Volume 6, Number 28 July  19, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Here we go again. Another major acquisition is to be announced this morning in the Healthcare at Home tech vendor sector. Netsmart, which had merged with Allscripts and acquired HealthMEDX last year, has closed a deal for an undisclosed amount to acquire DeVero. With this acquisition, Netsmart takes on DeVero's largest customer, Kindred. We were the first to receive the official press release and I spoke with Netsmart Executive VP Kevin Scalia late yesterday afternoon, where he had just met with DeVero's staff in their California headquarters. He told me nobody is moving to Netsmart's Kansas City offices or the legacy Allscripts location in Raleigh. The DeVero staff will continue to develop and support their clinical system as they have been in San Jose.

"What they do get out of becoming part of the Netsmart family," he told me, "is access to our development team to supplement and enhance their own. They will continue to sell and support their clinical system with Mike DelCollo's HAS system as its financial component as they have been. Over time we will also be able to offer customers the option to integrate it with our HealthMEDX platform which will be easy because they are both SaaS-based. Or, eventually, our Allscripts Homecare and Hospice software will be able to integrate with it as well."

In other news: Brightree has unveiled a new OASIS checking system, integrated with its home health EMR system. We also found a new clinical tool that may raise some eyebrows and draw some interest from clinicians who work with diabetes patients. A company that rose from the MIT technology incubator has completed a study of its foot ulcer early detection tool. The impressive results seem to indicate the tool can detect the formation of hot spots, which can lead to foot ulcers, five weeks earlier than conventional methods.

If only we could publish one entire report with good news. Last week, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services arrested 412 health care providers all across the nation. Most of them were physicians over-prescribing pain medications but quite a few were from our corner of the health care world as well. We scoured dozens of local newspaper reports to see what each was saying about the arrests in their own community.

Worth the trip
It was good to see so many HCTR readers this wee at the NAHC Financial Managers meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. Next I am on my way to the annual meeting of the Home Care Association of Florida, where I will be delivering my presentation on Technologies You Desperately Need, But Have Never Heard Of. If you can't make it to Orlando, I'll be giving the same talk for the Gulf States gathering on August 2 in Point Clear, Alabama. I hope to see you on the road somewhere.

One last personal note of thanks to you who went online and purchased the book I co-wrote with Roger McManus. "Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Home Care Business" offers essential instruction and inspiration for agency owners. It helps you sharpen your vision of why you became a business owner and define your goal, whether you want to eventually sell the business or retire with it. Click the book cover to order your own copy.

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Have a great week. Keep making a difference! And don't forget my $5 coupon (KH54XYT9) if you order my book here.

 

 

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Tim Rowan



Netsmart Acquires DeVero
San Jose-based software company has been providing clinical point-of-care software to all Gentiva locations, prior to and continuing after the Kindred acquisition.

Home Health Included in Latest Medicare Fraud Arrests
This year's Medicare fraud takedown netted 412 arrests from Miami to Los Angeles to Brooklyn. Home health was a small part but not absent from the joint DoJ and HHS effort mostly aimed at stopping physicians from over-prescribing pain medications.

Brightree Introduces Integrated OASIS Review Service
Addressing the number one cause of payment downgrades, Brightree has developed an OASIS review system integrated with its home health Electronic Medical Record.

Podimetrics Releases Powerful Diabetes Treatment Results
MIT-generated company's "SmartMat"™ detects impending foot ulcers five weeks earlier than existing clinical methods.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
21st Century CURES Act Supports, Requires Interoperability
The 21st Century CURES Act, passed and signed into law in December, 2016, is a far-reaching law that touches Healthcare at Home providers and their tech vendors in a number of places, including interoperability requirements and mandatory EVV.
 
Vendor Watch
— Optima Healthcare Solutions continues its rapid expansion with the appointment of a high-powered CIO.
— Complia Health acquired Suncoast Solutions one year ago and immediately invested in completing work on version 8 of the popular hospice software system. The long-awaited upgrade was released last month.

As of this date, approximately 26,312,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



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