Volume 10, Number 44 November  17, 2021



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

This week's edition skews a bit toward software developers, cyber-security professionals, and provider agency IT staff. There was a major announcement from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT this week, so we feature it, even though it is somewhat on the technical language side. It is important for all health care providers for one obvious reason. Over the last three years, a staggering 93 percent of healthcare organizations experienced a data breach, while 57 percent of healthcare organizations have had more than 5 breaches. Find more details like this by clicking on the headlines below.

We also received some updated figures on COVID-19 vaccine uptake, including boosters (I got mine!). We know how vexing the vaccination mandate for healthcare workers is for you, so we share those new numbers along with our reminder that there is still time to sign up to participate in the cash giveaway from the HRSA Grant being administered by the National Minority Health Association. "Flex For Checks" will continue to pay the agency, the worker, and the vaccinated person for every shot through next May.

 

 

Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that over 90,000 COVID-19 deaths since June 2021 likely would have been prevented with vaccinations. See our June, 2021 story announcing the HRSA grant. Or use the search feature on our home page, homecaretechreport.com. First, find "Search For," click on "Advanced," then type each word of Flex For Checks into its own blank field and click "Search Now."

On a half personal, half professional note. Barry Berger just called us to let us know he is retiring and has sold his company, Accredited Home Care, to Aveanna, the agency formed four years ago through the merger of PSA Healthcare and Epic Health Services. Based in the San Fernando Valley and serving all of Southern California, Accredited was the agency that cared for both of my parents until their last days. Best wishes, Barry and Taffy, and a hearty "onward and upward" to the terrific Accredited staff.

 

 

Think you are a Home Care veteran? See this letter from one of our more famous subscribers.

Hello Tim,

Thank you for sharing Keith Crownover's legacy. Delta was one of the first computer systems used when I was executive director of a PA VNA. Clay Figard and Keith were my early contacts. It was a pleasure to see them at NAHC and PA Home Care conferences.

I began my home care career as a visiting nurse in 1960 and retired as the director of Abington Home Care in 1999. It is hard to believe my home care/hospice career started 62 years ago. I served on the PA Home Care board during my years as an executive director and was invited to attend PHA's 50th anniversary celebration last week. What a wonderful surprise to hear someone call me by name - it was Keith Crownover at the Stoneridge booth. I too wish Keith well in his new role. 

Marilyn D. Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

 

Worth the Trip

NAHC has announced it will try again to hold its Annual Conference and Expo. It is set for St. Louis next October 23-25. Much sooner, of course, is the 2022 Homecare 100, in Scottsdale, AZ, February 6-9. Be sure both of these are on your calendar.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

Editor signature
Tim Rowan



Security Breaches Plague Healthcare Providers
Healthcare is hit by 30 percent of all cyber attacks, more than any other industry. Help is out there. We list a few resources.

Information Sharing After the 21st Century Cures Act
Healthcare providers do not only need to know when to block access to PHI to comply with HIPAA, they must also know when not to. Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT explains the difference.

"Information Blocking" Defined by ONC
The ONC final rule to update the CARES Act for Healthcare IT mentions "information blocking" often. Here is their definition of the term.

Vaccinations Moving Forward, Slowly
HHS has launched a number of programs to combat the proliferation of misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines developed last year to conquer it.

Vendor Watch
— Airrosti and Luna partner to improve access for in-home musculoskeletal care
— Tapcheck extends its payday advance system to large, national provider agencies



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 43,714,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

AlayaCare/Delta Announcement Inspires Memory Lane Trip
Last week's acquisition announcement centered on the future, but Keith Crownover's 40 years at Delta cannot be allowed to end quietly. Editor Tim Rowan shares some personal memories.

Job Postings Are Not About Your Organization's Needs Anymore
Darcey Trescone explores the importance of addressing their needs more than your own when trying to attract top quality clinicians and other staff.




Upcoming Events

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.


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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


Information and Registration


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 

Information and Registration

 

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

Information and Registration


2022 NAHC Financial Management Conference & Exposition *

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

Information and Registration

 

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.

ARE YOU READY?

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

Details and Registration

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

Information and Registration

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

Information and Registration

Featuring:


Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

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

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