Volume 6, Number 45 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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Annual Meeting of the Home Care Association of America
October 8-11
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April 25-26
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New England Home Care and Hospice 2018 Conference
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April 25-27
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May 7-9
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September 22-25
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
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Juggling the New CoPs and Other Applicable Laws

Sponsored by Kinnser Software
Featuring Robert W. Markette, Jr., Esq., CHC, of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.
Thursday, January 25
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Attend to Learn:

  • Why "legal representative" is a concept you should already be familiar with
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Improving CAHPS Response Rates: 2 Free Webinars

Sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirst
Featuring:
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Hospice CAHPS: Wednesday, May 2
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Home Health HHCAHPS: Thursday, May 10
2:00 pm EDT
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With greater visibility into quality through public reporting on Hospice Compare and Home Health Compare, hospice and home health providers have an even greater incentive for performance improvement. During each 45-minute webinar, we will discuss methods and activities that have been instrumental in improving CAHPS survey response rates, a key element of implementing a data-driven approach and improving your scores. To be discussed:

  • Hospice CAHPS Regulations
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Are You Marketing to the Wrong Person?
A Different Way to Get Home Health Referrals

Presented by Healthcare Synergy
Featuring: Melinda Rodriguez, PT, DPT, MSCS, LSVT
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. PST; 1:00 p.m. EST

In this Webinar, you will:
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  • Discuss the role of Home Health in the challenging healthcare environment – Short Term Home health.
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Increase Referrals, not Overhead- Streamlining the Intake Experience

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Good Ways to Break Bad News: Social Worker Edition

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Date: Tuesday, May 1 
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Fee: $79
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*This education session is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Social Workers.

 

 

 



Clinical Impact of OASIS-D

Presented by HEALTHCAREfirst

Featuring:

Deanna Loftus, HEALTHCAREfirst Director of Regulatory Compliance
Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA, Regulatory Consultant

Tuesday, May 1
2:00 pm EDT

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In March 2018, CMS released the draft of the latest version of the OASIS data set, OASIS-D. Modifications are being made to OASIS in order to comply with the IMPACT Act, to reduce data collection burden, and to improve formatting throughout the document. CMS is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a January 1, 2019 implementation date. Topics:

  • Addition of six new standardized items
  • The removal of 28 OASIS questions that will no longer be assessed.
  • Modification to M1311 to support a new standardized pressure ulcer measure.
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The Penalty Box Compliance Series
Part 7: Audit-Proof Your Visit Notes

Presented by Curaport

Featuring: Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, April 18
1:00 p.m. EDT
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Description: An auditor shows up on your doorstep and fear sets into your agency.  You have worked hard to be compliant, but you still have several days of anxiety until the auditor pronounces you have passed and are deficiency free!   Everyone celebrates.  The next day you receive 20 audits from CMS. Don't let this happen to you and your agency!  Learn from the compliance experts at OperaCare how to ensure compliance with the new CoP's. This education session in part 7 of the Penalty Box Compliance Series.

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What Does Behavioral Health Have to do With Home Health Outcomes?

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Thursday, February 22
2:00 p.m. Eastern
Learn why integrating behavioral health with chronic care management can improve star ratings.

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The Penalty Box Compliance Series Part 6: Audit-Proof Your Visit Notes

Presented by Curaport
Featuring Kristi Bajer, RN, MSN

Wednesday, March 21
1:00 p.m. EDT
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*This education session is approved for one (1) contact hour of Continuing Education for Nursing


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