Volume 11, Number 20 October  12, 2022



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

What are your thoughts about a national healthcare directory? On October 5, CMS released a Request for Information seeking public input on the concept of CMS creating a directory with information on health care providers, to be known as the "National Directory of Healthcare Providers and Services." Read about it here and let us know what you think. Better yet, let CMS know.

I just posted Episode Four of my series of video interviews with Lindsay Doak, lead researcher for Berry Dunn, about their National Healthcare at Home Best Practices Survey. In this one, Lindsay discusses survey findings that are of interest to Home Care providers as well as Home Health Agencies. Links to all four episodes, plus information about our "Meet the CEO" video interview series, are available under the headline below, "Complete List of 'Meet the CEO' Video Episodes."

 

 

Big News This Week

Ever since the dawn of PPS, Home Health providers have cut back on adding aide services to persons with chronic conditions that could be helped by non-medical care between nursing visits. Now, after 20 years, some Medicare beneficiaries with MS and ALS are crying foul. Together with national organizations dedicated to their conditions, three individuals have filed a complaint in advance of a class-action lawsuit against CMS. We studied the language of the complaint and spoke to some attorneys and bring you a plain-English version of their complaint and its implications. See "HHS Secretary & CMS Sued by Medicare Beneficiaries," below. 

Speaking of lawsuits, another one may help providers who have contracts with Medicare Advantage plans. Kaiser Health News itself has sued CMS to force them to release audits they regularly perform on MA risk assessments, the claims of the severity of their covered lives which determines how much Medicare underwrites their businesses. KHN cites some estimates that there have been tens of billions in overpayments to these insurance companies. See "KHN Lawsuit May Force Publication of MA Fraud," below.

Private Duty agencies rely on the data gathered and published by PHI, a research agency for healthcare employers. Their new resource details 10 practical steps to implement a "care integration" advanced role in a home care setting — and improve recruitment and retention in a struggling job sector. Click on "Private Duty News: PHI Releases Guide for Home Care Employers," below.

In this week's Vendor Watch column, the headline implies that the story is only about a tech company getting another round of investment. Read further, though. If you have patients suffering from chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, and other mobility impairments, the Cionic Neural Sleeve may change their lives. Be sure to read all the way down to the testimonies from patients who use the sleeve and can walk again. 

Also in the Vendor Watch category, read about Homecare Homebase teaming up with WorldView to streamline client workflow.

 

 

Worth the Trip

The NAHC 2022 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo starts next week in St. Louis. Live and in person! I am looking forward to finally seeing you in the flesh and catching up with news from around the country.

Immediately after the NAHC meeting wraps up, I have been invited to join longtime newsletter sponsor AlayaCare at their user group conference. If you are planning to attend, I hope to meet you there. I have a lot to share about my two-year study of technologies to help with recruiting and retention of caregiving staff.

I will be delivering an address about that exact topic, recruiting and retention technologies, at the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care annual conference on November 3. I always enjoy catching up with the great providers in my neighbor state.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



HHS Secretary & CMS Sued by Medicare Beneficiaries
Will a complaint of inadequate care delivery result in more reimbursement for long-term Home Health Aide services?

KHN Lawsuit May Force Publication of MA Fraud
Millions in Medicare Advantage overcharges, once kept secret, will be released by CMS after successful Kaiser Health News suit.

Private Duty News: PHI Releases Guide for Home Care Employers
A new resource details 10 practical steps to implement a "care integration" advanced role in a home care setting — and improve recruitment and retention in a struggling job sector.

Homecare Homebase & WorldView Launch New Collaboration
Integration with enterprise content management solution partner will enhance client efficiency through streamlined workflows and customized automation.

Vendor Watch
San Francisco-based CIONIC makes an FDA-approved wearable leg sleeve that utilizes Functional Electrical Stimulation to help people with mobility issues.



During the 3rd Quarter of 2022, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 4251 times.

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As of this date, approximately 47,333,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Product Review: New AI Tool Turns Good Coders into Great Coders; Eliminates ADRs
Early adopters report 6% reimbursement increases, 16.2% improvement in co-morbidities identification, and 35% reduction in hospital readmissions. Longtime users speak of employee satisfaction and a 27% decrease in clinician turnover.

RPM Expert Suggests Changing Definition of RPM
Dr. Joseph Kvedar told Lincoln Health HCT attendees that Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Remote Patient Monitoring are the only way to cope with the worsening clinician shortage.


Upcoming Events

2022 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition *

"Connection 4.0: Linkup"

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

Information and Registration

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!


42nd Annual Conference

Presented by: Hospice & Palliative Care Association of NYS

Dates: November 2-3

Venue: Albany Marriott

 

Information and Registration

 

 


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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