Volume 10, Number 41 March  31, 2021



BREAKING NEWS

The last week of a month is typically a bye week for us, but there are three major items that could not wait.

 

Casamba Sold

On Monday, March 31, post-acute software vendor Casamba LLC announced that it has been acquired by Net Health, a provider of cloud-based software for specialty medical providers. Casamba, headquartered in Agoura Hills, California, is a provider of electronic medical record (EMR) solutions for physical, speech and occupational therapy providers and, since its acquisition of Wilmington, Massachusetts-based HealthWyse, home health and hospice agencies. Net Health stated that the acquisition will expand the company's offerings linking providers across the continuum of care from hospital to home.

Casamba serves customers in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, in outpatient clinics, and, in home health and hospice settings. The acquisition will augment Net Health's presence in post-acute care. The combined company will boast market-leading EMR and analytics products in use at over 23,000 facilities across the continuum of care, including 98% of large hospital chains and many leading skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, home health and hospice agencies, and wound care and other specialty clinics.

 

 

CMS TO SUSPEND PROCESSING CLAIMS

Anticipating possible congressional action to extend the moratorium on the 2% sequester cut to all Medicare payments, which expired Wednesday, CMS announced on March 30 that it has instructed Medicare Administrative Contractors to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for at least two weeks. It appears that means claims submitted for February and March dates of service will be processed during the suspension.

The Senate last week passed a bill that, among other health care provisions, would extend the moratorium on the 2% cut to all Medicare payments, known as sequestration, through the end of 2021, but changes the Senate made to the original House version must be confirmed by the House before the moratorium extension can be sent for the President's signature.

The House, however, is on vacation until the week of April 13. It is expected to take up the Senate-passed bill when it reconvenes. CMS says it prefers to suspend payments rather than reprocess claims to restore the 2% if necessary.

 

 

Longest-serving Technology Executive Announces Retirement (Sort-of)

Keith Crownover began his career at the company that is now Delta Health Technologies in 1983. This week, he told friends and associates that 38 years is about enough. Before he leaves, however, he will help manage a national survey in which he wants you to participate. He will also enter a new, part-time role as Senior Advisor. "After such a long, happy, and mostly successful ride...it was time!" he wrote. "I will be focusing on serving Delta's customers and our industry in my next phase with the company. A key role will be co-chairing the National Healthcare-At-Home 2021 Best Practices and Future Insights Study:

"To help the healthcare-at-home industry both manage and provide quality outcome-driven care in the new healthcare environment, BerryDunn’s healthcare consulting division has partnered with the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), NAHC Forum of State Associations, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), LeadingAge, Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), and Council of State Home Care and Hospice Associations to launch the National Healthcare at 2021 Home Best Practices and Future Insights Study. This national study is designed to provide agency leaders with clinical and operational best practices performed by leading organizations across the country."

Click here or below to read details about the survey and how to offer your input.

 

We will have more detail on these bulletins in our April 7 edition.
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Tim Rowan



CMS to Suspend Claims Processing
Suspension covers services provided during April. Will last until House of Representatives returns from vacation.

Casamba Acquired by Specialty Medical Provider Software Firm
Net Health provides software and analytics for hospital chains, skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and private practices.

BerryDunn Announces National Healthcare at Home 2021 Best Practices and Future Insights Study
All agencies now invited to complete the online input survey.



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