Volume 6, Number 35 July  26, 2017



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We at Home Care Technology Report join with our thousands of readers who are marking the passing of the first and only president of the National Association for Home Care, Val J. Halamandaris. Val's death truly signifies the end of an era, one of only two eras our healthcare niche has ever known. The first spanned from the birth of Medicare in 1965 to Val's founding of NAHC in 1982; the second from 1982 to Val's departure last week. No one since Lyndon Johnson has had as significant an impact on seniors in need of care. Looking forward, it is unlikely that any future era, including the one that begins now, will be defined by one man as the first two eras were.

Val J. Halamandaris

This is my hope, that this new era will be defined by not one but instead by many Healthcare at Home leaders, thinking and acting as one. Imagine the benefit to the frail elderly population, those who originally inspired Val, if all the men and women whose compassion and dedication have driven them to the top of their provider organizations, or their state and national associations, were able to come together and represent us to Congress, MedPAC, Managed Care Organizations, and the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services with a single, unified voice.

As one whose own Medicare card is not even wrinkled and dog-eared yet, I watch with great interest — and dismay — as rifts within the party currently in power in Washington keep them from making any improvements in the national healthcare system. Casting my gaze closer to home, I see similar rifts among our Healthcare at Home leaders. Like a prism, these rifts take one message — in-home care means better outcomes at lower costs — and diffuse it among multiple voices, each one a weak substitute for the whole.

Imagine the strength that would result if leaders of trade and advocacy associations for hospice, for-profit home health, not-for-profit home health, Medicaid-focused home health, non-medical home care, pediatric home care, and all who purport to speak to legislators and regulators for Healthcare at Home providers and their patients, would speak to each other.

Imagine them sitting down as equals, like knights at a round table. Maybe they would agree to check their egos at the door. To keep them focused on their lofty goal, the meeting room walls surrounding the round table would be covered with photos of octogenarians with multiple co-morbidities. Does there exist in our community a King Arthur type who could call such a meeting and then step away from power and submit himself or herself to the consensus of the knights? If not a king, is there an inspirational mediator who is respected by those who may not respect each other? Perhaps he or she will soon step forward.

Or perhaps I am asking too much. Possibly. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. And it is not in our nature to dream small, to accept the status quo as if it were immutable. It never is. I invite you to dream big with me. 3D, iMax, Technicolor dreams in full Dolby surround sound. There are 76 million Baby Boomers counting on all state and national associations to keep in-home care a viable, thriving sector of our complex national healthcare system so that it will be there when they need it. As one of them, I look forward to this third chapter and stand ready to help you shape it.

 

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Tim Rowan



 
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Home Health Emergency Preparedness CoP Requirements:
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Featuring Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA
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  • Overview of the emergency preparedness requirement
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In-Home Care: Combining Compassion and Technology
Home Care Association of Arizona
September 15
Phoenix Airport Marriott
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AHHC 2017 Leadership ConferenceAssociation for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
October 9-10
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Our Home Care Landscape: Big Challenges, Bigger Opportunities *
Annual Meeting of the Home Care Association of America
October 8-11
Austin, TX
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Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Conference
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Clinician Recruitment, Retention & Satisfaction: Does Technology Help or Hinder?

Sponsored by Brightree and Elevating Home
Featuring: Karri Harpole, RN, BSN, Brightree; Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, President & CEO, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care; Wendy Cofran, CIO, Century Health Systems, Inc.; Melissa Polly, MBA, Brightree Product Marketing (moderator)

Wednesday, July 26
1:00 pm EDT

Learn:

  • Best practices related to the use of technology and the best way to engage clinicians in a model that provides the most value the organization, including recruitment, retention and satisfaction; 
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    Increase Referrals, not Overhead- Streamlining the Intake Experience

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    International Guidelines for Home Health Nursing

    Presented by: International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)

    Wednesday, October 25
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    Contact person: Marilyn Harris marilyn@ihcno.org



    Home Health Conditions of Participation: Charting a Course for your Success

    Presented by: Kinnser Software

    This 5 part series begins

    Thursday, September 28
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    Strategic Use of Technology in Home Health and Hospice Organizations

    Presented by: Elevating Home and Brightree

    Thursday, October 12
    1:00 p.m. EDT

    Speakers include:

    • Melissa Polly, Brightree (Moderator)
    • Paul Pisano, CEO, Interim Healthcare - Hartford
    • Tarrah Lowry-Schreiner, CEO, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
    • Todd Montigney, Managing Director and Founding Member, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
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    The Homecare & Technology Podcast Series

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    ElevatingHOME and Curaport have teamed up for a series discussing technology and the future of home-based care. Hosted by Tripp Matthews of Curaport and Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD of ElevatingHOME, this five-part series features discussions with a new roundtable of industry leaders each week and dives into a range of topics focused on technology in home-based care. Download and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud. Episodes remain available after initial release. Topics:

    What do we know about technology in the business of home-based care?
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    Financial impacts of technology in home-based care
    OASIS in home health: The backbone of quality reporting
    Leadership: What's a leader to do?



    The Clinician's Role in CoP Compliance

    Presented by: SelectData

    Thursday, October 19
    1:30 p
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    Contact person: Lisa Engle services@selectdata.com



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