Volume 10, Number 41 March  10, 2021




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Referrals are your lifeline. Like the body needs food every day, home health and home care agencies need a continuous flow of patients and clients from hospitals, physicians, and that familiar adult son or daughter from far away. For that reason, providers in every Post Acute Care sector will want to study the results of a new survey we found by Porter Research. The headline finding is that more referral sources than ever before say they would abandon their favorite PAC provider if they found another that had better interoperability capabilities.

In other words, patient data exchange technologies are becoming more important than your sales team.

Software vendors have as much to learn from the survey. More PAC providers than last year, in fact about three times more, say they would switch Electronic Medical Record software systems if their current one was costing them referrals because it had limited interoperability capabilities. There are many more details in our interview with interoperability advisor and CommonWell board chair Nick Knowlton, including a link to download two surveys, one directed toward in-home care and one for residential institutions. Click below on "Survey Finds Interoperability A Deal-Breaker for Referral Sources."

 

PDGM

You have learned over the last year that wound care reimbursement is more generous under PDGM. Knowing how scarce qualified wound care specialists are, many HHA Directors of Nursing have looked to online services where experts examine their hi-res photos. Until now, a major obstacle has been comparing wound progress over time when photos are not all taken from the same distance and angle, or with the same lighting. Staff writer Darcey Trescone interviewed Kathy Piette, the CEO of Corstrata, about their solution to this problem. See "Maximize Episode Management with Evidenced-Based Wound Care."

Darcey also brings her home care sales training expertise to bear in a plea for your operations people to communicate their needs to your outside sales personnel. If you have experienced that disconnect, be sure to see "Expert Offers Tips to Improve Sales and Operational Planning."

 

Patient Engagement Tool Slashes Readmissions, ED Visits

Meet Dr. Querubin Iguban, MD, MBA, but please call him "Jun." The founder of Genesis Home Health and Hospice struggled with caring for patients as far as 77 miles from the nearest hospital. The communications and telehealth capabilities he implemented from Synzi reduced the number of miles his clinicians have to drive and increased patient satisfaction, while reducing their need to take those long trips to hospitals. See Synzi's news release and our interview with Jun in this week's "Vendor Watch" column.

Lastly, we offer some links to free CMS trainings. Several were released in January and February and remain available online.

 

Worth the Trip

"4 Strategies for Creating a Competitive Advantage for Your Agency" is set for Thursday, March 11, at half past noon, Eastern Time. Presented by KanTime, it will feature Joseph Brence, Head of Home and Community Care Strategy and Solutions, MedBridge; Jessica Chew, VP of Marketing, Trella Health; and moderator Kristen Duell, EVP, KanTime.

Do not forget that Lincoln Healthcare Leadership plans to restart Homecare 100 in late June. Scroll down for registration details.

Have a safe and healthy week. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



Survey Finds Interoperability A Deal-Breaker for Referral Sources
76 percent of hospitals and physicians that refer to post acute care say they would stop referring to one agency and switch to another that had superior interoperability capabilities.

Maximize Episode Management with Evidenced-Based Wound Care
Inadequately treated pressure ulcers are the second most common legal claim against healthcare providers after a wrongful death. Darcey Trescone, RN, profiles a company battling the wound care specialist shortage with online assistance.

Expert Offers Tips to Improve Sales and Operational Planning
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) provides continuous focus, alignment, and synchronization among all its functional departments.

CMS News: Free Home Health Training Offered
CMS offers free online training for post-acute care providers. Many courses are aimed at Home Health.

Vendor Watch
— Nevada Home Care provider reduces hospital admissions with Synzi communications



During the 3rd Quarter of 2021, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 6532 times.

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As of this date, approximately 40,942,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Four Home Care Agencies Solve Expensive "Bad Hire" Problem
What does it cost when a new caregiver disappears after orientation and training, never taking a first shift? How often does it happen? One franchise organization has found a way to lower this risk, saving $4,500 or more every time a bad hire is avoided.

Tips for Recruiting Nurses
Among the many reasons there is a nursing shortage in post-acute care, the number of nurses leaving the workforce each year has been growing steadily from around 40,000 in 2010 to nearly 80,000 by 2020. Here are 15 tips to recruit and retain home health nurses.




