Volume 6, Number 39 August  9, 2017




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Our last issue was being finalized just as the news of Val's passing came out so I made the decision not to clutter my comments last week with routine industry news. That means we are playing catch-up this week. I am certain at least one or two of the headlines below will be of interest in your particular Healthcare at Home arena. If you missed our July 26 issue, we have posted my comments on our web site.

Mandatory EVV. The 21st Century CURES Act is going to have an impact on your operations in 2019 if you provide non-medical services, 2023 if you are exclusively a Medicare provider. It is going to take us that long to fully explore the response to the Electronic Visit Verification mandate because the law permits each state to comply in its own way. We are calling this week's installment our "Intro" because we do not know yet whether it is the first article of five or of twenty-five. Either way, we plan to keep track of developments in as many states as we can.

Will you help us? We will be looking for reader input to keep us on top of developments in all 50 states. When you see your legislators or Medicaid officers moving in a certain direction, write to us at editor@homecaretechreport.com. We will spread the word. While waiting for states to make their first moves, we are conducting interviews with EVV providers and multi-state home care companies with experience in some of the 18 states that have already mandated EVV. The first thing we have learned is that there are several ways to do it wrong. We want to help the other 32 avoid the mistakes early adopters have made. We will tell you about that next week.

Reimbursable telehealth. Audrey Kinsella, our telehealth specialist, discovered a new state law that might open the door to reimbursement for the remote patient monitoring services you provide. She even got the governor of Vermont to talk with her about it. The insights of such a progressive leader of a progressive state just may a framework for you to bring to your own state legislators. It is good to meet a politician who is up on the details of a healthcare issue that is important to us.

Guest writer Elizabeth Hogue has done an excellent analysis of the heretofore unrecognized relationship between fraud and abuse and patient choice of in-home care providers. She has once again graciously given us permission to reprint her essay. Speaking of Ms. Hogue, you may want to put her upcoming webinar on your calendar. "How to Get More Referrals from Physicians Without Breaking the Law" will be offered on August 17 at 1:00 to 2:30 EDT. Click here for details.

Are timely physician signatures a problem? Check out our case study of Alabama home health provider St. Vincent's. By switching from fax machines to a physician portal, they saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Worth the trip. I am off to the airport again. I hope to see as many HCTR readers as possible at the Texas Association annual meeting in The Woodlands near Houston this week.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

 

 

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Tim Rowan



21st Century CURES Act and Mandatory EVV - Intro
This is the first in a series of articles examining the Electronic Visit Verification mandate that will take effect in 2019.

DOJ Explains How Fraud and Abuse Violate Patients' Right to Freedom of Choice
According to a leading home healthcare attorney, fraud is not merely a monetary offense.

In Vermont, Telemedicine Will Soon Be Delivered — and Paid For — Where Patients Are
Telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella caught up with Vermont Governor Phil Scott, who explained why he wrote and pushed through his state legislature a bill that will open the door to reimbursement for in-home telehealth services.

What Are Physician Signatures Costing You?
Alabama case study shows savings realized by switching from fax to electronic physician documents.

HEALTHCAREfirst Updates User Interface
News release says enhancements designed to improve user experience through a more functional, user-friendly design. We took a tour to see if the new UI measures up to its marketing.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
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.
 
Hold Your Head High -- Those ACOs and Healthcare Systems Need You as A Partner
In a panel discussion aptly titled "Exceptional Partnering with Health Systems," post acute executives declared that it is strategy as much as 5-star ratings that wins preferred partnerships.

As of this date, approximately 26,543,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

Home Health Emergency Preparedness CoP Requirements:
Getting Your Agency Ready

Featuring Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA
Free, sponsored by HEALTHCAREfirstSeptember 13

1:00 pm Central Time
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  • Overview of the emergency preparedness requirement
  • What surveyors will be looking for
  • Steps home health agencies should take to prepare

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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AHHC 2017 Leadership ConferenceAssociation for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
October 9-10
Holiday Inn Resort
Wrightsville Beach

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Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Conference
Presented by The Health Group
November 6-7
Caribe Hilton
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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HCSSA Administrator Program
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
November 13-15
Westin Galleria
Houston
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Connected Health: RPM and Telehealth Summit
6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Conference
January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
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Increase Referrals, not Overhead- Streamlining the Intake Experience

A streamlined, efficient intake process creates a better patient experience and improves referral relationships. During this webinar, industry experts will share their quick tips and best practices for improving your intake process and managing your organization's revenue cycle.

Sponsored by Forcura
Featuring: Craig Mandeville, Founder & CEO of Forcura Jessica Stover, Senior Manager of Blacktree Healthcare Consulting
Tuesday, Oct 3
2:00 pm EDT

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International Guidelines for Home Health Nursing

Presented by: International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)

Wednesday, October 25
11
:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
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Home Health Conditions of Participation: Charting a Course for your Success

Presented by: Kinnser Software

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Thursday, September 28
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:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
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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
  • Nick Knowlton, CommonWell Alliance and Brightree

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The Homecare & Technology Podcast Series

Presented by ElevatingHOME and Curaport

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?
The impact of technology on home health policy and regulatory issues.
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
.m. EDT
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