Volume 10, Number 41 January  13, 2021



Dear Health Care at Home Colleague,

Well, you certainly convinced me. Recruitment, retention, and that issue of new hires quitting after orientation and training are a major concern, especially for private duty home care agencies. Last week's news about a new, innovative technology based on Applied Cognitive Linguistics was not only the most-read article of the week, but in the top ten over the last six months. And the other nine were all about PDGM and Medicare's COVID relief fund project. If you happened to miss the story, simply scroll down to our "Last Week's Most-Read Article" section and click on the headline, "Four Home Care Agencies Solve Expensive 'Bad Hire' Problem."

 

IN THIS WEEK'S NEWS

Staff writer Darcey Trescone, RN, BSN, interviews Karen Vance, Managing Consultant with BKD Health Care Group. She examines the 12/21/20 "Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act," which gives Occupational Therapists authority to open home health episodes. Vance emphasized that it is time to stop under-utilizing OTs. Scroll down to click on "It Is Time to Recognize the Value of the Occupational Therapist."

PHI, a national research, advocacy, and workforce innovations organization widely considered the nation's leading expert on the direct care workforce, sent us their new, in-depth report on the Direct Care Workforce. We summarize the report and provide a link to download the complete version. See "PHI Releases In-Depth Report on the Direct Care Workforce," below.

HHAeXchange CEO Greg Strobel surveyed his senior staff and consultants and shared with us their predictions for our industry for 2021. He was quite accurate with the same effort a year ago. Look below for "Homecare Predictions for 2021."

 

We are watching a sharp increase in the number of technology tools for care coordination, case management, and patient/family engagement. Over the next few issues, we will tell you about some of these tools and how they work. In the meantime, another guest author, home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue, translates a recent JAMA article for home care. The report was aimed at physicians to help them improve patient engagement. Her entry is titled, "How to Connect with Patients."

Vendor Watch

Two news releases caught our attention this week. LifeCare Collective leverages advantages from the synergy of a collective group. The organization has partnered with Rowan Report sponsor HealthRev Partners, to give its members access to coding, billing, and "Live OASIS" services. Dina provides an AI-powered care-at-home platform and network. The Chicago-area company recently raised $7 million in financing. We interview CEO Ashish Shah. For a history of Dina's development, go to our home page at homecaretechreport.comhomecaretechreport.com, click on the "Search For" tool and enter Dina in the search field.

 

Worth the Trip

Quite a lineup of free webinars this week. Scroll down to our Upcoming Events column to register for "Return to Work Under COVID-19" by Healthcare Synergy, Thursday, January 14, featuring David Mauzey, SVP & General Manager, HealthPointe Solutions. Amity Healthcare Group presents "5 Key Elements of a Successful Home Health Remote Patient Monitoring Program," on Wednesday, January 27. And, after you get your vaccination, Lincoln Healthcare Leadership brings back a live and in-person Homecare 100 in June, at Marco Island, Florida.

Have a great, safe, and health week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



How to Connect with Patients
Home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue offers some valuable insights into patient engagement, under the law.

Homecare Predictions for 2021
HHAeXchange offers an EVV and Agency Management software vendor's look at the coming year.

It Is Time to Recognize the Value of the Occupational Therapist
It is time to stop under-utilizing Occupational Therapists, says BKD consultant Karen Vance.

PHI Releases In-Depth Report on the Direct Care Workforce
"Caring for the Future: The Power and Potential of America's Direct Care Workforce" takes an extensive look at direct care workers and the industry shaping their jobs.

Vendor Watch
— Lifecare Collective Selects HealthRev Partners as preferred revenue cycle management provider
— Dina raises $7 million in financing



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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Four Home Care Agencies Solve Expensive "Bad Hire" Problem
What does it cost when a new caregiver disappears after orientation and training, never taking a first shift? How often does it happen? One franchise organization has found a way to lower this risk, saving $4,500 or more every time a bad hire is avoided.

No-Pay RAPs and Late RAP Penalties: How To Thrive Under PDGM 2021
New RAP rules have been confusing...until now. Print and keep this guide to new RAP late-submission penalties.


