Volume 9, Number 50 March  27, 2020



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

This special edition of The Rowan Report brings the latest COVID-19 news from tech vendors, the CDC, and CMS. Private duty EMR software company AlayaCare has released a screening tool to be used with both clients and caregivers. Sandata is making several of its patient and caregiver survey tools available for no charge. Kno2 will also offer its patient data exchange tools for free for the duration of the national emergency.

Staff writer Darcey Trescone has been keeping a close eye on regulatory and financial news. She filed several reports for this special edition. To help HHAs and hospices cope with the pandemic, CMS is suspending recertification and revisit surveys until further notice. In a separate report, we detail the delayed deadlines for submitting Medicare cost reports. However, we also discuss why experts urge you to get yours done by the original deadline anyway.

 

 

CMS has been regularly updating its Coronavirus web site FAQ page. We found one relevant Q&A in the March 26 version. Use the link in our report to visit the page with the rest of the questions. The same link should work as they update the page.

The CDC has issued PPE guidelines for clinicians. It may be too soon to know how many COVID-19 patients HHAs and home care agencies and hospices will come across but the federal agency strongly recommends they prepare. Click on the headlines below to explore each of these reports.

 


Look for our regular issue next Wednesday, with reports on electronic document signing services and telehealth systems, from companies offering free services or steep discounts and streamlined implementation schedules to help you care for your patients as safely as possible. We also have a podcast interview with a private duty agency owner who deployed a patient engagement system that has clients and their families overwhelming them with praise and gratitude.

If you are a tech company making special arrangements for your clients during these difficult times, please let us know so we can spread the word.

 

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Tim Rowan



Vendor COVID-19 Watch
— Sandata makes virus survey questions available at no cost
— AlayaCare releases COVID-19 screener
— Kno2 to make data document exchange service free through the end of the crisis

Cost Report Deadline Extensions - Why You Should File Early
Agencies can still file their cost reports on time and industry experts would encourage doing so if possible.

CMS News: Covid-19 Changes Loosen Survey and Certification Regs
Standard home health and hospice recertification surveys and revisit surveys will not be conducted until further notice.

CDC Offers Interim Guidance on PPE
The degree to which home health agencies will be caring directly for COVID-19 confirmed patients is still unclear, but agencies should be prepared. Here are some CDC guidelines.

CMS COVID-19 Update: New FAQ
Little of interest to post-acute care providers in the latest FAQ release from CMS. But we post the link for you.



During the 2nd Quarter of 2021, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 5944 times.

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As of this date, approximately 37,114,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

More Tech Vendors Step Up to Help Cope With Pandemic
As we hear from tech companies about special programs they have initiated, we will add to this report. This week:

— CRM software developer Enquire Solutions guarantees support while staff works from home
— CareCentrix to offer Remote Patient Monitoring free for 30 days
— BKBooks will ship hospice books and movies to the homes you cannot enter due to a COVID-19 infection

Wearable Remote Patient Monitoring Evolves Again
Not all patients can manage tablets, smart phones, or even TV remotes. This passive remote patient monitoring system requires no patient tech skills.


Upcoming Events

WEBINAR: Documentation: How to Fight Auditors

A 90-minute Lunch & Learn Audio Conference by Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. Health Care Attorney

Date: May 5
Time:
1:00 - 2:30 EDT

Encore date:
May 12; On-demand recording available 24/7

Information and Registration

Home health agencies and hospices are plagued by audits! The United Program Integrity Contractors (UPICs) are hard at work. RAC auditors are now back on the job, too. Plus, there are ADRs, scrutiny from the OIG, and more! What should providers do to avoid being in the crosshairs or to get out of the line of fire?

The answer, of course, is documentation. For home health agencies, auditors regard whether patients are homebound and whether care provided was reasonable and necessary as “low-hanging fruit.” Hospices are likely to face denials related to whether patients are terminally ill. 

Home health agencies should continuously document regarding homebound status. Hospices must focus documentation on whether patients continued to be eligible for the hospice benefit. Both types of providers should “tell the story” of patients’ conditions so that care is clearly reasonable and necessary. 

If providers are targeted by auditors, they should carefully review and make additions and changes consistent with applicable standards before submitting records.

Attend this presentation to learn exactly how to document to minimize denials.

Webinar Series: Sales Training, Home Health and Hospice

Presented by: Healthcare Strategica, LLC

Featuring: Michael Ferris

1 - 8-week Hospice & Palliative Care Sales Training Course

2 - 8-week Home Health Sales Training

Rowan Report subscribers: Register with this link to receive $100 discount.

We have taken our best of class industry specific sales training bootcamps and are offering them via Webinar to enable you to continue to train your sales team in today's world of limited travel and social distancing.

The Hospice and Palliative Care course will be offered live every Tuesday starting May 19 through July 7, 2020.

The Home Health course will be offered live every Tuesday starting May 21 through July 9, 2020.

Each class will have participation exercises, homework assignments, quizzes and question and answer opportunities.

Each participant will receive their own course materials and individual coaching and feedback. At the conclusion of the course each student will receive a certificate of completion, an invitation to join the exclusive Sales Mastery Group* and opportunity to join the 52-week Sales Training Excellence Course.*

* Only available to Sales Professionals that have successfully completed the 8-week Sales Training Course – additional fees may apply.

