Volume 11, Number 15 March  2, 2022



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We begin with an urgent message from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice this week. Please click on our lead article and read the appeal to contact your Representatives and Senators as soon as possible.

We Love Reader Feedback

The response to our recent report about the powerful comments made from the Home Care 100 stage was historic. We count clicks on articles and that one got about 10 times as many eyeballs as our usual weekly "most-read" story. It also generated some serious responses. Rather than print a couple of your letters, we decided to gather them and analyze them for our next issue. Here is a preview: "Physicians would say to the Home Health community, 'There is no more money; get used to it.'" If you were one of the few who missed that article and would like to read up before we publish our analysis, click below in our "Most-Read" column.

LHC Group Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Bruce Greenstein was not the only featured speaker making waves at Home Care 100. We report this week on the comments of former CMS Administrator Seema Verma, now a WellSky board member. Free from her former title, she was a tad more forthcoming with her opinions about some of the regulatory limitations she had to endure for four years, and that Home Health and Hospice are still living with.

 

 

Attention IT Cybersecurity Managers

We are honored to have been chosen to publish an important security advisory by guest author Don Boxley, Jr., MBA. Don is the CEO of DH2i, a cybersecurity firm. He argues that ransomware criminals have figured out how to get around VPN connections and recommends a more modern solution. His excellent piece is titled "Healthcare Industry Huge Target for Cybercrime."

 

VENDOR NEWS

Not to confuse you, but we learned of two software company announcements this week: Axxess and Axis Care. The Home Health and Hospice software vendor Axxess announced a unique palliative care management system. The private duty vendor Axis Care has landed a huge national franchise as its newest customer. Click on our Vendor Watch column for details.

 

Still Struggling with Staffing Shortages?

We remain committed to doing everything we can to find staffing solutions for you, some designed to attract more applicants, some to keep good workers on board longer. Throughout 2022, we will be bringing new companies with new strategies into these pages, and we are seeking speaking engagements at state and national conferences so we can tell you about all the hidden gems we have found.

We know this is important to you. We presented an early version of this year's presentation in Colorado last fall, to a standing room only audience. The updated version will include additional technology products and personal video messages from their inventors or CEOs. Watch this page. We will let you know where we will be appearing as soon as we get our acceptance from each state.

 

 

Worth the Trip: AHHC 50th Anniversary Celebration

Registration has opened for the Annual Convention & Expo — and 50th birthday party — of the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina. "Building Tomorrow Together" will be held at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree! This event includes a Hospice & Palliative Care Clinical Intensive (Sunday, 5/1), Main Conference (5/2-5/3), and a Population Health Day (5/4). Invited guests include NC Governor, Roy Cooper; NC DHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley; Secretary of NC Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs, Walter Gaskin; Past AHHC Board of Directors Chairs; & other VIPs!

The Hospice & Palliative Care Clinical Intensive speakers include Michael Lalor, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE, HMDC, FAAHPM, FAAPL, Chief Medical Officer, Trellis Supportive Care; Mark Fox, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC, National Medical Director, Kindred at Home-Hospice Division; Elizabeth Golding, DO, Medical Director, Cone Health Palliative Care Services.

After-hours activities will include a "Throwback to the 70's" themed 50th Anniversary Celebration. Other confirmed speakers include Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, NAHC President Bill Dombi, AHHC President & CEO Tim Rogers, NHPCO President & CEO Edo Banach, and two Senior Provider Relations Representatives from Palmetto GBA. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

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Tim Rowan



Urgent Call to Action to Help Hospice Providers
NAHC advocacy needs ALL in-home care providers to contact their representatives about telehealth for the hospice F2F recert.

Healthcare Industry Huge Target for Cybercrime
Guest author Don Boxley Jr. makes a case for replacing vulnerable VPN security with much stronger "Software-Defined Perimeter" solutions.

Former CMS Admin Delivers Mixed Messages
Seema Verma addressed this year's Home Care 100 audience with two contradictory messages.

Vendor Watch
— Interim choose Axis Care for private duty franchises
— Axxess introduces palliative care software solution



During the 2nd Quarter of 2022, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 4119 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:

Kristin@rowanresources.com

As of this date, approximately 44,869,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Shock and Awe at Homecare 100
475 attendees too stunned to applaud.

Innovative Technologies Featured at Home Care 100 2022
Last week's Home Care 100 gathering concluded with demonstrations of seven new technology products. Whether you are Home Health, Hospice, or Home Care, at least two or three of them will improve your organization's operations.


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

 

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!


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

Registration Information



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

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