Volume 8, Number 43 — May  22, 2019




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

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Are you ready for a little Cash? How about Sinatra? Presley? We learned amazing statistics last week about the power of music in dementia and COPD care. Not having patients listen to music, mind you, but sing it. Senior staff writer Darcey Trescone spent some time with our old friend Rachel Francine who, with her music therapist partner, Andrew Tubman, founded a company called Musical Health Technologies and developed a product, Singfit, to enable caregivers who are not music therapists to deliver the benefits of singing to their patients. We first introduced you to SingFit four years ago (SingFit Wins CES Innovation Award, 1/7/15) and have been impressed with their progress since then. Medicare and non-medical providers alike will get some new therapy ideas from Darcey's interview.

The rest of this week's issue is all Medicare and CMS-focused. There is a lot going on as software vendors prepare to help their provider clients through the January, 2020 regulatory changes. Darcey conducted this week's inside interview with Casamba, owner of the software once known as HealthWyse, and Thornberry, Ltd., with its six-time "Best in KLAS" nDoc software. As we make our way through interviews with as many vendors as we can between now and January, we are beginning to see they are all working diligently to make sure their software supports PDGM. Of course, they can't do it all. You have a lot of process changes to make. We will do our best to bring interviews with experts to help with that as well.

This next article came as quite a surprise. CMS has taken steps to bring RAC auditors under control. Guest author Elizabeth Hogue, esq., explains what CMS administrator Seema Verma is trying to accomplish by inserting rules that should stop some of the abuses plaguing many Medicare providers.

Lastly, providers in Illinois are well aware that Pre-Claim Reviews are coming back, though under a different name. If this revamped (of course, that means "repaired") version is successful, CMS will continue its original plan to extend it to additional states. That means our announcement from eSolutions about software they have developed to help Illinois Home Health providers with the new "Review Choice" demonstration should be of interest to everyone.

Worth the trip
It was good meeting so many readers in New York and Colorado this month at their respective association meetings. Remember that we are always open to receiving news tips and article submissions. Following recent reader comments, we will be looking closely at data interoperability and state-by-state EVV issues in coming editions. Thank you for subscribing, and don't forget to click on our sponsors' graphics. They make this free service possible.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Music as Medicine to Improve Patient Outcomes
Singfit is using music as medicine to address the needs of dementia and COPD patient's in home care.

CMS Reins in RAC Abuses
Guest author Elizabeth Hogue, esq. describes major limitations to Recovery Audit Contractor powers, imposed after numerous provider complaints about RAC overreaching.

PDGM Vendor Perspectives and Preparations
Casamba and Thornberry discuss their PDGM perspectives and preparations.

eSolutions Launches Product to Help with Review Choice Demonstration
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for Home Health Services will begin June 1, 2019, in Illinois. To assist home health providers with the pre-claim review and post-payment review requirements, eSolutions has launched its Review Choice Demonstration tool.



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Upcoming Events

WEBINAR: 5 Crucial Ways to Prepare for PDGM

Sponsored by: HealthCare Synergy

Featuring: Michael Tidd, LVN, COS-C, COS-D
Dates: November 13
Time:
10:00 am PST / 1:00 am EST

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Agencies are rapidly trying to prepare for the PDGM payment model. We will show you the most crucial ways an agency can prepare for the internal changes needed for PDGM. While most agencies are focusing on how to instruct clinicians on the change, PDGM has the most impact on office functions. Attend and gain insight on the things the agency needs to be doing now to prepare for January 1, 2020.

Objectives:
1. Learn agency level changes that can be implemented to be successful in 2020
2. Understand how to approach budgeting and finances under PDGM
3. What do your clinicians really need to know to ensure the agencies continued success

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.


Webinar: Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs

Presented by: CMS

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Fee: Free

Description: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar for Medicare-certified hospice providers to provide an overview on Hospital Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements.

During this webinar, CMS subject matter experts will provide information on the following topics:

CMS will answer questions at the end of the webinar as time permits.

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Conference: Successful Home Health Transformation

Hosted Dixon Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Date: December 5-6
Location
: Bally's, Las Vegas
Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Speakers: Richard K. Dixon, Cheryl Peltekis, RN, Meaghan McCormick, Esq., Donna Floyd, RN, BSN, J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, BCCH-C, COS-C, WCC; Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C; Cory Mertz, managing partner for a leading healthcare M&A firm.

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Approved for up to 10 hours of Continuing Nursing Education by Corexcel, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

 


 

WEBINAR: PDGM Preparation: Operational Strategies

Sponsored by Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions & MedBridge

Date: December 5
Time: 1:00 pm EST

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Knowing that resources are tight as PDGM approaches, Kornetti & Krafft is offering a free overview of OASIS D1 to ensure that changes to this critical data collection instrument do not get lost in the shuffle.

