Volume 7, Number 46 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


Download agenda

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


NAHC 2019 Annual Meeting*National Association of Home Care and Hospice

October 7-9
Gaylord Texan
Grapevine, TX
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


17th Annual Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit: Playing to Win!

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

Date: January 22-24, 2019
Location: Colonnade Hotel, Boston

Information and Registration

In addition to the pre-conference and full Summit program, There will be a bonus Home Care & Hospice Special Medical Directors Meeting that coincides with the conference on January 23 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Details.


PDGM National Summit in the Rockies *

Home Care Association of Colorado & NAHC


Date:
February 13, 2019
Location:
Hyatt Regency Aurora/Denver Conference Center
Fee Schedule:

Early bird – ends 11:59 p.m. MST Friday, January 11
Member $249, Non-Member $449

Regular Price  - ends 11:59 p.m. MST Sunday, February 10
Member $299, Non-Member $499 

Onsite – February 13 
Member $349, Non-Member $549

*Member rates apply to members of: Home Care Association of Colorado, National Association of Home Care & Hospice and participating state home care associations. 

Register now!

The Home Care Association of Colorado and the National Association of Home Care, together with state home-care associations in the region, will host a one-day conference Feb. 13 on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Patient Directed Groupings Model. PDGM's adoption will bring significant change to home health care. This one-day regional conference on PDGM allows providers to hear from national experts on the new model, with significant time allocated to Q&A. Click here to view the schedule.



Information for Providers and Exhibitors


National 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

Registration Information


*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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Home Health Regulatory Update: Final Rule CY2019/CY2020 Payment & Policy Changes

Hosted by Healthcarefirst

Date:
Tuesday, December 11
Time: 2:00 pm EST
Audience: Home Health Agencies
Fee:
Free


Register Here

Please join HEALTHCAREfirst for a discussion of the final rule and how it may impact your agency. Topics include:
  • Payment rates, rural changes/FIPS
  • Elimination of the recertification estimate
  • HHVBP/HHQRP updates
  • Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) including OASIS-D2 and no RAP payment for newly certified agencies
  • Patient monitoring and home infusion therapy updates


 

The 2019 Home Health Final Rule: Preparing for change
Your PDGM Questions Answered

Presented by WellSky

Featuring: Executive Management Consultant Sharon S. Harder and Home Health Clinical Expert Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O
Date: Download on demand
Fee: FREE

Download now

Get answers to questions about the 2019 final rule and PDGM:

  • How to calculate case-mix
  • How to qualify for a rural rate
  • What does the term "budget neutral" mean
  • How will your agency be reimbursed for therapy under PDGM
  • How will LUPAs be calculated under PDGM


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.



Dementia Webinar Series

Presented by Home Care Association of America

Featuring: Dr. Deborah Bier, PhD

Date: Thursday, January 17
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Fee: None

Register
Dr. Bier will discuss how to create dementia behavior handling success within home care. In addition, this presentation will include ten “secrets” few in home care understand about dementia and behavior handling. Part 2 of the series is set for January 24.


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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