Volume 8, Number 29 July  31, 2019



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

One of things public and private payers are trying to get post-acute care providers to do is coordinate patient care with other healthcare providers. Government officials and independent healthcare consultants have determined that assigning case managers to coordinate care as patients move from venue to venue has the twin benefit of improving patient outcomes, avoiding medical errors, and controlling costs.

We at The Rowan Report have heard of efforts around the country to create care coordination programs, going back as far as our 2011 coverage of the Community Health Initiative Network in Las Vegas. Rarely, however, have we seen a program as efficient as the one we feature this week.

Whether you provide services to Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries, dual-eligibles, or patients who pay you directly or through their insurance policies, please take a look at "Hospital-to-Home Program Saves Lives, Slashes Costs." This care coordination program can serve as a national model; the home care agency CEO who helped design the program is open to speaking with colleagues about it.

In other news:
Amid rumors and denials of rumors we are hearing here at Lincoln Health's "Senior Care 360" conference outside Washington DC that PDGM will be delayed, we continue to bring vendor insights and resources to help Medicare providers prepare for the likely 1/1/20 deadline. This week, staff writer Darcey Trescone interview principles from Wellsky and Axxess to learn about their predictions and preparations for their respective clients.

As every post-acute provider continues to struggle with staff recruiting and retention, we found a useful report from researchers at PHI and Caring Across Generations. Together, the organizations have released a report outlining nine areas where LTSS social insurance programs at the state level can improve the quality of direct care jobs.

In this week's Vendor Watch column, we have news about a multi-million dollar private equity investment in Sandata and two new executives appointed to manage Toronto-based AlayaCare's continued move into the U.S. private duty home care market.

Worth the Trip

How are your sales doing? Are referrals keeping pace with discharges? I am going to learn more about proven home care sales strategies at this year's Growth Summit, presented by nationally respected consultants Cheryl Peltekis and Melanie Stover of "Home Care Sales." This year's event is set for September 17-19 in Las Vegas. I hope to see you there.

Marcus Evans Events is holding its 21st National Healthcare CXO Summit, October 20-22. The premium forum bringing senior-level healthcare executives and solution providers together, The Summit is an invitation-only event, focused on key new drivers shaping the healthcare industry.

Of course, it is not too early to be making your reservations for the NAHC Annual Meeting, October 13-15 in Seattle. I hope to see you there.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Hospital-to-Home Program Saves Lives, Slashes Costs
Colorado home health agency thrives with hospital partnership. Patients and payers benefit. This program could be duplicated anywhere.

Ongoing Series: PDGM Vendor Perspectives and Preparations
WellSky Chief Clinical Officer Tim Ashe and Axxess Chief Technology Officer Andrew Olowu share their perspectives on PDGM and how their companies are assisting customers.

Report Highlights Need to Strengthen Direct Care Workforce in State-Based LTSS Social Insurance Programs
PHI and Caring Across Generations release joint report outlining nine areas where LTSS social insurance programs at the state level can improve the quality of direct care jobs.

Vendor Watch
— Sandata secures significant growth equity investment from Accel-KKR
— AlayaCare introduces two new executives to support move into U.S. home care market

 
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Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

 

3rd Interoperability Forum

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) 

Date: August 21-22
Location: Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

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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

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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

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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. 
 


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

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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


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