Upcoming Events

 

FREE WEBINAR: Can you collect Cash faster?

Sponsored by: Savii

Date: Tuesday, January 12

Time: 2:00 pm EST

Information and Registration

With small margins in home care it has prompted the question, “Can we collect cash faster?” And what would this do for an agency? One thing we know is margins are small and have become more challenging than ever to for agencies to profit. This doesn’t mean it impossible for agencies to survive; it means a focus on collecting cash faster will be ever so important.


Agency leaders will first need to develop a timeline cadence of when to address claims based on when they were submitted for payment. In addition it will be pertinent to understand their own agency metrics such as DSO (Daily Sales Outstanding) and how they compare to industry standards.

On this webinar you will walk away with how to develop a timeline and your own DSO dashboard for benchmarking. All of these topics will weave into  strategic steps to take toward collecting cash flow faster.

FREE WEBINAR: The Rise of Hospital at Home: A Roundtable Discussion

Sponsored by: AlayaCare

Featuring: Dr. Bruce Leff, Hospital at Home Pioneer & Professor, John Hopkins School of Medicine; Adrian Schauer, Founder and CEO
AlayaCare; Joel Theisen, Founder and CEO, Lifesprk; Brady Murphy, VP Sales & Marketing, AlayaCare

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time:
1:00 EST

Information and Registration

Agenda
Across the U.S., the Acute Hospital Care at Home initiative from CMS is taking off amid the pandemic with at least 80 approved participants to date. As hospital-at-home models become more popular and more beneficial to both patients and health care organizations, those that have recognized the perks of home-based care prior to the COVID-19 crisis may have the upper hand.

Join us on Wednesday, Jan 27th at 1:00 pm EST for a roundtable discussion with industry experts such as Dr. Bruce Leff, Hospital at Home Pioneer and Professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine who deserves his reputation as a founding father of this virtual hospital concept, to learn about the hospital-at-home model and its impact on the home care industry.



FREE Webinar: Practical Application of Information Blocking and Interoperability Rules for Post-Acute Care Providers

Sponsored by: Complia Health and Kno2

Date: February 18
Time: 1:00 EST

Information and Registration

Join healthcare technology experts Alan Swenson, VP of Interoperability at Kno2, and Melissa Turner, Director of Integration at Complia Health, on Thursday, February 18th at 1pm Eastern to learn about information blocking and what it means for your post-acute care organization today and looking ahead to the future. 


FREE WEBINAR: Tech Titans Join Forces to Tackle Post Acute Care Challenges

Sponsored by: KanTime

Featuring: Terra Vicario (Moderator) CMO, Viventium; Malka Trump, Director of Compliance, Viventium; Kristen Duell, EVP, KanTime; Kim Spence, RN, Customer Success Division Leader, KanTime; James Cohen, CEO & Co-Founder, Nevvon

Date: Thursday, April 22

Time: 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT

Register

2021, in many ways, is a continuation of challenges from 2020 and more! During this webinar, experts from companies with solutions for talent/retention and compliance issues, along with the continued challenges that COVID-19 has presented to our industry, will cover rules, regulations, and programs you need to stay on top of so your company can thrive amidst the pandemic.

Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: June 27-30, 2021
Venue: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, FL

Registration Information


2021 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo *

National Association for Home Care and Hospice

Date: October 3-5
Venue: New Orleans

Sadly, this conference has had to be postponed, due to the hurricane in New Orleans and COVID situation in Louisiana.


FREE WEBINAR: Vaccine Hesitancy: How Training Can Help

Presented by: Nevvon, Flex For Checks, & Dr. Ian Smith

Date: Monday, October 11

Time: 10:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM Eastern 

Information and Registration

Featuring:

Who should attend? Caregiver agencies looking for creative ways to alleviate vaccine hesitancy and get more workers and patients protected from the COVID-19 virus.