What is Included:

 


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WEBINAR: Key Documentation Issues for 2020 & the Future

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

Date: March 18
Time:
1:00 - 2:30 EDT

Encore date:
March 25; On-demand recording available


Information and Registration

Documentation remains a key requirement for home care providers as the consequences for inadequate documentation become more severe.

Gather your staff members to emphasize effective documentation yet again. Real examples of cases involving problematic documentation will be presented. Questions and case examples are welcome, and extensive handouts will be provided for use by staff members.

Recordings Available: Pandemic Recovery - Rebuild Stronger Than Ever

Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice

Two days of keynote and breakout presentations for home health and hospice providers.

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Virtual Conference: Virtual Summit on Health System Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The Nation’s Health System Leaders Engage in a Real-Time Dialogue on Pandemic Recovery and the Future of Health Care in America

Sponsored by: Global Health Care, LLC

Featuring:

Date: June 22-25

The Nation’s Health System Leaders Engage in a Real-Time Dialogue on Pandemic Recovery and the Future of Health Care in America

All health care providers offering full-time, hands-on services to COVID patients click here to register at no cost.

All others register here by June 5 for $200 discount


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.


Virtual Conference: NAHC Financial Managers Annual Meeting

July 27-30

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Free Webinar: Carpe Diem: Now is the Ideal Time to Excavate Your Brand Genius

A complimentary webinar & roundtable discussion for executive business leaders

Featuring: Mary Maloney

Date: September 11
Time: 12:00 - 12:45 EDT

Now more than ever we need leaders ready to own a new world narrative - those who are brave enough to strategically position and message their voice in the marketplace from a deeper perspective of purpose that connects directly to what lights them up (their brand genius).

Many leaders confess that they have forgotten their greatness or feel lost in a sea of sameness, amongst a fiercely competitive set. They say they struggle with what words will resonate or feel “salesy” when asked, “What do you do?”

Thanks to the pace of technology, we have less than seconds to connect, therefore, it’s no longer all about what you do for a living and the quantifiable goals you achieved;  it’s much more about what you stand for, the legacy you want to leave and building trust expeditiously with your tribe.

 If 82% of people make buying decisions based on emotion (Capgemini), what emotive messages are you sending?

This webinar will start you on your journey to deliberately make your personal brand come alive.

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PIVOT. PREPARE. PROSPER.

The 2020 Annual Conference of the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina

September 28-30
This year's conference will be presented online

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Free Webinar: Preparation For A New Normal — Infection Control

Presented by: Savii

Featuring: James Cohen, CEO, Nevvon

Date: October 20
Time: 1:00 EDT
Fee:
Free

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This webinar is catered to home care agency owners, HR, operations, nursing and marketers.

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

Sponsored by: Care Connect

Moderator:Panelists: 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

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Virtual Conference: Southwest Homecare and Hospice

A collaborative online conference by the home care associations of:

Date: November 18-19

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Experience recognized experts and thought leaders as they share their insights, actionable strategies, and relevant tools and resources.


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Interoperability for Service Providers through CMS’s EMDI Initiative

Presented by: ElevatingHOME and VNAA

Featuring: Pallavi Talekar, Project Manager, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Ray Wilkerson, Sr. Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Nandini Ganguly, Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Kishan Patel Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Briana Barnes, Project Coordinator, Scope Infotech, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, July 30
Time:
12:00 pm EDT
Fee:
Free to ElevatingHome, VNAA, and Alliance for Home Health Quality Improvement members

Registration

Representatives from the EMDI Initiative team will discuss interoperability using health IT standards, including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Participants will learn about pilot opportunities with CMS to enhance provider workflow using three critical use cases. Participants will:


Security Risk Assessment Tool Overview and User Feedback Session

Presented by: CMS

Date: Wednesday July 17

Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Fee: Free

ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights are holding a training session and overview of the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool. The tool is designed to assist small to medium providers in conducting an internal security risk assessment. This assessment will aid providers with their security risk analysis as required by the HIPAA Security Rule and the CMS EHR Incentive program. Following the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
 
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PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustments - What You Need to Know Now

Sponsored by eSolutions

Featuring: Karri Wright, Sr. Director, Product Management at Homecare Homebase

Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: 2:00 pm CDT
Fee: Free

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The webinar covers:



A QUALITY JOB: Clinical Management & Care Coordination Under PDGM

Hosted by VNAA
Sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree
Presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants

Featuring: Laura Wilson, RN, BSN, Sr. Manager, Simione Healthcare Consultants
Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 12:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

PDGM is so much more than a billing change! Home health agencies preparing for payment reform need to look closely at clinical operations to make accommodations that will uphold quality, including care alternatives that add value to the equation. In this webinar, we’ll share insights based on the findings of gap analyses to help your organization make a successful transition under the new requirements. Recommended Attendees: Clinical Managers, Intake Staff, Coders / QA, Finance & Billing personnel Hosted by VNAA, sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree, presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants




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