Volume 8, Number 31 August  14, 2019



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

If you are reading this as soon as you receive it on Thursday morning, and if you are in Medicare home health, hospice, or HME, please start with our CMS announcement about today's Open Door Forum. The agenda is replete with PDGM and HHCAHPS news. The call begins at 2:00 pm EDT. Click on the headline below for call-in details.

Every provider deals with recruiting and retaining care workers. Non-medical home care providers may be hit the hardest by the current shortage of willing and capable caregivers. Two of our news items this week might help. One argues that training is central to retention and that mobile online education is superior to in-person classroom training. For this point of view, read guest author James Cohen's "Future of U.S Caregiving: High Demand, Scarce Worker Supply."

Speaking of online education, we have news of an integration between Nevvon and Savii. Private duty users of Savii's EMR will be able to access Nevvon's learning management system from with their application. Read our interview with the Nevvon CEO in this week's Vendor Watch column. We will be speaking with his counterpart at Savii next week.

Lastly, please help me welcome our newest sponsor, one of the many who make it possible for us to bring you this news service at no charge. eSolutions is a revenue cycle management company that helps all categories of healthcare providers get paid accurately and quickly. Read about eSolutions' rebranding to mark its 20th anniversary in "New Sponsor Profile: eSolutions Celebrates 20 Years." And click ontheir display ad at the right.

Worth the Trip
If you plan to attend the annual meeting of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors in Portland, Oregon, August 28-30, look for me in Booth #1. My partner Roger McManus and I will be delivering a presentation on the importance of managing your online reputation. We will offer some specific step-by-step instructions to get you started.

Next month, we will be back out west for the Home Health, Home Care, and Hospice Growth Summit, September 17-19 in Las Vegas. There is still time to register yourself or your sales people for this highly regarded sales training event. Scroll down this page for the details.

From Las Vegas, we will be heading south to Tucson for the Home Care Association of America Annual Leadership Congress, September 22-23. I look forward to meeting our non-medical provider subscribers there. Again, scroll down for registration details.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Future of U.S Caregiving: High Demand, Scarce Worker Supply
Recruit and retain care workers with mobile training opportunities.

New Sponsor Profile: eSolutions Celebrates 20 Years
From niche hospice clearinghouse to revenue cycle management and data analytics provider for hospitals, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, home health providers and hospices in 20 years.

Hospital CEO To Speak at National CXO Summit
David C. Pate, MD, JD, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Luke's Health System, will be presenting at the upcoming National Healthcare CXO Summit.

CMS News: Open Door Forum August 15
Call-in instructions for August 15 Open Door Forum for Home Health, Hospice, DME providers.

Vendor Watch
— Online education company Nevvon announces integration with Savii

 
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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

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


NAHC 2019 Conference & Expo *

October 13-15
Seattle

Information and Registration


Two Sales Training Boot Camps: Home Health and Hospice & Palliative Care

Presented by Healthcare Strategica, LLC

Featuring: Michael Ferris
Location: Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort

Bootcamp 1: PDGM Home Health Sales
Date: November 12-13

Bootcamp 2: Hospice & Palliative Care Sales
Date: Novenber 14-15


Register with code "HCTR" for $100 off.


PDGM Success Seminars hosted by Axxess *
Sponsored by: BKD, Aegis Therapies, HealthCare ConsultLink, Home Health Care News, Gateway Home Health Coding and Consulting, Worldview, Connected Home Living, Laengrich Healthcare Partners and Swift Medical

Dates and Locations (open to all Home Care providers):
  • Dallas, TX Tuesday, September 24
  • Houston, TX Thursday, September 26
  • Boston, MA Tuesday, November 5
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL Thursday, November 14
  • Chicago, IL Tuesday, October 22
  • Columbus, OH Thursday, November 12
  • Las Vegas, NV Friday, October 4
  • McAllen, TX Tuesday, December 3
  • San Antonio, TX Thursday, December 5
Information and Registration (early bird discount code: Axxess2020)
The one-day seminars will focus on the following learning objectives:
  • The PDGM impact numbers that matter most, along with operational strategies to ensure proper reimbursement                   
  • Specific actions to take for each PDGM risk factor, including coding, non-groupable diagnoses, LUPA avoidance and management, chronic care management, and therapy management
  • How to drive growth for your organization through institutional referral strategies and the use of specialty programs, including wound care and complex nursing
Including specifics such as:
  • How to get the most important OASIS information you need in five minutes
  • Implementing maintenance therapy programs and telemonitoring
  • Setting up visit schedules that prevent avoidable LUPAs 
  • How each component of PDGM builds the case weight 
  • Restructuring intake processes to obtain necessary billing information

*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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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


A QUALITY JOB: Clinical Management & Care Coordination Under PDGM

Hosted by VNAA
Sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree
Presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants

Featuring: Laura Wilson, RN, BSN, Sr. Manager, Simione Healthcare Consultants
Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 12:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

PDGM is so much more than a billing change! Home health agencies preparing for payment reform need to look closely at clinical operations to make accommodations that will uphold quality, including care alternatives that add value to the equation. In this webinar, we’ll share insights based on the findings of gap analyses to help your organization make a successful transition under the new requirements. Recommended Attendees: Clinical Managers, Intake Staff, Coders / QA, Finance & Billing personnel Hosted by VNAA, sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree, presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants



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