Upcoming Events

FREE WEBINAR: Tech Titans Join Forces to Tackle Post Acute Care Challenges

Sponsored by: KanTime

Featuring: Terra Vicario (Moderator) CMO, Viventium; Malka Trump, Director of Compliance, Viventium; Kristen Duell, EVP, KanTime; Kim Spence, RN, Customer Success Division Leader, KanTime; James Cohen, CEO & Co-Founder, Nevvon

Date: Thursday, April 22

Time: 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT

Register

2021, in many ways, is a continuation of challenges from 2020 and more! During this webinar, experts from companies with solutions for talent/retention and compliance issues, along with the continued challenges that COVID-19 has presented to our industry, will cover rules, regulations, and programs you need to stay on top of so your company can thrive amidst the pandemic.

Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: June 27-30, 2021
Venue: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, FL

Registration Information


2021 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo *

National Association for Home Care and Hospice

Date: October 3-5
Venue: New Orleans

Sadly, this conference has had to be postponed, due to the hurricane in New Orleans and COVID situation in Louisiana.


FREE WEBINAR: Vaccine Hesitancy: How Training Can Help

Presented by: Nevvon, Flex For Checks, & Dr. Ian Smith

Date: Monday, October 11

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

Information and Registration

Featuring:

Who should attend? Caregiver agencies looking for creative ways to alleviate vaccine hesitancy and get more workers and patients protected from the COVID-19 virus.

Agenda:
Learn how training caregivers on vaccines can ensure better compliance, reduce hesitancy and lead to better outcomes. We will share first-hand experience of how the Flex For Checks program has been leading the way in vaccinating caregivers through an amazing and potentially lucrative incentive program.


FREE WEBINAR: Targeted Probe & Educate: Where Do You Stand?

Presented by: Healthcare Synergy
Featuring:
Michael Tidd, COS-C, HCS-D, HealthCare Synergy Clinical Manager

Date: Wednesday, November 3
Time: 11:00 am PDT / 2:00 pm EDT

Register

Overview:
Targeted Probe and Educate is a CMS initiative to seek a better understanding of agencies practices in order to protect the Medicare funds. Agencies self-identify themselves and request reviews by their actions and the data they provide to CMS. Are you aware of the signals you might be sending and how to protect yourself?
Objectives:
Speaker:
Michael Tidd has over 19 years of experience in the Home Care Industry and is a frequent speaker at HealthCare Synergy Workshops and Webinars. He is a Software Developer, LVN and Certified in ICD-9/10 Coding and OASIS (COS-C, HCS-D). As the Clinical Manager for HealthCare Synergy, he directs the Outsourced Management Services, assists in directing the development of the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition, oversees the Clinical Documentation Auditing provided to clients and directs the Clinical Form Development for the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition. Michael continues to educate agencies in the ongoing regulations that CMS produces, the proper application of the Medicare Conditions of Participation and completing timely, accurate and defendable clinical documentation to survive in the current Medicare Reimbursement Model.

AHHC 2021 Leadership Conference

Presented by: Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina

Date: November 8-9

Location: Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Information and Registration


FREE WEBINAR: Admit more Patients & Stop Nursing Burnout!

Presented by: OperaCare

Date: November 10

Time: 1:00 pm EST; 10:00 PST

Information and Registration

The nursing shortage is getting much worse and will most likely impact your business if it has not already.
During this event we will demonstrate how to complete an entire OASIS in approx. 60 minutes or less. This includes ICD-10 coding, entry and revision of medication’s, all the OASIS items, and Quality Assurance while the nurse is with the patient in the home.

The result: Eliminating 100% of after-hours documentation, increasing clinical productivity, and reducing your labor costs.

The Benefit: The ability to significantly increase your recruitment and retention efforts by providing your clinicians with a sane and humane work life balance.


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.

 


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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.


FREE WEBINARS: "Best of Home Care Heroes" Series 

Sponsored by: Ankota

Featuring: Steve "The Hurricane" Weiss, Ophelia Cole, Barbara Gaines, Cheryl Hammons, others

Dates: Ongoing

 

Contact Ankota directly about two special offers: a free trial of a staffed, live-chat solution for your website, and a discount to Steve Weiss' "Mililonaire Bootcamp."

 



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