Each session will be offered on-demand and if unable to attend the live webinar, you will be able to view the recording and participate in exercises, questions, coaching and quizzes. If you start after the first webinar date, you will be provided with access to those classes missed so that you can get caught up or you may elect to attend via the recorded sessions.


FREE WEBINAR: How Technology Enhances Home Care in an Increasingly Remote World *

Sponsored by: Care Connect

Moderator: Tim Rowan

Panelists: Mike Gelman, President COO, CareConnect; Jim Rolla, SVP, VNSYNY Partners in Care; Steve Pellito, SVP, Provider Sales, Sandata

Date: November 12
Time:
1:00 pm EDT

Register


FREE WEBINAR: Cybersecurity in Healthcare: Assess Threats & Reduce Your Risk

Presented by: Netsmart

Featuring: Randy Pargman, Binary Defense senior director of threat hunting and counterintelligence; Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW, OPEN MINDS senior associate; and Mike Murray, Netsmart director of Plexus Technologies,

Date: December 9

Time: 1:00 EST

Information and Registration

Healthcare organizations are often at risk of cyberattacks due to a lack of dedicated IT and reliance on traditional reactive approaches. To learn how to protect your data, register now to join Randy Pargman, as they map the risk landscape and provide guidance for safeguarding your organization.

Key takeaways:

• Cyber threats in healthcare
• Impacts of a data breach
• Best practices for securing your data


 

FREE WEBINAR: Can you collect Cash faster?

Sponsored by: Savii

Date: Tuesday, January 12

Time: 2:00 pm EST

Information and Registration

With small margins in home care it has prompted the question, “Can we collect cash faster?” And what would this do for an agency? One thing we know is margins are small and have become more challenging than ever to for agencies to profit. This doesn’t mean it impossible for agencies to survive; it means a focus on collecting cash faster will be ever so important.


Agency leaders will first need to develop a timeline cadence of when to address claims based on when they were submitted for payment. In addition it will be pertinent to understand their own agency metrics such as DSO (Daily Sales Outstanding) and how they compare to industry standards.

On this webinar you will walk away with how to develop a timeline and your own DSO dashboard for benchmarking. All of these topics will weave into  strategic steps to take toward collecting cash flow faster.

FREE WEBINAR: The Rise of Hospital at Home: A Roundtable Discussion

Sponsored by: AlayaCare

Featuring: Dr. Bruce Leff, Hospital at Home Pioneer & Professor, John Hopkins School of Medicine; Adrian Schauer, Founder and CEO
AlayaCare; Joel Theisen, Founder and CEO, Lifesprk; Brady Murphy, VP Sales & Marketing, AlayaCare

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time:
1:00 EST

Information and Registration

Agenda
Across the U.S., the Acute Hospital Care at Home initiative from CMS is taking off amid the pandemic with at least 80 approved participants to date. As hospital-at-home models become more popular and more beneficial to both patients and health care organizations, those that have recognized the perks of home-based care prior to the COVID-19 crisis may have the upper hand.

Join us on Wednesday, Jan 27th at 1:00 pm EST for a roundtable discussion with industry experts such as Dr. Bruce Leff, Hospital at Home Pioneer and Professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine who deserves his reputation as a founding father of this virtual hospital concept, to learn about the hospital-at-home model and its impact on the home care industry.



FREE WEBINAR: 6 New COVID-19 ICD-10 Codes to Learn Webinar

Presented by: Healthcare Synergy
Featuring:
Michael Tidd, HealthCare Synergy Clinical Manager

Date: Thursday, February 4
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 PST

Register

COVID-19 has resulted in multiple waivers along with changes to programs and treatments to patients.  April 1 had an unexpected release of a new diagnosis code for the COVID-19 disease.  October 1 had additional diagnosis codes for agencies to learn and use.  January 1, 2021 brings six additional diagnosis codes that CMS released the week of Thanksgiving.  These will not be listed in your existing diagnosis coding manuals until a new manual is released later in August. 
Objectives:
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.

FREE Webinar: Practical Application of Information Blocking and Interoperability Rules for Post-Acute Care Providers

Sponsored by: Complia Health and Kno2

Date: February 18
Time: 1:00 EST

Information and Registration

Join healthcare technology experts Alan Swenson, VP of Interoperability at Kno2, and Melissa Turner, Director of Integration at Complia Health, on Thursday, February 18th at 1pm Eastern to learn about information blocking and what it means for your post-acute care organization today and looking ahead to the future. 


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


NAHC Financial Managers 2021 Conference and Expo *

Presented by: National Association of Home Care and Hospice

Date: August 1-3

Venue: Sheraton Grand Chicago

Information and Registration

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.


SCHCHA 2021 Annual Conference

Presented by: South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association

Date: October 25-26

Location: Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC

Information and Registration


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


Employee Owned 2021 — "Adapt / Innovate / Lead"

Presented by: The ESOP Foundation: International Employee Ownership Center

DATE: November 10-12
VENUE: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

"Employee Owned 2021," a hybrid ESOP Conference, is built to help you adapt to the ever-changing business landscape. The pandemic, government regulations, supply chain issues, the list of obstacles to optimally running your ESOP goes on and on. We are here to help. Through insightful speakers, innovative ideas, the latest industry updates, technical content you can trust, and a focus on current events, Employee Owned 2021 will prepare you and your ESOP to march confidently into 2022.

More Information

Who Should Attend?


*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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