Agenda:
Learn how training caregivers on vaccines can ensure better compliance, reduce hesitancy and lead to better outcomes. We will share first-hand experience of how the Flex For Checks program has been leading the way in vaccinating caregivers through an amazing and potentially lucrative incentive program.


FREE WEBINAR: Targeted Probe & Educate: Where Do You Stand?

Presented by: Healthcare Synergy
Featuring:
Michael Tidd, COS-C, HCS-D, HealthCare Synergy Clinical Manager

Date: Wednesday, November 3
Time: 11:00 am PDT / 2:00 pm EDT

Register

Overview:
Targeted Probe and Educate is a CMS initiative to seek a better understanding of agencies practices in order to protect the Medicare funds. Agencies self-identify themselves and request reviews by their actions and the data they provide to CMS. Are you aware of the signals you might be sending and how to protect yourself?
Objectives:
Speaker:
Michael Tidd has over 19 years of experience in the Home Care Industry and is a frequent speaker at HealthCare Synergy Workshops and Webinars. He is a Software Developer, LVN and Certified in ICD-9/10 Coding and OASIS (COS-C, HCS-D). As the Clinical Manager for HealthCare Synergy, he directs the Outsourced Management Services, assists in directing the development of the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition, oversees the Clinical Documentation Auditing provided to clients and directs the Clinical Form Development for the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition. Michael continues to educate agencies in the ongoing regulations that CMS produces, the proper application of the Medicare Conditions of Participation and completing timely, accurate and defendable clinical documentation to survive in the current Medicare Reimbursement Model.

AHHC 2021 Leadership Conference

Presented by: Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina

Date: November 8-9

Location: Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Information and Registration


FREE WEBINAR: Admit more Patients & Stop Nursing Burnout!

Presented by: OperaCare

Date: November 10

Time: 1:00 pm EST; 10:00 PST

Information and Registration

The nursing shortage is getting much worse and will most likely impact your business if it has not already.
During this event we will demonstrate how to complete an entire OASIS in approx. 60 minutes or less. This includes ICD-10 coding, entry and revision of medication’s, all the OASIS items, and Quality Assurance while the nurse is with the patient in the home.

The result: Eliminating 100% of after-hours documentation, increasing clinical productivity, and reducing your labor costs.

The Benefit: The ability to significantly increase your recruitment and retention efforts by providing your clinicians with a sane and humane work life balance.


Important Final Rule Discoveries Every Agency Needs to Know: Examining HH PPS for CY2022

Presented by: HealthRevPartners

Featuring: John Reisinger, CPA

DATE: November 18

TIME: 2:00 - 3:00 EST

VENUE: Online

FEE: NONE

Register Here

One of the major changes in CMS’ final rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System announced is this — ???2022 will be a "pre-implementation year for the HHVBP, which was originally scheduled to begin in January.

Learn exactly what you need to do in 2022 for HHVBP.

Additionally, we will cover these final rule changes and more:

And, do you know how much your Medicare revenues are projected to change?

There will be a 3.2% increase ($570 million) in home health spending for CY2022.

 


FREE WEBINAR: New, Science-Based Methodology Reduces Cost of Recruitment and Retention

Presented by: The Rowan Report

Featuring: Eric Becker, CEO, MiliMatch

Date: Thursday, March 18

Time: 3:00 pm EST; Noon PST

Recorded version available.

 

Agenda:

Every time a home care agency hires and trains a new caregiver, it invests about $4,500, which is wasted if that new hire does not work out, often before working a first shift. MiliMatch CEO Eric Becker will explain the company's patented product/service, based on the science of Applied Cognitive Linguistics, which has been proven to help home care agencies avoid those costly bad hires.


FREE WEBINARS: "Best of Home Care Heroes" Series 

Sponsored by: Ankota

Featuring: Steve "The Hurricane" Weiss, Ophelia Cole, Barbara Gaines, Cheryl Hammons, others

Dates: Ongoing

 

Contact Ankota directly about two special offers: a free trial of a staffed, live-chat solution for your website, and a discount to Steve Weiss' "Mililonaire Bootcamp."

 


*The Rowan Report will see you there.


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