Volume 11, Number 22 — February  2, 2022

Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

The news is on the highly technical side this week, with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT sending us two detailed announcements and an EHR vendor adding a third. We balance the parts that may be most interesting to your CIO or IT Director by adding a practical analysis for home health owners and directors of nursing, plus a heartwarming story about hospice that will touch everyone, even those who do not work directly in hospice. Let me explain.

Recruiting and Retaining Nurses

Darcey Trescone's research this month took her in the direction of our primary 2022 focus, the staffing shortage. After consulting some experts and the literature on the subject, she offers a detailed summary of what people at every level of healthcare have learned about increasing RN job satisfaction. Hers will be the first headline below, "Nursing Autonomy and Shared Governance Improve Job Satisfaction."



Ready, Aim, FHIR

ONC is trying to make the complicated easier to understand and deploy. We have reprinted for you an announcement about new HL7 and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says will help providers achieve interoperability "without special effort."

The same federal office is asking for your input about proposed Electronic Prior Authorization Standards. See our reprint of the ONC announcement. The request your feedback by March 25.



Hospice Patient Changes Driver's Life

You may have read this already, but we just had to share it with you. A story circulating on social media tells the story in first person about a taxi driver's encounter with a woman on her way to check in to a hospice house. We have long held hospice workers in high esteem. This driver, whether his story is real or apocryphal, learned why we feel that way.


Worth the Trip

It is still too early to tell which 2022 conferences will be in-person and which will still have to be conducted virtually, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that we will get to see some of you face to face this year. In the meantime, I am on my way to Homecare 100 in Scottsdale this weekend, assuming my local airport is able to plow away all this snow. I hope to see you Sunday through Wednesday.

If you missed any part of my 2021 series, "Meet the CEO," here are the YouTube links to those video interviews:

Jim Bland, Seniors Home Services, November

Ashley Wharton, Savii, March

Adrian Schauer, AlayaCare, February

Navin Gupta, MatrixCare, January


Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan

Nursing Autonomy and Shared Governance Improve Job Satisfaction
The secret to retaining good nurses is not limited to paying well. Darcey Trescone outlines what the experts say about how a Professional Practice Model empowers both recruiting and retention.

ONC Seeks Public Comment on Electronic Prior Authorization Standards
ONC wants to know if providers think Prior Authorization improves or rations care.

ONC Clarifies CURES Act Language re: Easier FHIR Implementation
Using APIs "Without Special Effort"
Latest announcement from ONC for software developers gives interoperability a giant step forward with new, easier FHIR rules from ONC.

Netsmart myUnity® Achieves Industry First 100% ONC Health IT Certification
Netsmart's myUnity EHR earns ONC's Health IT certification.

You Never Know Who Might Be A Real Hospice Worker
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, we might as well dance. We found this story in the public domain and just had to share it with you. Is it true? Does that matter?

Vendor Watch: Telehealth News
— UCI Health Partners with Biofourmis for Hospital at Home and Post-Acute Remote Patient Monitoring

During the 4th Quarter of 2022, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 6586 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:


As of this date, approximately 44,561,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.


Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

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.

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

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


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.


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!

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!

2022 Annual Conference
New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care

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

Information and Registration


20th Annual Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit

Sponsored by: State Associations of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (HCA), New York (HCP), Rhode Island, VNAs of Vermont

Dates: January 17-19

Venue: Revere Hotel, Boston


Information and Registration

FREE WEBINAR: NAHC President Bill Dombi Shares 2023 Industry Outlook

Hosted by Mike Dordick, Netsmart

Date: January 18
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 EST

Details and Registration

(Unable to attend? Register anyway to receive the recording.)

Discussion Topics:

Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

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

Registration Information

Your state or national association meeting or webinar not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

Conference Title
Sponsoring Association
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State

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