Volume 10, Number 44 April  7, 2021




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We had hoped to have written our last article about COVID-19 and the mitigation tools our industry's technology vendors have been so quick to develop. Alas, the pandemic is not over, viral mutations now outnumber the original version, and healthcare providers are anxiously waiting to hear just how much protection the various vaccine brands actually offer. The so-called "fourth wave" many areas of the country are reporting is disturbing, but it is being met by continuing innovations. We tested two of them for this week's report.

 

 

The Problem of Hybrid Meetings

As many continue to work from home and attend company meetings remotely, it is critical to ensure they are able to fully participate. The key obstacle is audio. Even the best existing solutions for the need to hear and be heard are often inadequate. In-person attendees shout into speaker phones and strain to hear the remote employee's input. We tested the "Erika" personal microphone system from Convergent Design, a Colorado company, and give it a five star recommendation. Click on "Futuristic Microphone System Makes Remote Meetings More Productive," below in our list of article headlines.

Tracking COVID, Building Data

Staff writer Darcey Trescone discovered a smart phone app, V-safe, that anyone can use for free to help build a national database of infections, vaccinations, and symptoms. V-safe supports the "Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System," co-managed by the FDA and CDC. It is easy enough for nearly anyone to use. I downloaded it and tried it myself after reading Darcey's helpful explanation of the tool itself and of the difference between passive and active surveillance. Read "COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Patient Self-Reporting."

 

 

Mesothelioma

If you have cancer patients who may have developed their illness after having been exposed to asbestos, Medical Outreach Services from The Mesothelioma Center may provide you the support you need. We outline these services in "Mesothelioma Center Provides Medical Outreach Services for Healthcare Providers."

Other News

In our other entries this week, read about CMS training on the new Hospice Item Set Manual V3.00 and the next CMS Open Door Forum.

Our Vendor Watch column introduces major executive moves at AlayaCare and Complia Health. AlayaCare also sent us news of a new contract with a large Michigan home care provider.

Lastly, please do not forget an important announcement we mentioned last week. You are urged to participate in 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.

 

 

Worth the Trip

KanTime, Nevvon, and Viventium will join forces on April 22 to present a free webinar on solutions for EMR, Training/Education, and human capital management. Scroll down to our list of conferences to register. Remember also that live conferences are beginning to pop up. Homecare 100 will be in Marco Island, Florida at the end of June; the Homecare & Hospice Association of Utah Annual Conference will be live May 18-19, and the NAHC Financial Managers meeting will return to Chicago in August.

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

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Tim Rowan



Futuristic Microphone System Makes Remote Meetings More Productive
"Erika" is the evolutionary invention that will make lavaliere microphones and speakerphones obsolete in company meetings with remote attendees.

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Patient Self-Reporting
Post-Acute Care patients can participate in, benefit from, COVID vaccination data sharing service.

Mesothelioma Center Provides Medical Outreach Services for Healthcare Providers
Home health, hospice, and home care providers with cancer patients are invited to take advantage of services to medical providers.

CMS News
— Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum April 13
— Changes in the Hospice Item Set Manual V3.00. Registration is now open for an instructional April 15 CMS webinar.

AmeriCare Medical to Implement AlayaCare
Award winning Michigan home health provider is the parent company of AmeriStaff Nursing Services, Sun Medical Equipment and Supplies, and Rx iV Pharmacy.

Vendor Watch
— AlayaCare Announces New SVP Engineering
— Complia Health Appoints Industry Veteran Rich Berner as CEO



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

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Kristin@rowanresources.com

As of this date, approximately 41,250,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

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

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.




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.

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: 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.

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 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."

 


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.


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.


Home Care Tech Expo *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: September 6-8, 2022
Venue: Gaylord National Harbor Maryland

Registration Information


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!


Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

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

Registration Information



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