Volume 6, Number 39 September  27, 2017



Dear Reader,

This week, please enjoy our continuing series of articles by guest writers. Following the untimely passing of Tim Rowan's wife, Shannon, Tim will continue to spend time with family and friends and expects to be back in one or two weeks. He wishes to convey his profound appreciation for the outpouring of supportive messages he has received from home care colleagues this week.

Healthcare at Home: The Rowan Report will be at the Home Care Association of America conference in Austin, TX and at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA. If you will be at either, please stop by and say hello.

Be sure to also stop by and thank our advertisers, without whom this weekly free newsletter would not be possible. Here is where you can find them in Long Beach:

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In this week's issue,

Our guest authors focus on the changing healthcare environment as payers move from services to outcomes. Value Based Purchasing, they say, requires more than incremental changes. Rather, complete restructuring will mark the provider organization that will thrive through the national conversion to VBP.

The staff of Homecare Homebase provided us with a dynamic guide to creating defensible documentation, under the catch phrase that is fast becoming a Home Health motto, "Do not submit what you cannot defend."

Writing for Change Healthcare, formerly known as McKesson Extended Care Services, VP of Product Management Amy Shallhart weighs in on "Four Keys to Future Home Health Success." We are publishing her excellent piece in two segments. Look for part 2 next week.

From the Medicare consultant side of the family, veteran home care nurse Kristi Bajer, BSN, RN, argues that VBP means it is time to stop using census to measure your agency's success.

Personal note

Tim Rowan wanted us to tell you he has been receiving comforting words from all over the country and is extremely grateful. He wants you to know your words, even when you say "there are no words," mean a great deal as he tries to cope with the loss of his wife. He will be back in a couple of weeks and will try to attend the NAHC Annual Meeting in Long Beach.

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Tim Rowan



Defensible Documentation: Five Essentials for Home Health Providers
Getting documentation right the first time saves time and can increase the quality of patient care. Does your agency's documentation strategy include these five essentials?

Four Keys to Future Home Health Success, Part One
Change Healthcare weighs in on the four key characteristics of the home health agency of the future.

VBP Means It Is Time to Stop Measuring Census
Value Based Purchasing is not just another bump in the road for Medicare home health providers. It requires re-examination of your clinical practice philosophy, possibly even restructuring agency policies.

 
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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:
NAHC & Partnership Make Same Urgent Plea for Industry-wide Advocacy to Stop CMS PPS Changes
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare have each issued urgent pleas for the entire industry to join the effort to educate the new crew at CMS about how home healthcare really works.
 
Which EVV Model is Right for Your State?
In part 2 of our series about the pros and cons of four models states can use to implement Electronic Visit Verification, Sandata CEO Tom Underwood explains the scoring system every state Medicaid executive should learn.

As of this date, approximately 27,082,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.



Notable Upcoming Conferences Free Webinars

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

Click here to register

Our Home Care Landscape: Big Challenges, Bigger Opportunities *
Annual Meeting of the Home Care Association of America
October 8-11
Austin, TX
Information and registration

Hospice Financial and Administrative Management Conference
Presented by The Health Group
November 6-7
Caribe Hilton
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Registration: conference@healthgroup.com
 

HCSSA Administrator Program
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
November 13-15
Westin Galleria
Houston
tahch.org

*HCTR will see you there.
Connected Health: RPM and Telehealth Summit
6th Annual Care Coordination and Technology Conference
January 24-26
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
Information and Registration

Your state or national association meeting not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

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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

Registration


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
Registration

www.ihcno.org/Registration

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
11
:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Registration

Contact person: Chip Schneider chip.schneider@kinnser.com




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

Registration



The Clinician's Role in CoP Compliance

Presented by: SelectData

Thursday, October 19
1:30 p
.m. EDT
Registration


Contact person: Lisa Engle services@selectdata.com



Webinar hosts, send your announcements to: Conferences@RowanResources.com

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