Volume 11, Number 15 ó January  19, 2022



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

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You spoke, we listened. Thank you for responding to our EVV Satisfaction Survey. We hope you are not disappointed in your results. We lay out the raw data and our analysis in two separate pieces this week. If I were to summarize, I would have to say that no one will be satisfied with our satisfaction survey. Not EVV vendors, not Medicaid providers, not state Medicaid officials, and, eventually, not Medicare providers, who will join the ranks of the EVV mandated next year. 

To be clear, we did not set out to criticize EVV, nor its software vendors, aggregators, users, or state Medicaid offices. But the survey results are difficult to ignore. Something is wrong out there, and it had better be fixed before 11,000 Medicare Home Health providers join the party one year from now.

Our presentation of the survey is in two parts. One is the raw data, showing who answered and what their specific complaints are. The other is our extended analysis, with written comments from survey respondents followed by my commentary and recommendations.

 

 

Clinician Burnout Exacerbates Retention

Staff writer Darcey Trescone, herself an RN, takes a deep dive into the problem of too many COVID patients and not enough nurses. As more and more nurses take ill, or become physically and emotionally exhausted, hospitals can afford to replace them by offering historic bonuses and salaries. Home Health cannot compete. Be sure to read Darcey's exploration of this timely issue in "Compassion Fatigue Leads to Retention Issues in Nursing."

 

 

CMS News: Lots of it

From the public health emergency to OASIS-E, CMS has had an active month. We pulled together the most important announcements for you, including the statement by CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on vaccine requirements. Plus:

 

 

Worth the Trip

I hope to see you at Homecare 100, February 6-9, in Scottsdale. Click on their graphic ad for details. It is filling up this year; they had to engage a third hotel. We were sorry to hear NAHC had to convert its big Private Duty Leadership Summit to virtual instead of in-person. They plan to present much of the content as webinars free to NAHC members. Watch for more information at nahc.org as those plans are finalized.

Have a great week. Stay healthy, get vaccinated, wear a mask, and keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



EVV Survey Exposes Industry-Wide Disappointment
Our EVV survey responses were both surprising and disapointing.

EVV Survey Results: Raw Data
With fewer than 100 responses, survey results cannot strictly be considered "scientific," but we believe they are representative of the Medicaid in-home provider community.

Compassion Fatigue Leads to Retention Issues in Nursing
The global nursing shortage has had a significant impact on patient care and an adverse impact on healthcare systems. The nursing shortage began well before the pandemic. But the stress on the system with COVID-19 raised the level of burnout and increased the number of nurses who left or are leaving the profession early.

CMS Releases OASIS Update; Withdraws Erroneous Announcement
— April refresh to add more assessment items.
— Oops! CMS withdraws Preview Report announcement
— OASIS - E set for 2023

CMS News: SCOTUS Approves Vaccine Mandate
Statement by CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on the U.S. Supreme Courtís decision on vaccine requirements.



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Upcoming Events

2022 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference *Presented by: Home Care Association of Colorado

Dates: May 5-6
Venue: Keystone Resort & Conference Center, Keystone, CO


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FREE WEBINAR: Combat the Great Resignation and Reduce Employee Turnover by 40%

Presented by: National Minority Health Association

Date: Tuesday, May 24

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

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Agenda
As organizations plan for the future, they must cultivate a happier, healthier workforce. Most CEOs, CFOs, HR professionals, and other business leaders are eager to know the true impact of financial wellness. We are gathering to discuss and explore how prioritizing employee financial wellness can help increase caregiver retention and productivity at no cost to your businesses.

 


Gulf Coast Regional Conference & Exposition

Presented by: Home Care Associations of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

Date: July 18-20

Venue: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort

Location: Point Clear, Alabama

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2022 NAHC Financial Management Conference & Exposition *

Date: July 24-26
Venue: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

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Register for the in-person conference - starting at $750 for NAHC members or $1,025 for non-members - or for the digital only content - $400 for members and $600 for non-members. If you register for the in-person conference, you'll get access to all of the digital content.


2022 ONC Virtual Tech Forum 

Sponsored by: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

Location: Online

Dates: September 9, 16, and 23

Information and Registration

ONC has posted the high-level agenda and opened up registration for the 2022 ONC Virtual Tech Forum on HealthIT.gov. This year's event takes place during three consecutive Fridays in September (9th, 16th, 23rd). As in years past, the Tech Forum will feature industry perspectives on the progress made in health IT over the past year, and highlight how we can continue to advance health technology to improve patient care, health equity, data exchange, and interoperability.

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2022 Leadership Conference: Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina

Dates: September 25-27

Venue: Hotel Ballast

City: Wilmington

Register: ahhcconferences.com

20 educational sessions led by top industry experts, 30+ high caliber speakers, and over 40 exhibitors, including NAHC's Bill Dombi; David Rendall, Author; NC DHHS's Debra C. Farrington, MSW, LCSW; AHHC of NC Staff and Lobbyists; experts from ACHC; CHAP; Axxess; Wellsky; FORVIS; KATANA Safety; Cone Health; Delta Care Rx; The Joint Commission; Well Care Health; SembraCare, Inc.; SimiTree; LTSS Consulting, Inc.; Healthcare Provider Solutions; CareXM; 3HC and more!


Bandwidth, Not Burnout: Workforce Technologies To Combat Burnout in Home-Health and Hospice

Free Webinar, presented by: CareXM

Speakers: - Kelli Carner, RN, BSN, BRMP, MHA, CBRM, Executive Director of Information Services, Providence Home and Community Care; Jeanette Dove, RN, MA, Executive VP & Chief Quality Officer Emeritus, Bristol Hospice and Founder/Principal, Engage Home-Health and Hospice Consultancy; Laurie Nelson, BSN, RN, Director of Clinical Services, CareXM

Date: September 28, 2022
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 EDT

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In our post-Pandemic world, higher percentages of operating budgets are going to "staffing." But in spending these extra dollars are we solving for triage chaos, improving both patient and clinician experiences?

Three expert clinician-managers – two from top-10 Home-Health and Hospice providers and one the from the company delivering Software with a Service solutions – will assess our current situation, point out what is needed for future development, and share their POV about what is available today to solve for triage chaos and sustainable, scalable growth, yielding Bandwidth, not Burnout.


MHCA 52nd Annual Meeting & Expo

Sponsored by: Minnesota Home Care Association

Date: October 12-14
Venue: Breezy Point Resort
City: Breezy Point, MN

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2022 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition *

"Connection 4.0: Linkup"

Date: October 23-25
Venue: America's Center Convention Complex
Location: St. Louis, MO

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This year, we want to celebrate one of the most meaningful touchstones of our industry — connection. At the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo, we'll explore ideas around connection and community to help attendees reach their stakeholders in authentic and meaningful ways.

New technology, workforce developments, and the importance of high standards in quality care continue to push our community of clinicians and providers to revamp their strategies and skill sets. This event is the meeting point for you to uncover groundbreaking ideas, discover new interests, and network with industry pros.

Meet us in St. Louis, Missouri, once known as the "Gateway to the West." So, it is perfectly centered to make those connections even easier for members and attendees from all ends of the U.S. We look forward to linking up with you this October!


2022 Annual Conference
New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care

Date: November 3
Venue: CNM Workforce Training Center
City: Albuquerque

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Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: January 22-25, 2023
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes, FL

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