Volume 10, Number 44 December  29, 2021

Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

As the poet said, "Another year over, and a new one just begun." And what a year it was! Canceled conferences, staff shortages, multiple mergers and acquisitions, and a population persistently progressing in average age.

Our tradition is to revisit the articles from the past year that you, our cherished readers, found most useful. As is your wont over our 23 years, you surprised us yet again. This year, three of the most-read news articles in your top 20 were from previous years. Apparently, more and more of you have discovered our search feature at the top of our home page (homecaretechreport.com). You enter one, two, or three search words – one word per line – and you find every news story that contains that word or combination of words since we went digital in 2005. 

We Hear You

We cover technology, regulatory, and other Home Care, Home Health, and Hospice news to help you understand our healthcare sector better. The articles you click on tell us which issues are most important to you, and we listen. In 2021, we heard loud and clear that you want us to continue to cover hiring and staffing in 2022. Look at this year's most-read list. Our story about four agencies that found a solution to the problem of caregivers disappearing less than 30 days after hire was clicked 60 percent more often than the second most-read story.

16 Years of Gratitude

Our sponsors make it possible for us to bring you this service without charging a subscription fee. I hope you will join me in thanking them. The best way to express your gratitude is to click on their display ads and see if they might be offering exactly what you are currently looking for.




Thanks also go out to all the guest authors who contributed content this year, especially Stephen Tweed, Melanie Stover, Burgess Harrison, and Roger McManus. And to experts like Bill Dombi, John Reisinger, and Michael McGowan, who helped us understand complex regulatory issues. 

Thanks also to my team. Darcey Trescone adds excellent perspective from her vantage point as a nurse and former home care software company executive. Kristin, of the Girard Marketing Group, has a way of letting our sponsors know they are important by helping them create attractive ad campaigns. If you will indulge me one more, I must thank my world-class writing professor, who pushed me long, long ago but still influences my sentence structure today, Rev. James Allen, OMI.

Have a great week, and a caring 2022. As the poet quoted above also said, "Imagine all the people living life in peace."

Most-Read Articles of 2021

RankArticle HeadlineIssue Date
20Maximize Episode Management with Evidenced-Based Wound Care3/10/2021
19According to HIEs, EHR Vendors and Health Systems Engage in Information Blocking Practices5/26/2021
18Contaminated "Affiliations" Predicted to Shutter Hundreds of HHAs6/16/2021
17Tips for Recruiting Nurses2/24/2021
16It Is Time to Recognize the Value of the Occupational Therapist1/13/2021
15CMS's Reason for Not Reimbursing for Telehealth Does Not Hold Water3/24/2021
14WellSky Acquires CarePort Health3/24/2021
13Connect America Acquires Philips Aging and Caregiving Business5/5/2021
12MedPAC Recommends Pay Cuts for Home Health, Hospice3/17/2021
11HHS OIG Discovers Billions in Fraudulent Medicare Payments12/11/2019
10HHS Awards $125 Million in Workforce Grants to Bolster Vaccinations6/23/2021
9Applying Technology to Improve Caregiver Recruiting and Retention5/12/2021
8Survey Finds Interoperability A Deal-Breaker for Referral Sources3/10/2021
7No-Pay RAPs and Late RAP Penalties: How To Thrive Under PDGM 202112/16/2020
6Payers Livid About CMS Final Rule1/20/2021
5Why Did Humana Buy the Other 60% of Kindred?5/5/2021
4CMS Releases 2022 Home Health Payment Rule7/7/2021
3Software Company Fined $115 Million10/10/2018
2What is the "Patient Activation Measure?"1/27/2021
#1Four Home Care Agencies Solve Expensive "Bad Hire" Problem11/10/2021


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Tim Rowan

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