Volume 8, Number 29 July  10, 2019




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Technology has never commanded as critical a role in healthcare as it does today. Over the years, The Rowan Report has addressed electronic health records, home telehealth systems, and hardware devices from desktop PCs to smartphones. Today, with the move by all types of payers toward a unified post-acute care assessment system, unified claims system, value-based payments, and reimbursements for care coordination activities, every in-home care provider – from patient pay to Medicaid to Managed Care contractors to Medicare home health providers – will be impacted positively or negatively by their own data interoperability skills.

We have been on a campaign to explore that impact and help our readers prepare. This week, we feature an extensive interview with the CEO of Acclivity, a technology company focused on interoperability. Next week, we will devote the same space to a recap of our chat with Brightree's Nick Knowlton, a member of the board of directors of the Commonwell Health Alliance.

According to Acclivity CEO Jeremy Powell, the ability to provide other caregivers with a complete patient history, missing no relevant events and no medications, is what will determine which post-acute providers hospitals and physicians will be willing to deal with. In other words, it is about survival.

Not a miracle, but close

We found a new treatment for persons with a variety of injuries that interfere with mobility. If we hadn't heard the personal stories of people who have benefited from it, we would have been inclined not to believe it. People formerly paralyzed are walking. People unable to speak are regaining that function. People with fractured neural networks are actually training their brains to build new pathways around the damage. If you are a physical therapist or if you work with one, you need to know about an innovation coming out of Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. It is like nothing you have seen before; it is portable; and it is affordable.

Is your online presence visible?

Lastly this week, we feature an article by our in-house online marketing expert, Roger McManus. In "The Consequences of Dirty Data," McManus explains to private duty agency owners why that stereotypical adult daughter who lives 1,000 miles away decides to call your competitor instead of you after she searches for a home care agency for her mom...and what you can do about it.

Worth the trip

I look forward to seeing you at the NAHC Financial Managers meeting in Chicago next week. Staff writer Darcey Trescone will be there as well, delivering a presentation on "Optimization of Technology." At the end of the month, and overlapping into August, I will look for you at Lincoln Health's "Senior Care 360" a the Gaylord in National Harbor, Maryland.

One more: we have been granted a $100 discount to share with our readers who would like to attend the first SAGE conference, sponsored by Honor. The company says the September 10 gathering in Los Angeles was founded to develop innovative solutions for better aging. See our conference notices, below, for details and a link to registration.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Interoperability is More Than Sharing A Little Patient Data
Experts are certain, either get on the Interoperability train or be left at the station.
(P.S. There are no patients at the station.)

Product Review: Innovative Therapy Technology Gets Wounded Warriors Walking Again
Gamified physical therapy system engages patients, overcomes obstacles once believed insurmountable.

The Consequences of Dirty Data
When an elderly person's adult daughter searches for home care services from 1,000 miles away, will they find you or your competitor? Follow these instructions to increase your odds.

 
When you click on these ads,
you make sure HCTR continues to come to you for free.



























During the 2nd Quarter of 2019, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 2157 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:

Kristin@rowanresources.com

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
New CMS Payment Models Pave Way for Better Primary Care
Acclivity Health's CEO weighs in on industry-changing "Primary Care First" model. Post-acute providers, especially their sales personnel, must understand how new CMS program impacts referrers.
 
U.S. Supreme Court Says CMS Must Provide Notice of Important Changes to Requirements
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision that requires CMS to provide notices and comment periods in formal rulemaking processes when establishing or changing "substantive legal standards."

As of this date, approximately 34,243,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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

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
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

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:

Conference Title
Sponsoring Association
Date(s)
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State
URL

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.
 
Register


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

REGISTER NOW

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


Webinar hosts, send your announcements to: Conferences@RowanResources.com

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