to outline what you should expect from your EHR partner as you prepare for the new PDGM requirements.
Key Takeaways:
  • The latest updates from CMS and the components of the proposed PDGM model
  • Insights to help your agency prepare for a PDGM-like model
  • How to work with your EHR partner to prepare for new requirements


OASIS-D: Ensuring Consistency & Accuracy

Presented by Curaport
Featuring:
Melissa Abbott, RN, MSN, MHA, of 5 Star Consultants

Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $99 (per attendee)

Information & Registration

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

OASIS! Possibly the most spoken word, or acronym, in the Home Health industry. And just when you get to grips with the current version, the next set of changes arrive before you know it, this time in the form of OASIS-D. In this webinar, you will gain an understanding of the significant changes D brings to OASIS and how to ensure consistencies and accuracy within your agency.

 

*Curaport, LLC is an approved provider of Continuing Education by the California Board of Registered Nursing. All states accept this certification for their licensing requirements. No refund shall be given, except for any change in date or time of the webinar. In such case, a full refund shall be given to the registrant upon request.



Building a Successful, Data-Driven Quality Program

Presented by Brightree

Featuring: Rhonda Dornbos, RN, BSN, Chief Clinical Information Officer, DB HealthTech Consulting
Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: 1:00 pm CDT

Free Registration

The home care and hospice industry is increasingly competitive. The shift from “volume” to “value” means that agencies must increasingly focus on quality outcomes and prove their “worth” to customers and referral sources alike.  Agencies must have a robust quality program in place that identifies, tracks, and trends key metrics against agency goals.  Successful agencies not only have visibility into their current performance, but they continually modify and develop new strategies for improvement, while engaging their clinicians.



Using a Sales & Marketing Dashboard to Get Ahead of Your Competition

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Melanie Stover, OT, MBA, Homecare Sales

Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Fee: $59 (per attendee)

Information and registration

Webinar Overview
Driving patient admissions and revenue is the top priority for your sales team. Creating a system that quickly monitors production is key to keeping your agency on track for sustainable growth.

This webinar will provide your agency with 3 ways to use your dashboard to get ahead (and stay ahead!) of your competition.



Introduction to the CMS Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) Program

Presented by: ElevatingHome
Featuring:

  • Pallavi Talekar, Project Manager, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Ray Wilkerson, Sr. Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Nandini Ganguly, Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.
  • Briana Barnes, Project Coordinator, Scope Infotech, Inc.
Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Registration

 

Participants will gain understanding of the CMS-driven Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability program, focused on reducing provider burden by engaging health care providers and stakeholders in pilots that establish secure communication to share medical documentation by aligning with nationally recognized interoperable standards. This event is designed for providers and vendors who are willing to enhance their workflows and communication to achieve efficiency by reducing time and cost.

In this session participants will learn about interoperability and shift in the health care IT landscape, EMDI pilot program details, EMDI pilot program benefits, and how to partner with the EMDI to achieve interoperability.



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